Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, 84 skydivers set the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive.

Features

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2019

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14.

Author: USPA Staff
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Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | September 2019

Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

At its 2018 summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors chose Mike Horan, D-881, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service.

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ToraTora
Features | September 2019

ToraTora

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The five members of professional skydiving team ToraTora—Jarno Cordia, Willem de Groot, Rene Terstegen, Martijn Van Dam and Jasper van der Meer—put together a magical week of skydiving and other adventure sports in Slovenia’s Soca Valley, adjacent to Triglav National Park.

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Chasing the Spaceball 2.0
Features | September 2019

Chasing the Spaceball 2.0

By Annette O’Neil

Sebastian Alvarez, D-32538, was a pro surfer and a Chilean Air Force pilot (flying helicopters and planes alike) in his home country before he donned his first wingsuit.

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Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History
Features | September 2019

Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History

By Jessica Brownlow

An international group of skydivers broke the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive by flying an 84-way during the Upright World Record Attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, July 22-26.

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Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years
Features | September 2019

Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years

By Bill Lahman

The club invited friends from years past, and many showed up for the weekend, including some who were part of the club in its first decade.

Author: Bill Lahman
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Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country
Features | September 2019

Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country

A Parachutist Pictorial

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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

“Swooping the Serenity”
Acrylic on canvas

Marina Kartseva
Marinart.land

In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Swooping the Serenity”

“Swooping the Serenity”

By Marina Kartseva

“Swooping the Serenity”
Acrylic on canvas

Marina Kartseva
Marinart.land

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Letters

A Coincidence

While waiting in the loading area for the Caravan to land, I and a group of other jumpers witnessed a skydiver under a reserve canopy with his main pilot chute trailing.

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Letters

Aircraft-Incident Statistics

For the 2019 skydiving fatality report, USPA should include those who perished in the Dillingham accident.

Author: Jed Morris
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How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Pam Potzer

Growing up, I would constantly tell my parents that one day I’d skydive, too. They’d always tell me how expensive and dangerous it was, I think because a part of them did not want to see pictures of their daughter hanging off the strut of a Cessna.

Author: Pam Potzer
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Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563

Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563

By Brian Giboney

Stu Metcalfe, D-2563, is 71 years young and still killin’ it. This Cornhusker started skydiving in March 1969 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and soon became interested in precision accuracy.

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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Fashion model Gracen Taylor-Marie Kerr makes her first skydive with instructor David Fulk at CarolinaFest at Skydive Carolina in South Carolina. (Weird coincidence alert: The instructor, student and photographer on this jump all share the same birthday—December 11.)

Safety & Training Articles

Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive

Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive

By Ron Bell

At its summer 2018 meeting, the USPA Board of Directors adjusted the requirements for students obtaining A licenses to align with requirements for Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale Certificates of Proficiency.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?

Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?

By Shauna Finley

Gear damage happens in many ways: from normal wear and tear, sliding in landings, dragging rigs across the packing floor, etc. Surprisingly, one item that can cause significant damage is the keeper, the elastic band with which you stow your chest or leg straps.

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Foundations of flight | Neutral Body Position

Foundations of flight | Neutral Body Position

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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Featured Event

Erin Lewis (pink helmet) organizes a 3-way for newer jumpers at the Cinco de Mayo Boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia.

Featured DZ

DZOs Mike Bohn and Leland Procell skim across the landing area at Orange Skies Free Fall Center.

Closing In

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