May 2017

May 2017

May 2017
photo by Ralph Tuner | C-43075
Anais Zanotti and Salim Rubiales move in to dock during a freefly jump at Skydive Miami in Homestead, Florida.

Features

21 Jump Street—USPA Safety Day Celebrates 21 Years a USPA Staff Report

Learning From the Best—Skydive Arizona's Rookie Round Up by Rhonda Kaletz
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Up Is the New Down—Part 2: Movement Jumps

By Sharon Har-Noy with contributions from Claudio Cagnasso, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez and Luis Prinetto. Photos by Gustavo Cabana.

In the film “Crosswind” by Patrick Passe, Omar Alhegelan is mind-blowing as he elegantly whizzes around the sky on his feet. (If you consider yourself a freeflyer but have never seen “Crosswind,” put down this magazine for an hour and go online to do your homework.) When the film came out in 2001, you could count on one hand the number of people who could pull off something like that, but today it’s common to see feet-first angle jumps at most events. It’s great that jumpers are finally catching up to what the pioneers were doing 16 years ago, but with so much freefall traffic and so many people trying new things, it’s essential for everyone to learn how to be safe so we can keep on playing. more »

Have You Checked Your Six?

“Check your six”: a popular military expression meaning, “Check your six o’clock position” (the spot directly behind you).


Every day, high-performance-wing technology moves forward and canopy pilots push the envelope harder than ever. Where high-performance landings were once the domain of a few, the availability of better technology, faster wings and expert canopy coaching have made them an everyday sight at drop zones around the world. XRW (mixed canopy piloting and wingsuit formations), competitive canopy piloting and other extreme canopy flights that require small canopies, high wing loadings and great speeds were once on the periphery of the sport but are now increasingly common. more »

15 Minutes of Fame

Fifteen minutes of fame. Everybody will have it once. I had mine in 1987 because I saved a life while skydiving.

Andy Warhol, the iconic 1960s American artist, is credited with the creation of the concept. This was long before the internet and YouTube. Back then, a person’s 15 minutes of fame depended on newspapers, a few broadcast TV channels and magazines. But even with the lack of today’s instantaneously streaming video, some events caught the attention of publishers and found their way to the public in a firestorm of media attention. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - John Cheesmond

 “It’ll change your life!” How often do we hear skydivers say this while trying to describe the indescribable experience to potential flyers? I often find myself looking out the door of the airplane, nodding at the beauty of the sky in a private moment that you all unknowingly share with me, then get back to focusing on the skydive and the incredible moments that the next few minutes hold. more »

Profile - Lisa Mazzetta | D-30274

by Brian Giboney

Lisa Mazzetta is a badass freeflyer who has been on four world record jumps, most recently the 65-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Women’s Head-Down World Record at Skydive Arizona in Eloy in November, as well as the 138-Way Head-Down World Record in 2012. Mazzetta is a big supporter of USPA’s Sisters in Skydiving program, which helps women develop networks to support each other in the sport. At Skydive Arizona in 2012, she co-organized the first SIS event and has put together a SIS event at the drop zone every year since. more »

Mixed Formation Skydiving Block 8 (Bison)

 

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com. more »

Updated Rules and Requirements for Rating Holders

As a USPA rating holder, it is important to stay on top of changes to the instructional rating system. Each USPA Board of Directors meeting usually produces changes, and USPA posts these to its website soon after the meeting concludes. The USPA Board approved several changes at its February meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of these place additional responsibilities on examiners to ensure that candidates meet the necessary experience requirements and that USPA Headquarters receives the proper documentation with each new rating. Others changes clarify course requirements and instructor responsibilities. more »

Collision Avoidance

A few years ago, I was driving home from work while deep in thought and not paying much attention to my surroundings. I came to an intersection and quickly looked both ways before I turned left. As I finished the turn, I was a bit surprised to have an angry woman riding my bumper and blowing her horn while showing me a hand gesture that seemed to indicate that I was “number one in her book.” It turns out the intersection had a blind spot that blocked my full view of the road, and I had just pulled out right in front of Ms. Angry Driver. Oops. At least she was paying attention! more »

Gearing Up - May 2017

Ed Scott

The Federal Aviation Administration operates the largest and safest aviation system in the world. How large? Of the 32.9 million air carrier departures worldwide in 2015, the U.S. had the most with 8.7 million. China was a distant second. Of an estimated 370,000 general-aviation aircraft worldwide flying an estimated 35 million flight hours, more than half those aircraft and hours are flown in the U.S. more »