November 2013

November 2013

November 2013
photo by Brian Festi
Clean Air turns points on its way to winning the gold medal in the canopy formation skydiving 4-way rotations event at the 2013 USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

November 2013 | Volume 54, Number 11 | Issue 649 more »

Sharing the Joy


Rock the Cradle

Axis Flight Logo Skydive Arizona Logo

Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructors Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson at SkyVenture Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Vince Arnone. For more information visit or search “Axis Flight School” on Facebook. more »

Interacting with EMS

It’s great to be helpful at the drop zone, but you also must be prepared. When accidents happen, the members of the responding emergency medical service will need information. If you are the person designated to speak with EMS, you’ll want to provide the full name of the injured person and the primary language the person speaks. If the injured person is able to speak and his primary language is not English, finding an interpreter will help responding personnel complete their evaluation properly. If possible, ask the jumper where his insurance information is and provide responders with it when they arrive. You should also provide responders with the jumper’s emergency contact information (usually found in the DZ’s records). more »

Premature Deployment

After the first point of an 8-way formation skydive, a jumper had a premature deployment when his pilot chute came out of its pouch, possibly because someone bumped it during movement to the second point. Fortunately, no one was injured, and all the jumpers landed safely. This incident serves as a good reminder for jumpers to protect their handles and to make sure their pilot chute pouches are secure, but it also highlights how hazardous flying camera can be. The photographer, Pete Jabczynski, wrote, “I have been doing video for 10 years. I have dodged hook knives and helmets, but this was a first (I know, beer). I just want every new jumper who wants to do camera to know that it can happen.” more »

Rating Dilution

Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator. Schoolteachers and parents capitalize on children’s inherent desire for accolades, and institutions expand on this system by rewarding achievement. Sometimes, the dangling carrot is not even financial compensation; a mere title suffices. more »

Profile - Niklas Daniel | D-28906

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201311Niklas Daniel is a formation skydiving, vertical formation skydiving and canopy piloting coach at AXIS Flight School, which he owns and runs with Brianne Thompson at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. He is also a wind tunnel instructor, freefall photographer, regular on the boogie circuit and member of VFS team Arizona Arsenal. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Shawn Madsen


by Shawn Madsen | C-33917 | Polson, Montana

The effects that skydiving has had on my life are probably a bit different than most. From the time I was a child, I have wanted to jump out of airplanes. Every year for the Fourth of July celebration in our small town in eastern Oregon, there would be skydivers who would land in the middle of the festivities throughout the day. It was from watching them that I began to dream about someday getting to do the same. In 1990, when I was 22 years old, at a hot-air balloon show in Colorado Springs, I made a beeline for some skydivers to inquire about the possibility of jumping. The next day, I found myself doing a static-line jump in Loveland, Colorado, and I’ve been jumping ever since. more »

Gearing Up - November 2013


Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration finally weighed in on a long-running battle for airport access that USPA supported. The FAA decided in favor of skydiving, which, together with its previous favorable decisions, strengthens its decades-old determination that skydiving is an aeronautical activity that has a right to be on airports that receive federal funds. more »