May 2013

The 2013 FYBO Night Challenge

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Online content related to the Cover photo and Night Owls feature in the magazine. more »

May 2013

May 2013
photo by Bryan Scott
In the beam of a 22,000-lumen plasma light, jumpers practice their canopy flying at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales in anticipation of setting the unofficial night canopy formation world record, a 26-way, a few weeks later.

May 2013 | Volume 54, Number 5 | Issue 643 more »

New Kids on the Block

Photos by Justin Carmody

The Performance Designs Factory Team has the longest history of any team in the canopy piloting discipline, having celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2012. With a few roster changes along the way, its members have been a driving force in the canopy piloting world, winning scores of competitions and sometimes sweeping entire podiums. In January 2013, the team announced the addition of two new members, Gage Galle and Julien Guiho. These are the first new additions since the team’s X-Project, a major expansion event in 2009 that added five members. In contrast to 2009, this time around there was no massive tryout event, no open call and no hype leading up to the additions. The team simply chose two new members. more »

Head-Down In-Facing Carving

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

Know Your Gear

As a student, your instructor taught you (or should have taught you) how to perform a proper gear inspection, as well as basic rig maintenance such as replacing a closing loop and maintaining the 3-ring release system. Remember that training? If a recent Safety Day seminar gives any indication, the answer is probably not! During the seminar, a USPA Safety and Training Advisor had participants examine an intentionally fouled-up rig to try to find 17 different rigging errors. A surprising number of participants missed basic items such as leg straps that were improperly routed through the friction adapters, a misrouted main bridle and an incorrectly assembled 3-ring system. Surprisingly, the newly licensed jumpers scored better than the more experienced skydivers! more »

Tension Knots



What are tension knots, and how can I avoid them? more »

Stabilizer Damage

During normal use, a slider will repeatedly rub against the washers that are inside the slider stops and create friction. Over time, this friction can wear the stabilizer fabric, eventually creating holes that can expose the metal washers inside. These washers then wear on the slider grommets, which can create burrs on the grommets that will damage the canopy’s suspension lines during every deployment. In a worst-case scenario, the washer could fall out and allow the slider to trap part of the stabilizer in one of its grommets. This would likely cause a streamer malfunction, as the slider would be stuck all the way at the top of the lines. more »

Treating Tandem Students Like Students

For a tandem instructor, the day can get pretty busy (and even a little monotonous) when there are lots of students waiting to jump. However, the key word here is “student.” Each person gets to have only one first skydive, and the focus of that skydive must be the student’s experience, from start to finish. Tandem skydiving is a student training discipline, with Federal Aviation Administration requirements that instructors must meet with every student. Federal Aviation Regulation 105.45 states the following: more »

Profile - Jen Sharp | D-17516

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20135Jen Sharp is passionate about skydiving, education and the internet. Sharp holds multiple USPA instructional ratings, owns Skydive Kansas in Osage City and has developed several skydiving websites, including, an online student program;;; and She also created Skydive JumpSTART, a team-building workshop for business people that culminates in tandem skydives and she consults with other drop zones to help them streamline their schools. more »

The President's Report - May 2013


Change requires courage! It also requires persistence and passion, but mostly, it requires patience! That was one of the first lessons I learned while attending a USPA Board of Directors meeting, and it certainly remains true today. more »