Photo by Cheryl Brown   |   USPA #244108
Jay Sanders swoops the pond at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida during the For the Legends canopy piloting event during the International Skydiving Museum’s Hall of Fame celebrations.

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USPA Mourns Skydive and President George H.W. Bush
Features | January 2019

USPA Mourns Skydive and President George H.W. Bush

By Christopher Needles

Skydiving has had many great moments, but none surpass the first skydive by President George H.W. Bush. Now it is with great sadness that the skydiving community bids farewell to one of its own. President Bush was 94 years old.

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Coming Together
Features | January 2019

Coming Together

Skydivers Join Forces with Kids for Peace

When some of the best skydivers in the world learned that Kids for Peace was launching the Do It for Peace campaign to inspire people worldwide to take action, they just had to be part of it! On September 27, 34 world-class skydivers with a combined total of 195,000 jumps united and accomplished a peace-sign formation at Skydive Elsinore in California.

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Epitomizing the Sport: The 2018 Hall of Fame Celebration
Features | January 2019

Epitomizing the Sport: The 2018 Hall of Fame Celebration

By Doug Garr

Lew Sanborn, D-1, was holding court outside the Bird House bar, relaxing with old timers whose jump totals were in the thousands. Just a few yards away at the other end of the facility, a couple of tandem students were gearing up for the experience of a lifetime. Nobody knew whether they would become skydivers or were merely weekend seekers of a thrill ride. In between, skydivers of every age, from everywhere and from every discipline, champions and casual weekend jumpers, gathered. It was the kind of atmosphere that epitomizes our sport. It was the International Skydiving Museum’s Hall of Fame weekend at one of the iconic locations of sport parachuting: Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida

Author: Doug Garr
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Aging Gracefully: Skydive Elsinore Celebrates 60 Years
Features | January 2019

Aging Gracefully: Skydive Elsinore Celebrates 60 Years

A Parachutist Photo Essay

Some say that aging gracefully is hard. But on Saturday, November 10, Skydive Elsinore in California showed that time is on its side and age is just a number as it celebrated 60 years of top-notch skydiving at the drop zone’s home, Skylark Airfield. Current, former and aspiring jumpers flocked to the event. Among them was Larry Perkins, the son of the drop zone’s founder, Cy Perkins, who on March 1, 1958, took a skydiver (whose name is lost to time) up in his Cessna 172 and let him fall out. 

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Down for 50
Features | January 2019

Down for 50

What Jumping in 50 States During One Trip Can Teach You

t was the best worst idea (or, perhaps, the worst best idea).  It came, as all the best worst ideas do, over coffee.

It bubbled up one wintry Slovak afternoon as my partner, Joel Strickland, and I were taking a mid-tunnel-camp break. As I snuggled down into a beanbag chair with my thermos, I checked my phone. A dear friend—the inimitable Melissa Dawn Burns—popped up to invite us to visit her in Alaska, where she and her husband have been flying planes over the wilderness at the world’s end. I’d never been to Alaska. I’d always wanted to go.

Suddenly, a thought occurred out of the ether. I turned to Joel.

“Hey, do you want to jump in all 50 states?”

“No,” he said, without missing a beat.

A few moments went by. I kept scrolling.

“Wait. Yes.”

And suddenly, it was real.

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Freefall Celebrates 100 Years
Features | January 2019

Freefall Celebrates 100 Years

A USPA Special Report

On April 28, 1919, 23-year-old Leslie Irvin did something many had long thought impossible: He jumped from an airplane—intentionally untethered by a static line—freefell 1,000 feet, deployed a parachute and landed safely. And so freefall as we now know it was born.

Author: USPA Staff
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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

Watercolor and ink on canvas

Dana Alenzi

In Your Words

How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Richard dePerrot

When I was a child, I thought that I could fly. In my dreams, I hovered in the living room and floated out the door into the street. I hovered like a dragonfly in slow motion as I examined the trees and architecture of my neighborhood up close. I didn’t realize that it was a dream; it was so intense, I believed it really happened. I blame this weird dream for my delusions of flying.

Author: Deborah
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Travis Mills | D-27249

Travis Mills | D-27249

By Brian Giboney

Travis Mills, D-27249, is a world-class canopy pilot who flies competitively for the PD Factory Team and is a canopy coach for Flight-1. He is also talented in freefall and has been on numerous world-record-setting big-way jumps and medaled in freestyle and vertical formation skydiving at the world championships. The most recent of his many accomplishments are winning the first meet and taking silver overall at the two-meet 2018 Swoop Freestyle World Championships and taking bronze overall at the 2018 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

January 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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"Moe"

"Moe"

By Dana Alenzi

Watercolor and ink on canvas

Dana Alenzi

Author: Dana Alenzi
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, AFF student Kyle Nielson makes his required hop-and-pop jump from 3,500 feet.

Safety & Training Articles

Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines

Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines

USPA Staff

A jumper experienced broken suspension lines on his new main parachute that required him to cut away and deploy his reserve. Later, when investigators inspected the main parachute, they determined that tension knots, which most likely developed in the jumper’s semi-stowless deployment bag, caused one line to saw through the other lines. Jumpers must carefully fold suspension lines into the pouch of a semi-stowless bag to allow the lines to pull free in an orderly manner.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | 449

Safety Check | 449

By Jim Crouch

Four hundred and forty-nine. That’s a small number by some standards and a large one by others. To me, it is a much larger number than it should be. This is the number of civilian skydiving fatalities recorded in the United States during the 18 years and three months that I was the director of safety and training for USPA. Each one was a tragedy, with friends and family left in shock as they picked up the pieces in the aftermath of suddenly losing a loved one.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Rating Corner | Currency Jumps

Rating Corner | Currency Jumps

By Jim Crouch

Real life often gets in the way of skydiving, and jumpers may find themselves away from the sport for 61 days, 30 years or something in between. One of the regular tasks of USPA Coaches and Instructors is to help these jumpers knock off the rust and get back in the air. Every jumper’s situation will be different, so it requires the instructional staff to create a training plan unique to each individual.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Foundations of Flight | 69 Exit

Foundations of Flight | 69 Exit

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

Alex Patterson and Erick Arevalo work on head-down exits with Brianne Thompson during the Arizona X-Force Vericial Challenge at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Photo by Nathan Roth | C-41152

Featured DZ

Amy and Cliff Butler exit over Skydive Monroe.

Photo by Max Sidner | D-24801

Closing In

Photo by Jeff Agard |  D-16906
Will DeBlois swoops a pond, jumps a berm and swoops a second pond, eventually landing dry, at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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