December 2017

Gearing Up

Recent and long-time members alike will know the name of Clint Vincent, one of the association's longest-serving employees. He's actually served two 10-year stints at USPA; the first from 1985 to 1995 and the second between 2007 and 2017. Sadly but deservedly, Clint is retiring from USPA at the end of this year. more »

December 2017

December 2017
Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862
SDC Core launches a formation on its way to earning the Vertical Formation Skydiving National Championship at the USPA Nationals at Skydive Perris in California.


Like Riding A Bike—The 2017 Uspa National Skydiving Championships By Director Of Competition Randy Connell
Not Just A Competition A Nationals Photo Album more »

Practical Tips for Cloud Clearance

By Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School

USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements state, “No skydive may be made in violation of the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] regulations.” Not all countries have cloud-clearance regulations, but jumpers in the U.S. must abide by those found in Federal Aviation Regulations 105.17, which places joint responsibility for adherence on the jumper and the pilot. Though falling through clouds poses no health risks in and of itself, clouds can hide potential dangers—such as aircraft and other jumpers to collide with—that do. (Not to mention that jumping through the rain and hail that often come with clouds can be really unpleasant, anyway.) And under canopy, air conditions near clouds are often turbulent, which poses particular danger if you’re flying in a canopy formation. more »

Mixed Formation Skydiving Block 10 (Flat Stairstep)

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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 Wybenga. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at more »

Seatbelt Usage

Has this happened to you?
You’re hot loading a full turbine aircraft, and you’re one of the last on. You scrunch onto that last seat on the straddle bench and scramble to find your seatbelt just as the door shuts, only to discover that someone at the front of the plane skipped a belt. What do you do?
a) Nothing. What are the chances of a plane crash, anyway?
b) Nothing. Seatbelts don’t really save lives.
c) Quietly share a seatbelt with someone next to you and wonder if it’s legal.
d) Shout, “Stop the plane!” and reorganize so that everyone has the correct seatbelt and endure the inevitable teasing and new nicknames. more »

Gaining Experience

Good judgment comes from experience, but for many, a lot of their experience comes from bad judgment. Regardless of whether you are just getting started in teaching skydiving by gaining a USPA Coach rating or have been at it for years and are receiving an Instructor Examiner rating, working toward a goal and earning a new rating is a challenging process that requires hard work and dedication. It is the end of one process (preparing and completing a certification course) and the beginning of another (the real-world environment). You have proven you deserve the rating with your knowledge and flying skills, but now is when learning really begins. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Anastasia Uglova

“What on Earth—or in the sky—was I doing?” I asked, staring at RwandAir’s confirmation email for my flight to the Kenyan coast to begin AFF. Instead of the excitement that accompanies a trip to white-sand beaches and warm waters, I felt trepidation. Fear. more »

Profile - Logan Donovan | D-31751

By Brian Giboney

Logan Donovan, D-31751, is an Ivy League-educated software engineer who is using her skills to benefit skydiving. Along with being a competitive canopy pilot and national canopy piloting judge, she created the Control Tower scoring system used to judge CP events around the world. Donovan has medaled numerous times in Northeastern Canopy Pilot League and Florida Canopy Piloting Association meets. In September, she earned her first medals at a USPA Nationals. more »