January 2016

January 2016

January 2016
photo by Martin Lemay
Team Super Serious exits a Twin Otter for a round of vertical formation skydiving at the USPA National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

January 2016 | Volume 57, Number 1 | Issue 675 more »

A Problem With Two Solutions—The Pilot-Chute-in-Tow Malfunction

Coke or Pepsi? Chevy or Ford? Your daily life is filled with choices. Though most choices are inconsequential to your safety and wellbeing, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to skydiving. A perfect example of a skydiving problem with two possible solutions is the pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction. more »

I Want to Become an AFF Instructor. Now What?

You love skydiving and want to teach others about your passion. What a great goal! That is the kind of motivation that leads to becoming a great instructor. You won’t become financially rich, but you will be very rich in other aspects, and you’ll be living the dream! more »

Range-of-Motion Drills for Back Flyers

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

Beyond the First Flight: Relative Work

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By Taya Weiss of the Lightning Flight wingsuit, freefly and angle-flight school at Skydive Perris in California. more »

Spinning Malfunctions

After any given weekend, you’ll hear about several jumpers from around the country who needed to cut away from their rapidly spinning main canopies. You’d think that skydivers would really want to avoid having malfunctions, but with all of the spinning malfunctions occurring recently, it seems that the opposite is true. Amazingly, malfunctions of this type remain a prominent cause of cutaways even though almost all of them are preventable. more »

Packed Correctly for a Cutaway



Is My Rig Set Up and Packed Correctly for a Cutaway? more »

New S&TA Requirement

As a USPA Safety and Training Advisor, your role on the drop zone encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, from administrative tasks (such as administering license tests) to more technical duties (such as providing guidance for safety-related matters) and everything in between. The S&TA is the go-to person on the drop zone when it comes to all matters involving safety and training. However, until recently, there was never any process for training or testing S&TAs. A drop zone owner would contact the regional director and ask to have Joe Skydiver appointed an S&TA for the drop zone and, poof! An S&TA was born! But this is now changing. By March 1, 2016, all current S&TAs will need to complete an online training module to remain an S&TA, and all new S&TAs must complete it before receiving the appointment. more »

Profile - Eli Godwin | D-22770

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20161Eli Godwin started skydiving in 1997 and immediately gravitated to the discipline of canopy formation skydiving. Since then, he’s earned numerous CF records and championships, and has zero video busts in competition as Clean Air’s camera flyer. Godwin is transgender and is actively involved in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) skydiving community and Rainbow Skydivers, a group that organizes unofficial record attempts and events for LGBT jumpers and those who support them. Additionally, Godwin is an accuracy landing, canopy formation and formation skydiving national judge and a single-engine pilot. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Mallory Wisong


by Mallory Wisong  | A-72461 | Ossining, New York

Fear does not stop death; it stops life. Learning to skydive has taught me this lesson and helped shape the person I am today. I was never one of those people who had always wanted to skydive. No bucket list, dare or any amount of peer pressure was going to get me to jump out of a plane. In fact, I had never even considered skydiving until my husband made his first tandem. He was hooked immediately and got his license that same year. more »