June 2012

July 2012

July 2012
photo by Niklas Daniel
Steve Curtis photographs a hybrid during the Freefly Sequentials at Skydive Arizona in Eloy

July 2012 | Volume 53, Number 7 | Issue 633 more »

June 2012

June 2012
photo by Jim Harris
USPA #160885
Over Skydive Spain in Seville, freefly team Volare (from left, Daniel Parker, Frazer Smith and Mike Carpenter) trains for the 2012 FAI World Parachuting Championships to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 29 to December 10.

June 2012 | Volume 53, Number 6 | Issue 632 more »

On the Line: Succeeding in 4-Way

Part 1 of 6—Understanding Your Game and Selecting Your Team - (Exclusive Online Content - The Goal of Personal and Team Best)

There are many definitions for the mental approach or mental state we are in when we perform at the top of our game. Athletes refer to it as “flow,” “the zone” or the “ideal performance state.” It is a place where our minds are calm, undistracted and focused in the moment … when we let our instincts take over. It happens almost effortlessly when we allow it to. more »

Small-Format Camera Safety

Since skydiving first began as a sport, skydivers have wanted to capture its amazing visuals. Early pioneers used film-based still and movie cameras to let ground observers see what it’s like to jump out of an airplane and freefall over the landscape below. more »

Foundations of Flight—Head-Down Breakoff

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel of Axis Flight School and his teammate Brandon Atwood of Arizona Arsenal at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Steve Curtis (digitally altered by USPA). more »

The Limits of a Reserve

FAA Master Rigger Ray Ferrell noted that we largely omitted a discussion of maximum load limits as a criterion for choosing a reserve canopy in January 2012’s “Ask a Rigger” column, prompting this month’s discussion.



What should I consider when choosing the size of my reserve canopy?

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DZ Accident Preparedness

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Unfortunately, just about everyone in this sport has witnessed a skydiving accident that required urgent medical attention and an ambulance or helicopter ride to the nearest trauma center. Some drop zones have a very well-thought-out medical-emergency action plan that staff can follow, while others just sort of wing it. How prepared is your drop zone for an emergency, and what steps can you take to ensure a smooth, efficient and effective working relationship with local emergency medical responders? more »

Uncocked Pilot Chute

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This jumper forgot to cock his pilot chute when packing his main canopy. After he deployed, the pilot chute simply dragged behind him, not catching enough air to open the main container. more »

Braked Turns

If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. But if you have a bunch of different tools, you can use them to fix a bunch of stuff. Wouldn’t it be great to have a ton of tools for flying your canopy? Regardless of whether you have 5,000 jumps and fly a cross-braced canopy at a wing loading of 2.5:1 or 38 jumps and fly a large and docile canopy at a wing loading of 0.6:1, one of the most useful tools you can have is the mastery of braked flight. more »