Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Team Fastrax practices its demo skills during a training day at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

Features

Creating a Better Brain Bucket—Skydiving Helmets Step Toward Safety Standards
Features | July 2019

Creating a Better Brain Bucket—Skydiving Helmets Step Toward Safety Standards

By Annette O’Neil

A good helmet once seemed like just the ticket to escape such a fate. The reality, unfortunately, is that helmets simply aren’t designed to protect people against traumatic brain injury. They can’t.

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Skydiving Then and Now—50 Years of Change
Features | July 2019

Skydiving Then and Now—50 Years of Change

By Paul Sitter

When Leslie Irvin made the first freefall jump using gear designed for that purpose more than 100 years ago, no one really foresaw parachuting becoming a sport.

Author: Paul Sitter
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A Perfect 10—The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebrates a Decade with 10 New Inductees
Features | July 2019

A Perfect 10—The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebrates a Decade with 10 New Inductees

By Doug Garr

Each year for the past decade, the International Skydiving Museum has inducted 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’s induction ceremony and banquet for the 10 newest honorees will take place during the 2019 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration October 17-19 at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Doug Garr
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Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Link Between Spinning Malfunctions and Difficult Cutaways
Safety | July 2019

Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Link Between Spinning Malfunctions and Difficult Cutaways

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

There have been five skydiving fatalities in the U.S. as of May 15 of this year. Four of those involved spinning malfunctions. To raise awareness of this problem, USPA is initiating an educational campaign: Don’t Delay, Cut Away!

Author: Ron Bell
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Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Five-Second Rule: A Time-Based Approach to Emergencies
Safety | July 2019

Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Five-Second Rule: A Time-Based Approach to Emergencies

By Ben Planche Wallace

Skydivers and fighter pilots share a unique characteristic: Both can eject from their aircraft. They also share a common reason for fatal accidents: a delay in the decision to do so. In fact, according to the U.S. Air Force, it’s the single most common cause of fighter pilot fatalities. Similarly, in the past few decades, failure to cut away and pull the reserve ripcord in time has been a major factor in skydiving deaths.

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Gearing Up

Jul 2019
Don't Delay, Cut Away!

With this year’s skydiving season now at the mid-point, we’ve got some great news to report on our initiative to solicit more incident reports: Many of you have responded to our plea and have begun submitting them.

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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

“Watching My Opening”

Colored pencil

Heather Weter | B-47715
Ozark, Missouri

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In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

July 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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“Watching My Opening”

“Watching My Opening”

By Heather Weter

“Watching My Opening”

Colored pencil

Heather Weter | B-47715
Ozark, Missouri

Facebook.com/flyingmonkeyartanddesign

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Tales From the Bonfire

Tales From the Bonfire

By Pat Moorehead

I was a late starter when it came to skydiving. I began at age 37 in 1969 when several of my firefighter buddies and I were watching our 10-inch black-and-white TV in the station and saw a program about skydiving at Skylark Airport in Lake Elsinore, California. “What the heck,” we said.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Rex Rossbach

After college I wound up in an unhealthy relationship. I was depressed and needed to do something about it. One of my coworkers, Ray, had recently started skydiving and was always encouraging people to come to the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, to try it. I was pretty desperate, so I figured, “What the hell?”

Author: Rex Rossbach
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Rich Grimm | D-18890

Rich Grimm | D-18890

By Brian Giboney

Rich Grimm, D-18890, started skydiving in 1980. He has been a competitor and a DZO, but he’s best known for being the creator, facilitator and organizer of epic international boogies in exotic locations.

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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Paul Wyckoff (right) gets freefly coaching from P.J. Jackson at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Safety & Training Articles

Rating Corner | Clarifying Goals for Early AFF Jumps

Rating Corner | Clarifying Goals for Early AFF Jumps

By Jen Sharp

As an AFF instructor, it’s important to present clear, measurable, succinct and, of course, correct goals for your students, particularly during this initial phase. Do you know what those goals are?

Author: Jen Sharp
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Ask a Rigger | Pilot-Chute Pouch Inspection

Ask a Rigger | Pilot-Chute Pouch Inspection

By Shauna Finley

On containers using a throw-out deployment system, the elastic or nylon spandex (Spandura) bottom-of-container pilot-chute pouch—aka the BOC—is arguably one of the most important and visible components.

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Foundations of flight | Head Position

Foundations of flight | Head Position

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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Featured Event

Jumpers fly a formation at the Sequential Games event organized by Milko Hodgkinson, Dieter Kirsch and Patrick Passe at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Algarve in Portugal.

Featured DZ

Andy Riggs and Ally Lesnick make a 2-way head-up jump at Skydive Milwaukee.

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