Instructional

Canopy Courses

Many canopy-related accidents are rooted in a lack of basic skill and knowledge regarding canopy flight. The USPA Board of Directors has taken a step toward reducing canopy-related injuries and fatalities by mandating new requirements for the USPA B license. As of January 1, USPA’s new requirements are in place. Jumpers must now take a canopy course and submit a completed and properly signed USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card before receiving a USPA B-license. more »

Foundations of Flight—Sole-to-Sole

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy with his teammate from Arizona Arsenal, Steve Curtis. Photos by Travis Mills. more »

Expanding Your Horizons—Angle Flying

What is angle flying? Ask 10 people at your drop zone this question, and you will likely get 10 different answers. Some will call it tracking, atmonauti or flocking. Others may call it tracing, zooming or even “the stuff Europeans do.” Each of those can be considered a type of angle flying. In the broadest, simplest and—hopefully—least controversial sense, angle flying encompasses any type of flying that is neither completely flat (parallel to the ground) nor completely vertical (90 degrees to the ground). It is an area of skydiving that people around the world have been exploring for years at varying levels of complexity, but it seems to be misunderstood and underutilized at many drop zones and by a large portion of skydivers. more »

Foundations of Flight—Double Spock

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy with Arizona Arsenal’s Steve Curtis. Photos by Travis Mills. more »

Confessions of a Canopy Coach

Exiting from 5,000 feet, Stuart Schoenfeld clears the aircraft and pitches his pilot chute. After checking his canopy, he pulls his leg straps down to his thighs and pulls his chest strap loose until it reaches the very end. more »

Building a Rig

Talox FX photos and captions by Gordon Lindsay, courtesy of Rigging Innovations more »

Foundations of Flight—Side Buddies

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy with Thomas Hughes of Arizona Airspeed. Photos by Niklas Daniel. more »

Putting the FUN back in MalFUNction

Tired of being left out of the cool malfunction stories around the campfire? Envious of that up-jumper with a double-digit number of reserve rides? Or maybe skydiving’s lost its zing for you, but you’re not ready to invest in a complete set of new gear for edgier sports. more »

Foundations of Flight—Two-Way Head-Down Flower Exit

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Niklas Daniel of Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy with his teammate from Arizona Arsenal, Steve Curtis. Photos by Travis Mills. more »

Consider the Basics—Video Cameras for Skydiving

Thinking about getting into the world of freefall videography? Need some advice about which camera will best showcase your skygod-like skills? Want to know what features to look for? Navigating through the tangled internet looking at all the newest and greatest technology can get very confusing. more »