March 2013

March 2013

March 2013
photo by Brian Buckland
Some of the world's most accomplished vertical formation skydivers transition between points at the Dubai Sequentials, an invitational event held by Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

March 2013 | Volume 54, Number 3 | Issue 641 more »

Tough Decisions

I t would be difficult to find a sport that has improved its safety record as dramatically as skydiving. Improvements in equipment and training have combined to dramatically reduce the fatality index rate from nearly six fatal accidents per 100,000 skydives in the early 1960s to 0.6 fatal accidents per 100,000 skydives in 2012. During that same timeframe, the number of skydives made increased 500 percent, from 600,000 per year in the early 1960s to 3 million per year in 2011. In approximately 50 years, the index rate for fatal skydiving accidents has improved by a factor of 10. more »

So, You Want to Open a DZ?

So, you love skydiving and spend most of your spare time at your home drop zone. Perhaps you even make decent money working at the DZ, and life is good. Or you have an uninspiring job that pays the bills but keeps you away from your favorite pastime. For one reason or another, it may occur to you: Why not leverage all the knowledge, experience and connections and turn them into a cool lifestyle others only dream about? Of course, opening a DZ is not simple, but with the right attitude, perseverance and a little help, it can be a rewarding experience. more »

Foundations of Flight—Head-Down Variations

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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Niklas Daniel at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brianne Thompson. For more information visit or search “Axis Flight School” on Facebook. more »

Boogie Fever

Warmer temperatures are just around the corner for most of the country, and with warmer weather, skydivers will begin enjoying start-of-season events at various drop zones. For many of you, a season-opener boogie may be the first time you’ve been in the air in months, and you may also be jumping with new people in planes larger than the trusty old Cessna 182 back home. Your first priority should always be safety, because sometimes “boogie fever” leads to some pretty dumb decisions. more »

Reserve Seal

During a routine pre-jump gear check for another jumper, a Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger discovered an error with the reserve seal on the container. On closer inspection, this rigger discovered that the person who had packed the reserve, also an FAA Senior Rigger, had used two passes of red 4.5-pound seal thread instead of the one pass specified by the rig manufacturer’s instructions. He further observed that the rigger who had packed the reserve had passed the seal thread through the reserve closing loop and not around the outside of it as the instructions called for. more »

Putting Yourself in Their Shoes

Most coaches and instructors jump small canopies and fly their canopies at much higher wing loadings than their students do. If the last time you jumped a student canopy was when you were actually a student, maybe it is time for you to grab a student rig and make a few jumps. Getting back in the air with a canopy your students are actually jumping will improve how well you teach canopy flight. It can be a truly enlightening experience, especially if it has been years since you jumped a larger canopy. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Alana Wilson


by Alana Wilson | USPA #266048 | Minnesota City, Minnesota

I'm here to tell you that life begins after 40 … or should I say, “after skydiving”? I never knew how fulfilling or empowering skydiving would be for me until I went for my first tandem skydive. After raising my two daughters on my own and realizing I was truly going to have an empty nest, I decided it was time to go out and do the things I always wanted to do but didn’t because I had to think of my family first. more »

Profile - Luis Prinetto | D-30217

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20133Luis Prinetto, D-30217, is well known on the boogie circuit as a freefly organizer. He was on the 138-Way World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation in 2012, as well as the three previous head-down world records. When he’s not on the road, he spends his time flying at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, where he’s launched his canopy and freefly training school, Fly4Life. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - High Altitude

by Mike Swain | D-2078
Sarasota, Florida more »