October 2017

October 2017
photo by Kin Lon Ma
After dropping the final jumper during the Solar Eclipse Boogie at Skydive Awesome in Madras, Oregon, pilot Alex Luke descends in front of the eclipsed sun in a Twin Otter provided by Skydive Arizona in Eloy for the occasion.

Features

A Look at USPA Finances by USPA Executive Director Ed Scott
The Brave New World of Parachute R&D—How Computer-Aided Design Drives Innovation by Annette O'Neil
On the Path of Totality—Eclipse Jumps 2017 a Parachutist Pictorial
Clean Sweep—U.S. Dominates at First FAI Swoop Freestyle World Championships a USPA Staff Report
Big Sky Boogie: Lost Prairie Celebrates 50 years by Doug Garr
Sprint To A Record—The Hal Spence 111-Way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record For Largest Three-Point Formation Skydive by Jim McCormick

Columns

How Skydiving Changed My Life by Conor Murphy
Jen Domenico | D-22977 Profile by Brian Giboney

Safety & Training

Safety Check—Aircraft Emergency  by Jim Crouch
Rating Corner—Instructional Rating Changes by Jim Crouch
Ask a Rigger—How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly? by Kevin Gibson
Keep An Eye Out— Bag Lock Malfunction
Fundamentals of Flight—Head-up to head-down shelf transition by Axis Flight School