May 2015

May 2015

May 2015
photo by Norman Kent
Caroline Layne goes for a magic carpet ride on wingsuit flyer Jeff Provenzano at the Pachangon Beach Boogie in Mexico.

May 2015 | Volume 56, Number 5 | Issue 667 more »

Parachutes Incorporated: The Genesis of Commercial Skydiving

Where would skydiving be without innovation? Take a look at where you jump and the equipment you use and you will begin to understand how innovators have shaped every aspect of our sport. more »

How to Execute a Perfect PLF

The parachute landing fall—“PLF” for short—came about when the biff-tastic round canopy was the only way down and a bona fide fall was the only way to land. The PLF reduced the incidence and severity of injury and was part of the required first-jump training for all parachutists. Even though later-generation round canopies such as the Para-Commander had design details that allowed for better landings, a PLF was still a jumper’s best bet on most occasions. more »

Breaking Off From a Belly Formation

Axis Flight Logo Skydive Arizona Logo

Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Brianne Thompson at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Illustrations by Niklas Daniel. For more information visit more »

Hidden Misrouting

As a jumper scanned the chest straps of other jumpers boarding the aircraft for a skydive, he noticed that he could not see how one was routed because the jumper had stowed the excess strap over the attachment point. He almost ignored it but decided to make the extra effort to approach the jumper and check the strap from above, at which point he discovered that the strap was indeed misrouted. more »

Spring Wind Hazards

With warmer spring temperatures replacing winter’s frigid air, jumpers need to be especially vigilant about safety when it comes to winds and wind-related hazards. Undoubtedly, it was a sunny but very windy spring day when someone came up with the old adage, “It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground!” more »

Ramping Up

As the student schedule starts to fill and the summer skydiving season begins to ramp up in most of the U.S., it only makes sense to fully prepare for the long and often hectic days to come. A little effort ahead of time can help ensure that you make a smooth transition from a long layoff or slow winter season into more demanding days ahead. more »

Profile - Mark Brown | D-16235

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20155Mark “Green Hornet” Brown began skydiving in 1991 after losing an office bet, and he fell in love with the sport. Twelve thousand jumps later, he is still in love with skydiving and the people in it. This makes him excel at bringing people together as the head formation skydiving organizer with Perris Organizers at Skydive Perris in California. He also has the rare ability to fill any slot on a load and nail the jump. Whether an AFF jump, a 10-way, a 150-way or a 300-way, the Green Hornet is always there for his friends in the sky. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Ted Atkins


by Ted Atkins | A-73783 | Notts, United Kingdom

“Tell me that again? Your first jump was from 29,000 feet?” Yes. It's a bit of a story... more »

Gearing Up - May 2015


In a stunning display of engagement with USPA’s governance process, members of the Gulf Region flooded USPA’s inbox with their comments and suggestions concerning who should become their new USPA Regional Director and thus the newest member of the USPA Board of Directors. The opportunity arose when Todd Spillers recently announced his need to resign his position due to a career opportunity. more »