August 2017

August 2017

August 2017
photo by Daniel Hernan-Perez Aguilera | D-31147
Clockwise from top, Ze Miguel Abreu, Pier Luigi Querci and Guillermo Martinez exit for an upright dive during a freefly weekend organized by the team Cowabonga at USPA Foreign Affiliate Drop Zone Skydive Madrid in Ocaña Toledo, Spain.

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Gearing Up

Ed Scott With proposed air-traffic-control privatization, skydiving—and indeed all of general aviation—is facing the gravest threat to its longevity and future than ever before. If the 21st Century AIRR Act, otherwise known as H.R. 2997, goes through the U.S. Congress and the president signs it into law, it would carve the ATC function out of the Federal Aviation Administration and hand it to a new private corporation funded by new aviation user fees. (As written, the bill exempts general aviation from user fees, but any future Congress could change that.) more »

The Clouds in Our Heads—On the Lake Erie Tragedy and the False Security of Technology

On August 27, 1967, 16 skydivers died on the same load.
what has come to be known as “The Lake Erie Tragedy” resulted in more fatalities than any other skydiving-related accident since (with the exception of the 1992 skydiving plane crash in Perris, California, which also killed 16 people). This month marks its 50th anniversary. more »

Wingsuit Deployments Part 1

Flying a wingsuit, once you’re ready for it, is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t take much effort: Just relax, look where you want to go and fly back to the DZ without hitting anything. The tricky part—the part that even some highly experienced skydivers struggle with—is deploying and opening the parachute. more »

Once Upon a Time There Was a Movie Called “The Gypsy Moths”

In 1964, I launched my magazine, DZ-USA, to promote the sport and contribute something other than doomsday predictions at a time when the man on the street viewed a parachutist as a daredevil looking for a place to die. In that same year, I was invited to appear on “The Joey Bishop Show” in Hollywood to represent the sport. There, I met John Frankenheimer, who was promoting his move “Grand Prix,” and Lyle Cameron, who produced Skydiver magazine. John was very interested in what Lyle and I had to say about the sport. He stated that he’d always wanted to make a movie about it and would contact us if a future project came up. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Don Jean

Jumping out of an airplane was never on my bucket list. Well, honestly, I never had a bucket list until May 14, 2016: the day I completed my first tandem. more »

Profile - Jennifer Davidson | D-30287

by Brian Giboney
Jennifer Davidson, D-30287, is a member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team. Until recently, she was a member of GKF4, which in 2012 was the first all-female team to medal in open FS at a USPA Nationals and in 2016 took gold in women’s 4-way FS at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Championships. A versatile jumper, Davidson was also on the 2010 FAI Women’s World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation Skydive. The Army recently promoted her to master sergeant. more »

Back-Fly Forward Drive

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com. more »

Worn Gear Repercussions

A jumper with approximately 100 jumps experienced a premature main-canopy deployment soon after exiting the airplane. He was in a back-to-earth orientation when the main pilot chute escaped from its bottom-of-container pouch and extracted the main canopy.
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I Just Earned My A License … Now What?

After months of hard work, countless trips to the drop zone and a painful financial commitment, you are finally the proud recipient of a USPA A License. In the blink of an eye, you have graduated from being a carefully guarded and supervised student to a licensed skydiver under the watchful eye of … well … nobody. So, now what?  more »