March 2015

March 2015

March 2015
photo by Laszlo Andacs
Douglas Hendrix moves in on the score pad on his way to taking the bronze medal in the sport accuracy masters class at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

March 2015 | Volume 56, Number 3 | Issue 665 more »

More Than Just a Sign-Off

photos by Samantha Schwann

Training for intentional and unintentional water landings is an important part of a skydiver’s learning progression and is required to receive the USPA B license. Unfortunately, most jumpers rarely give it much thought after their instructors sign them off for this skill, and few take the time to carefully consider the dangers involved. more »

Damage Control for Unwitting Christmas Ornaments

illustrations by Alex Wakefield

Christmas ornaments are lovely, aren’t they? These colorful baubles that swing gaily from the bushy branches of a fragrant fir can make our little hearts sing. more »

Head-Up Range-of-Motion Drills

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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 more »

Dual Deployment

After throwing out his main pilot chute, this jumper experienced a pilot chute in tow. He pulled his reserve ripcord, and as the reserve pilot chute deployed, the main pilot chute finally pulled the closing pin out of the closing loop and extracted the main canopy. The main canopy inflated with the reserve bridle entangled with the main canopy’s bridle. The jumper grabbed the reserve freebag to prevent the reserve from deploying and safely landed the main canopy while holding the reserve freebag between his legs. Although the witness report did not state the cause of the pilot-chute hesitation, common causes are a misrouted main bridle or an uncocked collapsible pilot chute. Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 5-1 includes recommendations for this type of emergency. more »

How Well Do You Really Know Your Emergency Procedures

So, you think you’re a badass? How well do you know your emergency procedures? more »

Improving Your Time Management

Each year, the second Saturday in March—USPA Safety Day—signals the time that many DZs, especially those in the northern hemisphere, begin thinking of the upcoming skydiving season. Spring is the perfect time to plan improvements to your student program even if you think your current program is working well. more »

Profile - Tony Uragallo | D-29801

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20153Tony Uragallo, D-29801, started jumping in the United Kingdom in 1972. Since then, he’s earned medals in formation skydiving, freeflying (in the second X Games, televised internationally) and wingsuiting. Even with all his in-air accomplishments, Uragallo is perhaps best known for his innovations in jumpsuit design. He made his first jumpsuit on his mother’s sewing machine in 1976, founding Tony Suits, and moved to Florida with his company a few years later. Now, Tony Suits has produced more than 75,000 jumpsuits of all kinds and is on the leading edge of wingsuit design. To this day, Uragallo still actively participates in—and often wins—international wingsuit competitions wearing his own suits. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - When a Good Jump Goes Bad


by T.J. McGinley | D-19689 | Longmont, Colorado

January 18, 1998, was one of those perfectly beautiful, cool, clear and calm days that are unique to Colorado in winter. I decided to make a simple 4-way jump with three friends—Allen, Mike and Brett—just to warm up. This was my 477th jump. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Shannon Searls


by Shannon Searls | D-33131 | Ventura, California

For Owen and me, it was love at first flight! We had each been jumping at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado, for about one year before we exchanged our first words, some silly comment while we were packing next to each other. The following day we joined a group for a trip into the Rocky Mountains. Owen and I found ourselves in the back of a car for the three-hour trip. I had confessed my lack of tracking skills, and Owen jumped at the opportunity to show me. Little did I know he was starting to work his magic. (OK, I kind of knew!) more »