October 2012

October 2012

October 2012
photo by Norman Kent
Jumpers converge on the base during the head-down world record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

October 2012 | Volume 53, Number 10 | Issue 636 more »

On the Line: Succeeding in 4-Way

Part 5 of 6—Jump Preparation (Dirt Diving) and Debriefing

During jump preparation, a team should repeatedly practice team communication skills and personal flying skills, habits and discipline. It is during this process that a team has the best opportunity to develop and train the correct behavior so that it becomes almost instinctual. For this reason, it is crucial for the team to perform each skill correctly every time. If the members are complacent about this, the team will inevitably perform the skills incorrectly as many times as it does correctly and will have ingrained the wrong behaviors. The team will be repeating the exercises either way, so be sure to do them right. more »

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Tales from Skydiving in the '60s: Part II

Gear, attitudes and disciplines have evolved over the years. “We are experiencing an entirely different skydiving mentality today than was present during the last part of the 20th century,” says USPA lifetime member Charles Baldauf, D-3307. more »

The USPA Board of Directors Summer Meeting 2012

The USPA Board of Directors traveled to the North Central region for its 2012 summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 3-5. As a prelude to the weekend, North Central Regional Director Merriah Eakins invited the board and USPA staff to Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin, the Thursday before the meeting. Board and staff members enjoyed a day of fun jumps, a barbecue dinner courtesy of the DZ and the opportunity to meet USPA members in the region. It was a great way to get in the skydiving spirit before spending the next three days getting down to business, addressing a wide array of issues important to the skydiving community. more »

Foundations of Flight—Taking Grips

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Paul Youcupicio. more »

Preventing Aircraft Stalls

Recently, a Beech 18 twin-engine airplane that was flying a load of jumpers crashed into the yard of a residence, killing the pilot. Luckily, nobody was killed on the ground, and the jumpers had all been able to exit the airplane before it crashed, landing safely. While the National Transportation Safety Board will not release its report for quite a while, the preliminary information points to the aircraft’s entering a stall as the jumpers were positioning in the door to exit. more »

Premature Deployment on Climb-Out

The heavy damage to the tail of this Cessna 182 occurred when a jumper climbed out onto the step to exit and his main canopy prematurely deployed. The inflating canopy pulled the jumper off the step and entangled with the horizontal stabilizer and elevator of the aircraft. The jumper’s canopy and the tail of the aircraft both sustained heavy damage before the main canopy came free a few seconds after the entanglement. The jumper was able to cut away his damaged main, deploy his reserve and land uneventfully. The pilot landed the aircraft safely, even though he had limited elevator and trim control after the collision. more »

Fandango Part Two?

Any jumper who watches the skydiving sequence in the movie “Fandango” howls out loud as instructor Truman Sparks puts his student through the paces in preparation for a static-line jump. The movie was released in 1985, but it was set in the year 1971, and perhaps we find it so funny because in many ways it was a pretty good (albeit exaggerated) representation of a first jump in that era. Search YouTube for “Fandango skydiving scene,” and you’ll find the skydiving sequence split into three different videos. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jorge Bauza


by Jorge Bauza | A-63105 | Denton, Texas

It all started when my son, Kelki, turned 18. As a birthday present, he wanted to make a tandem jump. We went to Xtreme Divers West in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and he made his jump. On his 19th birthday, I asked, “What do you want to do this year?” He replied, "I want you to jump with me!" And that is how I made my first tandem jump. After that jump, Kelki asked for my blessing to become a skydiver. Based on my experience in the school of life, my reply was a blessing and advice to stay safe. So, there he went. more »

Profile - Phil Peggs | C-36427

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201210Phil Peggs, C-36427, is a founding member of the nonprofit organization Raise the Sky, which uses skydiving events to raise money for good causes. He was the freefall photographer for Raise the Sky’s first Project XRW, a groundbreaking event in which wingsuit flyers and canopy pilots flew relative to one another, and a member of the 68-way U.S. wingsuit formation record team. Though best known as a wingsuit instructor and flyer, Peggs has now shifted his focus to freeflying and recently joined vertical formation skydiving team STF BlockParty XP. more »