How Skydiving Changed My Life - Jim Fischer

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by Jim Fischer | A-62069 | St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Two years ago, my 26-year-old son called me to say he just went skydiving for the first time. We weren’t close, and I couldn’t understand why he would waste his time and limited resources on such a frivolous and dangerous activity. His first jump was a tandem, and he was intent upon taking the AFF course (whatever that was). Despite my apprehensions, he took the class and began jumping on a regular basis. My wife and I were worried about him. We asked him to call us on Sunday afternoons to reassure us he survived another weekend of defying death. And when he called and eased our worried minds, he’d relate his forays into the atmosphere with great joy and enthusiasm. more »

Profile - Dean O'Flaherty | D-16773

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20123Dean O’Flaherty was a competitive kick boxer who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood stuntman. However, a skydive changed those dreams, and he became a professional multi-rated skydiver and pilot instead. O’Flaherty flew on an early freefly team, Astronuts, in the late ’90s, and many still recognize him from photos of the jumps he made at Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida, during Space Shuttle launches. O’Flaherty still jumps at Space Center in the winter and at the DZ he owns, Boston Skydive Center in Smithfield, Rhode Island, during the summer. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - 20 Years, Four Months and 10 Days

by Sandy Reid | C-6557
Master Rigger and President of Rigging Innovations more »

Gearing Up - February 2012

EdScott

Just as no skydiver would board an aircraft knowing the pilot is under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, then by the same standard, no skydiving student or novice should be entrusted to a coach or instructor who is similarly impaired. All of skydiving's working professionals—the thousands of coaches and instructors working with students each day at drop zones across the country—must agree that chemical or alcohol impairment while skydiving is not an option. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Larry Hayhurst

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by Larry Hayhurst | D-29907 | Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

I started skydiving after age 50. more »

Profile - Bryan Scott | D-10265

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20122Bryan Scott, D-10265, started his skydiving career in 1978 with a static-line jump. Since then, capturing canopy formation skydiving on film has been his passion. Scott has traveled the world filming skydiving, and he’s photographed numerous world records. By combining his skydiving skill, photographic expertise and love of innovation, he has produced amazing visual images of the canopy formation community in action. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Stuck in a Downplane

by Cindy Coker | D-14847

Jump Number: 548 | Date: October 3, 1993 more »

The President's Report - January 2012

JayStokes

Imagine your last living thought being, “That was stupid of me.” Imagine your friends after your death, dressed in black, tears filling their eyes, saying, “If only,” over and over again. Imagine your family going on without you, with a wound in their hearts that will never heal. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Ralph Kubicsek

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by Ralph Kubicsek | C-37834 | Gainesville, Florida

Skydiving first came into my life in 2001 when I was 22 years old. I was sitting on the couch with my girlfriend at the time and said, “Let’s go jump out of a plane!” It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and she was game. We drove to a DZ, and I got my first taste of skydiving. I remember being very nervous and excited at the same time. I have always been a bit on the anxious side, even as a kid, and this was really pushing me to the edge of my comfort zone. The entire experience was amazing. It really did feel like a dream, and I remember wanting to go again as soon as my feet hit the ground. more »

Profile - Sara Curtis | D-28147

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20121Sara Curtis, D-28147, joined vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Arsenal in 2006 as its camera flyer. Since then, the team has won numerous medals nationally and internationally. In 2011, Curtis took off the camera and took on new challenges as an inside flyer on the team. She also co-organized the current women’s head-down world record—a 41-way set in 2010—and has signed on again as an organizer for the latest attempts, which are scheduled for 2013. more »