August 2012

August 2012

August 2012
photo by Mike Burdon
USPA #206262
Tom Naef pilots his canopy under the Mediterranean Sea during a photo shoot for the Submission Project.

August 2012 | Volume 53, Number 8 | Issue 634 more »

On the Line: Succeeding in 4-Way

Part 3 of 6—Building the Foundations with Random Drills

Once your team has a clear picture of the ultimate goal it is trying to reach, it will need to develop a well-thought-out training plan that will help build a strong foundation of basic skills, discipline, work ethic and attitude. Don’t underestimate the importance of this. You can only reach heights that your foundation is strong enough to hold. If you try to reach for performance levels that are too high before your foundation of basic personal and team skills is strong enough, the team will forever be in a cycle of taking two steps forward and one step back (or possibly even one step forward and two steps back). But if your foundation is strong, you will be able to layer on new skills one at a time and continue a steady climb toward reaching your goal. more »

Foundations of Flight—Spinning a 2-Way-Caterpillar (Cat) Piece

Axis Flight Logo Skydive Arizona Logo

Brought to you by Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Travis Mills. more »

Bridle Concerns



What can I do to keep my main closing pin from piercing the bridle and locking my container closed? more »

Metal Links

After landing safely under his main, a jumper using borrowed gear found that the metal Rapide® link connecting his suspension lines to his risers had separated, with the bolt end of the link holding the risers and the threaded end holding the lines. Tension was the only thing that held the system together, and any maneuver would have caused it to separate. more »

Hook Knives

A hook knife is a pretty basic tool, similar to a letter opener in design. It is usually installed on the container so that the jumper can easily reach it. Some are slipped in behind the mud flap on the main lift web; others are located on the chest strap or down near the leg straps. There are many different brands and styles available, from small, cheap, plastic versions to more expensive, higher-quality models. more »

By the Book

The USPA Board of Directors has taken steps over the years to improve the quality of rating courses conducted around the world. With the development of the Instructor Examiner Rating Course and the restructuring of the examiner rating system several years ago, the final phase of revamping the USPA rating system concluded. However, one piece was missing. Many of the coach examiners were grandfathered into the system and never received any training on course facilitation and evaluation standards. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Cody Marsh


by Cody Marsh | B-29614 | San Diego, California

This story begins long before I ever strapped on a parachute for the first time, long before I saw “Point Break” and long before I even knew what a parachute was. more »

Profile - Wendy Faulkner | D-17441

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20128Wendy Faulkner, D-17441, is an evangelist when it comes to canopy formation skydiving (or, as many of its participants call it, canopy relative work or CRW). Faulkner started skydiving in 1993 and, after a CF jump in 1996, began a love affair with the discipline. She has been on all the latest CF world records, coaches new CF jumpers and performs parabatics. She is also an AFF instructor, flies camera, holds a PRO rating and simply loves the sport of skydiving. more »

Gearing Up - August 2012


Like every aviation association, USPA develops working relationships with many Federal Aviation Administration officials, not only at FAA Headquarters but also in district and field offices. Open and frequent communication is vital to balancing federal interest in—and regulation of—skydiving. Sometimes, we want the FAA’s attention, as when the agency needs to tell a local airport operator that it is unfairly denying a skydiving business access to the airport. Other times, we need to convince the FAA that additional regulation is unnecessary or unworkable. more »