March 2012

March 2012
photo by Mike McGowan
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Ben Barringer, cadet wing commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy, bears down on the tuffet during the open classic accuracy event at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

March 2012 | Volume 53, Number 3 | Issue 629

Features

New Horizons - Great Events for Novice Jumpers by Jim McCormick
Five Days of Glory - The 2011 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships by USPA Director of Competition James Hayhurst
Visual Gear Check and Common Mistakes by Merriah Eakins
Bigger, Bolder, Safer - Project XRW—Sebastian & the Evolution of a Discipline by Taya Weiss
All Aboard - a Parachutist Pictorial
Two Over One - Responding to Dual Deployments by Kevin Gibson

Columns

Gearing Up by Ed Scott
How Skydiving Changed My Life by Jim Fischer
Tales from the Bonfire - Show Jump by John Vanderschrier
Dean O'Flaherty's Profile by Brian Giboney

Safety & Training

The Rating Corner - Crossing the Line by Jim Crouch
Safety Check - Removable Deployment Systems by Merriah Eakins
Ask a Rigger - Soft Links vs. Regular Links by Kevin Gibson
Foundations of Flight—Kiting by Axis Flight School