Photo by Raymond Adams  | D-30158

Professional stuntman Eric Salas cuts away from a flaming tertiary canopy (which he set afire with a flare gun) before deploying his true main canopy at Skydive Georgia in Cedartown.

Features

Real Talk About Skydiving With a Cold
Features | March 2019

Real Talk About Skydiving With a Cold

By Annette O'Neil

As a skydiver, you probably take the advice of doctors on health questions involving skydiving with a few grains of salt, right? I mean, if it’s important enough that you’re actually going to bother asking somebody outside of the internet, your fate seems predestined.

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Fly Girls!
Features | March 2019

Fly Girls!

By Amy Chmelecki | Photos Courtesy of Red Bull

The Second Annual Red Bull Fly Girls Summit at iFLY Orlando and Skydive DeLand in Florida hosted 55 of the country’s best female skydivers—professional and amateur—during the first weekend of 2019. The summit celebrated women in skydiving, a sport that men have traditionally dominated. With its event, which featured a variety of seminars, tunnel time and fun jumps, as well as a competition and an instructional rating course, Red Bull hoped to inspire more women to become skydivers and grow the sport accordingly.

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Banish Unsightly Wrinkles Forever—How Packing Affects the Lifespan and Appearance of Your Container
Features | March 2019

Banish Unsightly Wrinkles Forever—How Packing Affects the Lifespan and Appearance of Your Container

By Riley Marshall

Have you ever noticed how two containers with the same number of jumps on them can look vastly different? This is a result of many factors, which you should take into account every time you use your rig.

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Knowledge and Networking
Features | March 2019

Knowledge and Networking

USPA's 2019 Drop Zone Operators' Conference

Every two years, USPA brings together drop zone owners, operators and staff for a day full of presentations and discussions on all the latest important issues for DZs. This year, USPA held its 2019 Drop Zone Operators’ Conference February 3-4 in Dallas, Texas. About 100 DZOs, speakers, Federal Aviation Administration representatives and sponsors met to share information on everything from safety to marketing to keeping young jumpers in the sport.

Author: USPA Staff
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New Faces, Fresh Ideas—The 2019 Winter USPA Board of Directors Meeting
Features | March 2019

New Faces, Fresh Ideas—The 2019 Winter USPA Board of Directors Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

Following USPA elections last fall, the USPA Board of Directors gathered for the first meeting of its three-year term February 1-3 in Dallas, Texas. The new board welcomed six new members, two of whom had previously been on the board and returned after a hiatus.

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Life's a Beach... and Then You Fly!
Features | March 2019

Life's a Beach... and Then You Fly!

A Parachutist Photo Essay—Photo's by Norman Kent

Author: Norman Kent
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Energy and Excitement—The 2018 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships
Features | March 2019

Energy and Excitement—The 2018 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

By USPA Director of Competition Steve Hubbard

USPA held its 2018 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at an unusually frigid Skydive Arizona in Eloy December 28-January 2. Skydive Arizona has hosted numerous Collegiates over the event’s 61-year history, and as usual, owners Larry and Lil Hill, Safety and Training Advisor Bryan Burke and the rest of the staff held a fantastic and successful competition despite the surprisingly chilly temperatures.

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Gearing Up

Mar 2019
USPA Protects Member Data

Recently, USPA began to make changes to its data policies, due in large part to a law—the General Data Protection Rule—passed by the European Union in 2017. Effective last May, the law required organizations worldwide to take steps to safeguard the personal data of the citizens and residents of the 28 EU countries. Moreover, the law mandates that individuals have control over how, when and if organizations share their personal data. Violations can result in large fines. Personal data is defined as any data that can uniquely identify an individual … such as a membership or license number.

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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

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Acrylic on canvas

Josey Jones | B-48775
Toronto, Ohio

In Your Words

How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Stan Shepherd

Logging three jumps before my senior year in high school probably did more for my general outlook and wellbeing than anything else. I’m not saying that jumping was the only thing that got me to think more positively about my future, but it certainly was one of the things that helped me to plan ahead and be more prepared for the next day and then the day after that.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

March 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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Katie Hansen | D-29694

Katie Hansen | D-29694

By Brian Giboney

Katie Hansen, D-29694, is a badass skydiver who can pretty much do it all. She can carve up the sky in freefall, in a wingsuit and under canopy. She’s an AFF and tandem instructor, holds a PRO rating and is a world-record holder in head-up and head-down flying. And when she isn’t in the sky, she is helping society as a registered nurse.

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"Untitled"

"Untitled"

By Josey Jones

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Josey Jones | B-48775
Toronto, Ohio

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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Safety and Training Advisor Keri Bell points out the signatures of the 59 A-license holders that Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton, Washington, trained in 2018.

Safety & Training Articles

Safety Check | 2018 Compliance Group Actions

Safety Check | 2018 Compliance Group Actions

USPA Staff

In the interest of safety, USPA formed a Compliance Group to investigate allegations against members of USPA. Although the Compliance Group focuses its efforts on retraining and education rather than penalties, it will suspend or revoke memberships or ratings if its investigations show that such actions are warranted. In 2018, the USPA Compliance Group conducted 21 investigations into allegations against members of USPA, 14 of which resulted in disciplinary actions.

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Keep an Eye Out | The Twisted Truth

Keep an Eye Out | The Twisted Truth

Jumpers blame the occurrence of twisted steering lines on everything from how they collapsed their canopies to the Coriolis effect. But no matter how they occur, if left unattended, they can lead to problems. It does not take many twists before lines start wearing unevenly.

Author: USPA Staff
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Rating Corner | Who Does What?

Rating Corner | Who Does What?

By Jen Sharp

How do the best competitors in our sport reach success? Teamwork: individuals combining efforts to achieve a common purpose. Teamwork works best when each member understands their part in the whole. So, in the case of skydiving instruction, who does what?

Author: Jen Sharp
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Foundations of Flight | Back-Fly Side-Slides

Foundations of Flight | Back-Fly Side-Slides

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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Ask a Rigger | Swapping Components

Ask a Rigger | Swapping Components

By Ron Bell

Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger D.J. Styles instantly knew there was something wrong with a new customer’s cutaway cables when reinstalling them after a routine reserve inspection and repack of a rig the customer had purchased used less than a year earlier. Styles routinely measures cables for new customers, as well as anytime he replaces a lost handle, but this time the cutaway cables were several inches longer than the manufacturer’s specifications, and it was apparent there was a problem even without measuring.

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Featured Event

Jumpers fly a formation during the Wingsuit World Record Attempts at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Featured DZ

Tamsyn Signe leads a wingsuit flock during the March of the Penguins Boogie at Paracentrum Texel.

Closing In

Photo by David Cherry |  D-33500

At the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Air Force Rejects competes in 2-way vertical formation skydiving, in which they took the bronze medal.

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