Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

Mixed formation skydiving team Fallhalla (Chris Gunter, Paul Harris and Emily Royal) turns points on its way to taking fourth in the advanced class at the USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

Features

Rhythm’s Guide to Team Budgeting
Features | November 2018

Rhythm’s Guide to Team Budgeting

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

So, you’d like to form a skydiving team and you’ve found other skydivers to join you. Congratulations! Now what? The good news is that the greatest hurdle is behind you. The next step is to come up with a team budget.

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Camaraderie and Community
Features | November 2018

Camaraderie and Community

The 35th FAI Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships

Determining world champions is not the only purpose for holding world championships. Promoting the sport, exchanging knowledge and information and strengthening friendly relationships between participating nations are equally important. The 35th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships at Dropzone Erden near Montana, Bulgaria, August 24-31 offered the chance to do all of those things.

Author: Lindy Leach
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The 2nd FAI Wingsuit Flying World Championships
Features | November 2018

The 2nd FAI Wingsuit Flying World Championships

Photos by Scott Callantine

In the Olomouc region of the Czech Republic lays Prostějov, a city of more than 44,000 people that dates back to the 12th century. Home to the 601st Special Forces Group of the Czech Armed Forces, the airport in Prostějov has a history in parachuting going back to 1960. The drop zone Jump-Tandem, owned by Martin Dlouhý, a professional skydiver of more than 33 years, has been host to multiple world events, including two Vector Festivals, the CYPRES 25th Anniversary Boogie, three European Championships, two Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Cups and now two FAI World Championships.

Author: USPA Staff
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Swooping San Diego
Features | November 2018

Swooping San Diego

Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships

For the first time in the U.S., a swooping competition came to the heart of a major city, giving the non-jumping general public a front-row seat to the dynamic, high-speed, spectator-friendly sport of canopy piloting. The Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships came to the waterfront in downtown San Diego September 14-15, and the action lived up to the hype.

Author: USPA Staff
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On Valor—Skydivers Work Together to Help a Hero
Features | November 2018

On Valor—Skydivers Work Together to Help a Hero

By Annette O'Neil

When it happened, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal operator, had already been serving his country for a dozen years. Those years had been good, full, strong years. On the day in question, the mission at hand was most certainly not Stacy’s first. All the way back in 2010, the USO presented its Service Member of the Year award to CPO Stacy for his key role in more than 50 combat missions while he’d been deployed to Afghanistan. Over the course of that decade-plus, Stacy had destroyed improvised bombs, trained both Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces members on delicate clearing techniques and helped ensure the zero-casualty rate in the province where he was doing the good work.

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The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships
Features | November 2018

The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships

By Steve Hubbard

Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, hosted the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships September 4-18. This was the first time the mid-sized Midwestern drop zone hosted a national championships and despite a few unexpected challenges, DZO Doug Smith, Director of Marketing Becky Johns and the rest of the CSC staff rose to the occasion to ensure a successful event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Johnny Carson's Long Freefall
Features | October 1968

Johnny Carson's Long Freefall

By Bill Sinclair

On the morning of July 5th, at the Elsinore Paracenter (California), Johnny Carson, Host of NBC's "Tonight Show", realized a life long ambition by making the delayed free fall parachute jump from an altitude of 12, 500 feet.

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Gearing Up

Nov 2018
Public-use Airport Numbers Decline

Today, USPA membership stands at 40,512 and continues growing with over a half-million people in the U.S. making their first jumps every year. General aviation, however, is still in a downward arc despite the best efforts of general aviation groups to attract and keep more pilots.

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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

Digital

Ben Harris | D-30873

Salisbury, Maryland

In Your Words

“Anti-Gravity”

“Anti-Gravity”

By Ben Harris

Digital

Ben Harris | D-30873

Salisbury, Maryland

Author: Ben Harris
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Hannah Betts | D-30022

Hannah Betts | D-30022

By Brian Giboney

Hannah Betts, D-30022, is a competitive skydiver, instructor and stunt performer who began her jumping career in the U.K. but now lives in California. Betts’ 4-way formation skydiving team—Bodyflight Storm—won the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale Women’s World Championships and twice won the British Championships, and she was a member of the 181-way team that set the FAI Women’s World Record for Largest Formation Skydive. Skydiving opened the door to a career in Hollywood, where she now does stunt work for TV shows and movies, which have included “NCIS,” “The Walking Dead” and “Antman.”

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

November 2018

Author: USPA Staff
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How Skydiving Changed My Life

How Skydiving Changed My Life

by Bill Leonard

I have an intense fear of heights. My hands sweat on carnival Ferris wheels, during cliff scenes in movies and in my office (I’m on the 44th floor of a downtown building). Whenever I mention this, people just shake their heads in disbelief and say, “How did you skydive?” My answer is simple: a very persistent friend. And I will always be thankful his persistence paid off.

Author: Bll Leonard
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

From left, William Middlebrooks, Cate Allington and Lauren Byrd practice an AFF exit from the Otter during CarolinaFest at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Safety & Training Articles

Rating Corner | Using the ISP

Rating Corner | Using the ISP

by Jim Crouch

Section 4 of the Skydiver’s Information Manual contains the Integrated Student Program, now in its 18th year as the progression that USPA recommends for students working toward the A license. It is a very detailed program, which can make it look intimidating to the casual observer, but it’s actually easy to implement and use. The program makes it simple to track exactly what students have completed and what they still need to accomplish as they work through each of the tasks required for the USPA A license.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Safety Check | Learning from the Past

Safety Check | Learning from the Past

by Jim Crouch

Harry S. Truman once said, “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” This quote (and many others like it) warns us all that we must know our history to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. It comes as no surprise that this also applies directly to skydiving.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess

Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess

USPA Staff

This jumper deployed his main parachute at approximately 3,500 feet, and it was immediately obvious the parachute had malfunctioned and would not inflate. He released the main parachute a few seconds after the deployment and opened his reserve parachute.

Author: USPA Staff
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One-Armed Canopy Flight

One-Armed Canopy Flight

By Axis Flight School

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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 Johnson | D-21060

At Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center in Mulino, Oregon, Scott Harris officiates and Zac Rubenson shoots video as Jesse Castillo, A-76089, and Lauren Lopez, B-49142, recreate their wedding that took place on the ground moments earlier.

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