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A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees
Features | July 2020

A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame. This year marks the organization’s 11th class of honorees.

Author: Doug Garr
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Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up
Features | July 2020

Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up

By Doug Garr

On a beautiful, cloudless Saturday afternoon last April, Team Fastrax, a professional exhibition team based at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, boarded their Caravan to make a demo like no other before.

Author: Doug Garr
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Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission
Features | July 2020

Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission

A USPA Staff Report

One of USPA’s most vital functions in pursuit of its mission to “support skydiving and those who enjoy it” is safeguarding skydiving’s rightful place in the national airspace system, which includes public airports.

Author: USPA Staff
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System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff
Features | June 2020

System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff

By Matt Leonard

Risk mitigation and the decision-making process surrounding risk mitigation is an important part of the foundation of safety.

Author: Matt Leonard
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Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump
Features | June 2020

Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump

By North Central Regional Director Michael Wadkins

Now, following worldwide drop zone closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of skydivers all at once no longer meet the currency requirements of their licenses. The volume of jumpers who need currency training is unprecedented.

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Looking Forward to the Past
Features | June 2020

Looking Forward to the Past

A Parachutist Pictorial

We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.

Author: USPA Staff
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It’s a Tough Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It—The Life of a DZO
Features | May 2020

It’s a Tough Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It—The Life of a DZO

By Jim Crouch

Whether a fleeting thought or a serious consideration, many skydivers have entertained the idea of owning their own drop zone.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Short and Sweet —The Annual Spring Fling
Features | May 2020

Short and Sweet —The Annual Spring Fling

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The Spring Fling at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, traditionally held each year in early March, is a big deal for both experienced and aspiring canopy formation skydivers from around the world.

Author: USPA Staff
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Non-Fatal Incident Summary
Features | May 2020

Non-Fatal Incident Summary

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

In 2019, USPA saw a five-fold increase in reporting from the previous year, receiving more reports for the year than in any year in the past two decades.

Author: Ron Bell
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The New Normal—Safety Day 2020
Features | May 2020

The New Normal—Safety Day 2020

A Parachutist Special Report

As it planned for the 24th annual Safety Day, scheduled for March 14, USPA chose “Normalizing Excellence” as its theme. However, nothing was normal any longer when Safety Day rolled around and the coronavirus was relentlessly spreading across the globe.

Author: USPA Staff
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Seas the Day
Features | May 2020

Seas the Day

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary
Features | April 2020

Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary

By Jim Crouch

This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents
Features | April 2020

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents

By USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger

Piloting a jump plane is among the most demanding of flying jobs, with multiple takeoffs and landings in a variety of conditions and with a variety of loads, as well as the need to refuel often throughout a day.

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Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting
Features | April 2020

Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

Author: USPA Staff
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How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?
Features | April 2020

How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?

By Jeremy Sieker

The question of how to best manage and avoid risk is at the heart of any extreme sport. For skydivers this takes many forms: “What are the highest winds I should jump in at this location?” “Should I be jumping with a group this big?”

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Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State
Features | April 2020

Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State

By Doug Garr

The 50-staters are indeed an exclusive group, and each has a unique story peppered with meeting dozens of new people while traveling thousands of miles across the continent.

Author: Doug Garr
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Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together
Features | April 2020

Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together

By Annette O’Neil

Let me ask you this: When was your last aircraft emergency?

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Adventures in Paradise
Features | April 2020

Adventures in Paradise

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Blue Skies, Betty Hill
Features | March 2020

Blue Skies, Betty Hill

On December 16, just days before the start of the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, beloved DZ Manager Betty Hill succumbed to cancer after a battle of 20 years.

Author: USPA Staff
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2020 Vision for Safety
Features | March 2020

2020 Vision for Safety

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Over the last two years, the skydiving fatality rate in the U.S. has reached record low levels. Overall, skydivers across the globe are also doing a better job with safety. (Thank you all for that.) But when even one of us is lost or injured in a skydiving accident, it is one too many.

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Drive and Dedication—Kirk Knight, D-6709, Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | March 2020

Drive and Dedication—Kirk Knight, D-6709, Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

As chief judge at the 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Kirk M. Knight chose to receive USPA’s prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service—bestowed on him by unanimous acclaim of the USPA Board of Directors earlier in the year—at the banquet following the event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Incident Reporting
Features | March 2020

Incident Reporting

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

USPA tasks each Safety and Training Advisor with filing an incident report when a skydiving death occurs, but S&TAs are not the only people who can file a report, and a death is not the only reason for filing one.

Author: USPA Staff
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Super SIS
Features | March 2020

Super SIS

A Parachutist Photo Essay

Amy Benton and Chazi Blacksher of The Working Girls event organizing team, along with a team of heroic volunteers, created the wonderful superhero-themed Super SIS Weekend at Skydive Arizona in Eloy January 24-26.

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Raising the Next Generation: The 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships
Features | March 2020

Raising the Next Generation: The 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships

By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard

The 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, held December 26-January 1 at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, was bittersweet, as longtime DZ manager and valued member of the skydiving community Betty Hill lost her 20-year battle with cancer shortly before the event.

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Skydiving Progresses at Naval Academy
Features | March 2020

Skydiving Progresses at Naval Academy

By Mike Schultz

For the past several years, the U.S. Naval Academy Parachute Team has been in a building phase, and 2019 was a banner year.

Author: Mike Schultz
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Study Break
Features | March 2020

Study Break

A Collegiates Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Cleared for Landing
Features | February 2020

Cleared for Landing

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting
Features | February 2020

Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting

By USPA Staff and Head of Delegation Karl Meyer

Afternoon rains, gusty winds and low clouds greeted the competitors who arrived at Skydive Pretoria in South Africa in the weeks before the 10th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Canopy Piloting.

Author: USPA Staff
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Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale
Features | February 2020

Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale

By Annette O’Neil

JaNette Lefkowitz starts by saying, “There’s just so much to it, so many stories leading up.”

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Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors
Features | February 2020

Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors

By Matt Gerdes

Wingsuits add massive amounts of potential to skydives. A wingsuit flyer is able to fly farther and at much higher horizontal speeds than is possible on any other type of jump.

Author: Matt Gerdes
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