May 2014

May 2014

May 2014
photo by Norman Kent
Diana Osuna and Alex Klockner exit over Banderas Bay during Skydive Mex's Pachanga Beach Boogie in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

May 2014 | Volume 55, Number 5 | Issue 655 more »

Serious Business in Sin City

The USPA Board of Directors gathered for its winter meeting February 28-March 2 in Las Vegas. With the streets and casinos flooded with people and the craziness of Sin City filling the outside world, the board tucked itself away in the meeting rooms to get down to some serious business. more »

The Floater Exit

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

Excess Steering Line



The design of my risers does not include a method for stowing the excess steering line. Should I replace my risers? more »

Worn Reserve Closing Loop

You should check your reserve closing loop as part of your regular gear check before every jump. Although you can’t see much of the loop on a packed reserve container, the part you can see coming through the reserve grommets is important and also tends to get most heavily worn. more »

Canopy Collisions

Canopy collisions are many skydivers’ worst nightmare, and for good reason. And while Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 5-1 provides some guidelines for how to deal with a canopy collision, avoiding one altogether is a much better idea. more »

Follow the Plan

Whether you are assisting with a Category-A first jump, performing an A-license check dive or instructing one of the levels in between, your student can perform well only if he is trained properly for the task and you supervise him correctly and in a manner consistent with his preparation. Students often struggle just to accomplish the basic maneuvers required for each freefall and canopy dive flow, so any last-second changes to procedures will lead to confusion and could place your student at additional risk. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Skydiving is Becoming Routine

by Scott Cave | USPA #241311
Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada more »

Profile - Warren Cleary | D-29052

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20145PRO-rated skydiver, AFF instructor and camera flyer Warren Cleary was a world-class canopy-piloting competitor when he burst his L1 vertebrae during a competition in 2011. Although he suffered severe spinal damage, since that day he’s become an FAA-certified private pilot and master rigger, a Paralympic swimmer and has begun skydiving again. He’s also used his positive attitude and motivational skills to help others as a counselor and video producer at a spinal rehab facility. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Eric Penningroth


by Eric Penningroth | A-66009 | San Antonio, Texas

About two-and-a-half years ago, I decided to follow in my sister’s footsteps and make a tandem jump for my 50th birthday. She had done it several years earlier in Guam, and the pictures just looked awesome. So on the day before I turned 50, I went up in a Twin Otter and jumped. It was absolutely exhilarating! I purchased a coupon for another jump, which I used a year later toward payment to obtain my license. I had decided skydiving was a rush that I could enjoy more than once. more »