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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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Rating Corner | Running the Radio
The Rating Corner | April 2018

Rating Corner | Running the Radio

by Jim Crouch

If you ever need a quick and easy way to make every coach and instructor in the hangar run away and hide, just yell, “I need someone to handle the student radio!”

Author: Jim Crouch
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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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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | April 2018

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Terry Hopkins

Videographer Lauren Piscatelli shoots her mother making a skydive with tandem instructor Dan Hammond at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

Photo by Terry Hopkins | D-24503

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How to Fight Your Demons—An Elite Skydiver Gets Real About Self-Doubt
Features | April 2018

How to Fight Your Demons—An Elite Skydiver Gets Real About Self-Doubt

by Annette O’Neil

When I talked to Ari Perelman at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, he was having the first weather-hold day of his Arizona Airspeed career—which was, on that date, just about a year old. That’s Arizona for you.

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Zoo Dive!
Features | April 2018

Zoo Dive!

a Parachutist Pictorial by Heather Weter

It started when Weter, who enjoys painting animals, visualized a zebra losing its stripes in freefall.

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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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April 2018
Covers | April 2018

April 2018

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Photo by Dan Chrobak  |  D-37105
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.

Author: Dan Chrobak
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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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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | April 2018

Featured Jumper

Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer

Jumpers fly an early-season sunset 19-way over Skydive Carolina in Chester South Carolina to celebrate Lauren Piscetalli, D-34257, making her 3,000th jump and Amie Begg, C-46156, making her 400th.

Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer  |  D-31153

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Seven Hills Hosts Ice Jumps
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Seven Hills Hosts Ice Jumps

by Alex Harding

On February 10, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI, located in York Center, Wisconsin, revived a tradition when it hosted ice jumps onto Lake Mendota, just five blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Author: Alex Harding
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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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Skydive San Diego Hosts Women of the Sky
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Skydive San Diego Hosts Women of the Sky

by Mary Tortomasi

More than 60 skydivers played in the skies over Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, on December 2 during the DZ’s first Sisters in Skydiving event, Women of the Sky.

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SIS of ArOZona is a Hit!
Five Minute Call | April 2018

SIS of ArOZona is a Hit!

by Chazi Blacksher

The American classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” laid the (yellow) brickwork for a one-of-a-kind Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy January 26-28. Amy Benton and Chazi Blacksher (affectionately known as “the Working Girls”) collaborated with Larsen & Brusgaard to bring more than 90 women together for a weekend of sharing, giving, jumping, tunnel flying, winning prizes and dressing in costume.

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Author Releases Skydiving Novel for Teens
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Author Releases Skydiving Novel for Teens

Tracy Barrett, the author of many books for young readers, recently turned her attention to skydiving by penning the novel “Freefall Summer.”

Author: USPA Staff
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Fluid Wings Releases the Gangster
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Fluid Wings Releases the Gangster

Canopy manufacturer Fluid Wings recently released the Gangster, a nine-cell, partially cross-braced wing with a tri-taper leading edge and mini-ribs at the trailing edge.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | April 2018

USPA Disciplines 13 Members in 2017

When USPA receives a complaint about an individual member or a Group Member drop zone violating rules or acting in an unsafe manner, the USPA Board of Directors’ Compliance Group investigates the allegations using a specific process that the USPA Governance Manual outlines.

Author: USPA Staff
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Post-Hurricane, Xtreme Divers Emerges Puerto Rico Strong
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Post-Hurricane, Xtreme Divers Emerges Puerto Rico Strong

by Viviana De Jesus

Jason Gonzalez and Viviana De Jesus of Xtreme Divers West in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, hosted the 16th Puerto Rico Freefall Festival February 7-11, an event many thought impossible after the island suffered a direct blow from Hurricane Maria last year.

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Arizona Promotes MFS With Scrambles
Five Minute Call | April 2018

Arizona Promotes MFS With Scrambles

by Chazi Blacksher

On February 17, Skydive Arizona in Eloy hosted a mixed formation skydiving scrambles meet, which paired participants with a new partner in each of the five rounds.

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SOS Members Set Arizona Sequential Records
Five Minute Call | April 2018

SOS Members Set Arizona Sequential Records

by Carol Jones

On February 3 at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, 18 jumpers set two Skydivers Over Sixty state records, one of which also qualified as a Parachutists Over Phorty Society record.

Author: Carol Jones
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Blessings from the Sky
Features | April 2018

Blessings from the Sky

by Jim McCormick

On January 30 at Skydive DeLand in Florida, the two questions on the minds of the team of 48 international skydivers were, “What does it mean and why are we doing this?”

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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

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

Photo 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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A Truly Veteran Jumper
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2018

A Truly Veteran Jumper

Photo by Edward Heady

Norwood Thomas, a World War II veteran who jumped into Normandy, France, on D-Day with the 101st Airborne Division, makes a tandem skydive with instructor Alberto Macias at Skydive Suffolk in Virginia.

Author: Edward Heady
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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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