February 2014

February 2014

February 2014
photo by Jason Peters
At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, 63 jumpers set the Women's World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation

February 2014 | Volume 55, Number 2 | Issue 652 more »

Save the Date: March 8, 2014

It’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, and it is time once again for USPA Safety Day! The event takes place each year on the second Saturday in March, but some drop zones will use an alternate date, and some will host the event at a location other than the DZ. Check with your local drop zone to make sure you show up at the correct time and in the right place! more »

The Neutral Belly Position

Axis Flight Logo Skydive Arizona Logo

Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Brianne Thompson at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Niklas Daniel. For more information visit axisflightschool.com or search “Axis Flight School” on Facebook. more »

Unbuckled Helmet

After checking your student’s gear, don’t forget to check you own! more »

Choosing a Canopy

The choices you make when purchasing skydiving gear can literally mean the difference between life and death. The data on the causes of skydiving injuries and fatalities makes it pretty clear that nothing is more important when it comes to gear than the size and type of main canopy you choose to fly and the decisions you make while flying it. more »

Mental Rehearsal

A picture is worth a thousand words. Regardless of experience level, successful skydivers in every discipline routinely employ mental rehearsal as one of their most effective tools. For this reason, part of the coach or instructor checklist is to guide the student through the jump mentally before letting him exiting the aircraft. more »

Profile - Russ Manhold | D-2216

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20142Russ Manhold started jumping in 1966 and continues to be active in the sport organizing Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) and Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) big-ways. As a skydiver, certified flight instructor and commercial pilot (with more than 12,000 flying hours as a drug-interdiction pilot for the U.S. Customs Service), Manhold has spent much of his life in the sky. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Roland Steadham


by Roland Steadham | C-39315 | Miami, Florida

When I did my first jump at Skydive Utah in Erda nearly four years ago, little did I know it would do much more than change my life; it saved my life! For 33 years, I was a successful TV meteorologist working in large markets like Miami, San Diego and Salt Lake City. But as things go, the economy took a big chunk out of advertising and TV budgets. The end result: I was let go. more »

Gearing Up - February 2014


As this is written, the year 2013 has just ended. As always, the new year provides a time for reflection on events of the previous year. For USPA that includes a final tally of U.S. skydiving fatalities and a review of their underlying causes. Not lost on us here is that each of these was fully a tragedy for the families and friends of those taken by a sport they so loved. Their inclusion as statistics isn’t meant to diminish their lives, but instead is intended to help the rest of us learn and survive. more »