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Neil Kuhlman swoops the surf at Mokuleia Beach while participating in an offsite jump during the Sky-HI invitational event at Pacific Skydiving Center in Waialua, Hawaii.

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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance
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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance

Advanced Aerospace Designs has released a Public Service Bulletin PSB-01-2018, regarding certain Vigil II and Vigil 2+ Automatic Activation Devices. The bulletin provides instructions for updating the firmware of affected units that can generate an error code during high-altitude jumps above 27,000 feet. Compliance is mandatory before any jump made from 27,000 feet, or higher, or by no later than May, 2020 for those with affected units who are not making any high altitude jumps.

Author: Eric
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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley
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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley

A celebration of life for Larry K. Bagley has been scheduled for June 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Author: Eric
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Malfunction, Malfunction, Malfunction—The 2017 Fatality Summary
Features | April 2018

Malfunction, Malfunction, Malfunction—The 2017 Fatality Summary

by Paul Sitter

In 2017, almost half of the 24 jumpers who died in the U.S. faced malfunctions. Unfortunately, the failure to safely land a canopy (a quarter of the mishaps) and other causes remain, but failure to handle a main-canopy malfunction was the biggest killer in 2017. Learning from the circumstances that surround the deaths that occurred in 2017 can help us all have a safer 2018.

Author: Paul Sitter
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Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents
Features | April 2018

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents

by USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger

Thankfully, no skydivers or jump pilots died in skydiving-related aircraft accidents in the U.S. during 2017. But there is room for improvement with regard to decision making by jump pilots. 

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Toe-Knee Drill
Foundations of Flight | April 2018

Toe-Knee Drill

by Axis Flight School

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

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Safety Check | April 2018

Spring Winds

by Jim Crouch, USPA Director of Safety and Training

For skydivers, springtime weather can be both tricky and frustrating. After freezing all winter, many jumpers head to the drop zone at the first sign of a reasonably warm day, and they may be tempted to jump even if the winds are high or there are lots of clouds. But as the old saying goes, “It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.” 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Why Marian Sparks Jumps for the Rose (And Why You Should Too,  No Matter Where You Call Home)
Features | April 2018

Why Marian Sparks Jumps for the Rose (And Why You Should Too, No Matter Where You Call Home)

By Annette O’Neil

Skydiving Makes a Difference—A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities.

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ATC Bill Dies
Gearing Up | April 2018

ATC Bill Dies

by Ed Scott

In future years we will all look back proudly on this time as one where we joined together and successfully preserved the future of this sport we love. 

Author: Ed Scott
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Fashion or Function? Removable Deployment Systems
Features | April 2018

Fashion or Function? Removable Deployment Systems

by Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School

If you are considering an RDS, you need to determine whether the use of such a system is necessary and appropriate for the activities you plan to engage in.

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Game of Jones
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2018

Game of Jones

Photo by Terry Schumacher | D-22794

Photo by Terry Schumacher | D-22794

During a 10-way speed formation skydiving competition at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, team Games of Jones—featuring patriarch Bill Jones and five other members of his family—build a point.

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USPA Accepting Service Award Nominations
Five Minute Call | April 2018

USPA Accepting Service Award Nominations

The USPA Membership Services Committee is currently seeking nominations for three of its service awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award (a maximum of one recipient annually), the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service (up to three recipients annually) and the Regional Achievement Award (up to five recipients annually).

Author: USPA Staff
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April 2018
Featured DZ | April 2018

April 2018

by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

Clancy Ewald, camera pool photographer at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Lake Wales, flies to the landing area after a round of competition.

Author: Adam
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Photo Spread
Photo Spread | April 2018

Photo Spread

Photo by Brian Festi

Photo by Brian Festi | D-26788

At Skydive DeLand in Florida, jumpers practice a sector of a formation they will build for a television program celebrating Chinese New Year.

Author: Brian Festi
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April 2018
Featured Event | April 2018

April 2018

by Raymond Adams

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Jumpers exit during the Sebastian Vertical Elite Camp at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

Author: Adam
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | April 2018

How Skydiving Changed My Life

by Jake Jarvis

I have found that shedding my ego is easier now that I have become a skydiver. There is so much fear in this sport, especially at first. The cool thing about this is that every time I jump, I train my mind to compartmentalize fear. 

Author: Jake Jarvis
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