July 2013

July 2013

July 2013
photo by Katie Blain
Yuri Garmashov competes in a speed round during the USPA National Championships of Canopy Piloting at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

July 2013 | Volume 54, Number 7 | Issue 645 more »

Canopies for Kids

In the spring of 2012, skydiving enthusiasts Matt Kuikman and Taryn McKay founded Canopies for Kids, an organization that provides skydivers the opportunity to jump with stuffed teddy bears for sick children. Canopies for Kids gives sick children the bears in the hope that the furry friends will provide them with the courage they need to get through the tough times they have ahead. A heartfelt card and a note from the skydiver accompanies each of what are billed as “the bravest stuffed teddy bears in the world." more »

Backward Movement—Belly Flying

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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 »

Wingsuit Rodeos

As wingsuiting has grown in popularity, so have wingsuit rodeos. YouTube and Facebook contain lots of footage of scary wingsuit rodeos performed by inexperienced—and sometimes experienced—wingsuit pilots (aka “horses”) and riders. Even jumpers with extensive wingsuit experience need to learn new exit positions, spotting techniques and instability recovery skills to perform rodeos safely. more »

Packing Tools



Should I buy a packing tool, and how do I use it? more »

Shifting Deployment Handles

It’s common to see skydivers, regardless of their experience levels, touching their main deployment and emergency handles on their rigs while on the ground waiting for the plane or during the ride to altitude. This is a great routine to incorporate into your everyday procedures as you prepare to jump, but it’s also something you should occasionally do in freefall and under canopy (generally, just before you release your brakes and after you have ensured you have clear airspace). In freefall or under canopy, your body will change position in the harness, and your handles will probably be higher or wider on your torso than they were when you were on the ground. Knowing where to locate your handles in freefall or under canopy can take some of the guesswork out of your emergency procedures when you need to perform them. When every second counts, it could save time and possibly even your life. more »

How to Make a PB&J

News flash: Being an eloquent communicator is not a prerequisite for being an excellent coach or instructor! In fact, the biggest mistake instructional rating holders make is equating teaching with talking. While having a solid body of knowledge is imperative, giving all of it to the student at once is like offering him a drink from a fire hose. Instead, you should reach, not teach. In other words, you should have a specific goal in mind for your students to achieve during any cognitive or psychomotor lesson and then help them get there. Instead of thinking of your lesson plans as topics, think of the specific actions students should eventually be able to show you. Start with the end. That is, instead of saying, “Today we’re going to talk about malfunctions,” try something like, “By the end of this session, you will show me at least three times how to properly perform canopy emergency procedures.” more »

Tales from the Bonfire - A Grand Entrance

by Ray Engelberg | C-25638
East Rutherford, New Jersey more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Annie Curry


by Annie Curry | A-65625 | Athens, Georgia

The first time I jumped out of a plane, it was a tandem and I was participating in a fundraiser called Jump, Fly, Be Different! for the nonprofit organization Extra Special People. My son has Down Syndrome and attends summer camp at ESP. The organization held the fundraiser to raise money to send kids with disabilities to camp. more »

Profile - Kim Emmons Knor | D-221

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20137Kim Emmons Knor, D-221, is a sky goddess. She started skydiving in 1959 (back when jumping from an airplane took even more courage), and in 1962 she made history as a member of the first U.S. Women’s Parachute Team, which took gold at the Sixth World Parachuting Championships. After a 37-year break from jumping, she took up the sport again in 2003. In April, the National Skydiving Museum named Emmons Knor as one of the inductees into its prestigious Hall of Fame. more »