March 2010

March 2010

March 2010
photo by Bruno Brokken
USPA #16097
Arizona Airspeed turns points over Palm Island while on their way to taking first place in the 4-way open category at the Dubai International Parachuting Championship and Gulf Cup in the United Arab Emirates

March 2010 | Volume 51, Number 3 | Issue 605 more »

Repacking the Reserve

Q:
What’s involved in a reserve repack, and why do repacks vary in price? more »

Good News-Bad News

2009 ended with just 16 civilian skydiving fatalities in the United States, a modern-day record low. We have to go all the way back to 1961 to find a year with fewer fatalities (14). On one hand, this is a phenomenal achievement considering that the number of jumps made in 2009 by 32,000-plus USPA members is considerably higher than in 1961, when 3,353 members made a much smaller (but unknown total) number of jumps. In regard to safety, our sport has certainly come a long way. On the other hand, we had many near misses, serious injuries and have seen many mistakes repeated from past years. more »

Shaking off the Rust

For many instructional rating holders in the U.S., student training and jumping activity finally comes to life again in March after several frigid months of un-jumpable weather. First-time students start showing up, as do those returning students who didn’t get a chance to wrap up their A-license requirements before the weather turned cold and the drop zone closed for the winter. But before you get busy helping students get current and before you start jumping with all those first timers, make sure you are current yourself. Whether you are a coach or an instructor, and no matter which discipline you hold a rating in, ground and air skills can get rusty in just a short period of time. more »

How to Teach Your Brain to Skydive

You may not realize it, but you probably spend a lot of time teaching your brain how to skydive. Dirt dives, creeper practice and touching emergency handles on the ride to altitude are some of the ways we train our brains to direct our bodies what to do while jumping. Since performance is only as good as the training we give our brains, knowing a little about how the brain learns might improve our skydiving. more »

The 2009 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

USPA welcomed jumpers to the longest continually running skydiving competition in the U.S.—the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships—December 28 through January 2. Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, hosted the 52nd annual collegiate competition. It was the second year in a row that the DZ hosted collegiates, and more than 100 jumpers competed in a total of 12 categories encompassed by four disciplines (formation skydiving [FS], vertical formation skydiving [VFS], classic and sport accuracy). more »

Profile - Matt Cline | D-21585

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20103Matt Cline is a retired member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and has had countless combat engagements and many war deployments during his career. He also led and trained the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team, the Screaming Eagles. After 20-plus years in the military, Matt is now a full-time skydiver who holds just about every rating USPA has to offer and is a USPA Safety & Training Advisor at Large for the southern region. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jay Lehr

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by Jay Lehr | D-22708 | Ostrander, Ohio

When I was 16 years old and working as a summer camp waiter in New Hampshire, I was commandeered off a road one day to help fight a forest fire. That day, I saw smoke jumpers jumping in to fight the fire. I thought it was so neat that each summer during college I applied to the smoke jumping school in Missoula, Montana, but, sadly, was never accepted. more »

Gearing Up - March 2010

CBS Sports’ coverage of USPA’s National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, held December 28 through January 2, completed a trifecta of nationwide media coverage of national skydiving competitions. CBS Sports was taping for its “Alt Games” TV show that covers collegiate sports and competitions. The show will air later this spring. Just two months earlier, the USPA National Skydiving Championships hosted a film crew from “Good Morning America” who taped footage for an upcoming segment. USPA’s National Canopy Piloting Championships began the trend in 2008 when ABC News sent a team to capture swooping for a segment Charles Gibson introduced on the evening news. more »