Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Jim Dolan, Brad Jessey, Janet Jessey and Casey Pruett fly a 4-way over Meteor Crater, the most well-preserved meteor-impact site in the world, in the desert of Arizona.

Features

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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Photo Spread

Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy during the Arizona Challenge, a formation skydiving event organized by former and current members of champion 4-way FS team Arizona Airspeed, participants build the event’s grand-finale formation, a representation of the team’s triangular logo.

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Featured Art

“Fly Free #4”
Acrylic on canvas

Lily Sayre | B-50998
Somerville, Massachusetts
Skydiveart.com

In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Fly Free #4”

“Fly Free #4”

By Lily Sayre | B-50998

“Fly Free #4”
Acrylic on canvas

Lily Sayre | B-50998
Somerville, Massachusetts
Skydiveart.com

Author: Lily Sayre
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Letters

Leveling the Playing Field

As an experienced skydiver, I’ve competed in 4-way [formation skydiving] in the advanced class at Nationals multiple times.

Author: Tom Startz
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Max Cohn | D-20252

Max Cohn | D-20252

By Brian Giboney

Max Cohn, D-20252, made a name for himself in the 1990s as an East Coast freefly talent when most of the evolution of the discipline was occurring in the West and in Florida.

Author: Brian
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Organizer Christy Frikken smiles for the camera while leading a jump during the P3 Sequential Camp at Skydive Perris in California.

Safety & Training Articles

Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall

Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings

Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings

By Ron Bell

A main parachute that opens quickly and hard can be extremely dangerous. A hard opening can break suspension lines, tear canopy fabric, and injure, kill or incapacitate the jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing

Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing

By Shauna Finley

Chances are, you know very little about your reserve canopy (after all, it’s packed away out of view most of the time), but you should. It’s an important piece of equipment, and although you hope to never use it, you probably will at some point.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet

Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet

By Michael Wadkins

USPA Safety Day is just around the corner—on March 14—and most DZs are gearing up for the event.

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Featured Event

Flanked by wingsuit flyers Andy Kenny and Melissa Pettito, Richo Butts flies his canopy atop a backflying Kenny David Covel during Wingsuit Weekend at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

Featured DZ

Jumpers fly a head-down formation during the Live Bigz event at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas.

Closing In

Rafael Dunin, Reid Moak and Andrea Nelson shred the skies during the Invasion boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

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