Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

Prior to the start of the USPA National Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, members of SDC Rhythm XP (Douglas Barron, Andrew Happick, JaNette Lefkowitz and Steve Lefkowitz) practice for the open 4-way formation skydiving event, where they took the gold medal.

Features

How to Train Your Brain
Features | November 2019

How to Train Your Brain

By Annette O’Neil

Think about the skydivers you’ve met over the years who drifted away. Nothing happened, per se; they just ... well ... disappeared. Some of this attrition is natural. The pressures of finances, family and career come into play. But have you wondered how much attrition owes directly to repetitive stress injuries on these athletes’ minds?

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Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing
Features | November 2019

Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing

By Jim Crouch

I stood at the deep end of the indoor heated pool while wearing a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and a training harness connected to a 300-square-foot main canopy and jumped into the water.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships

By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard

The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.

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It's All About the Exit
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

It's All About the Exit

By Zach Lewis

It is all about the exit! That’s a phrase you’ll often hear in the world of competitive formation skydiving.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?
Features | November 1969

Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?

By Jerry Rouillard

In April of 1968, two months before actual filming of "MOTHS" began, a group of Southern Califorania jumpers were assembled at Elsinore, California to make several hundred rehearsal and equipment testing jumps.

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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

“Falling Angels”
Acrylic on canvas

Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
Cary, North Carolina

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In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Falling Angels”

“Falling Angels”

By Bobbi Faulkner

“Falling Angels”
Acrylic on canvas

Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
Cary, North Carolina

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Letters

Jump Aircraft Safety

Ed Scott’s “Gearing Up” editorial (September Parachutist) was welcome and cogent. But I would add that many jumpers would like to see more vigilance from pilots to ensure that everyone has their seatbelts secure for takeoff.

Author: Doug Garr
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Adam Buckner | D-16514

Adam Buckner | D-16514

By Brian Giboney

Like so many jumpers of his generation, Adam Buckner—at the time a freestyle BMX rider—started skydiving in 1991 after seeing the movie “Point Break.”

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Safety & Training Featured Photo

AFF Instructor Tim Hajewski guides an AFF student through the landing pattern at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin.

Safety & Training Articles

Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links

Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links

During a routine repack, a rigger discovered that this Maillon Rapide quick link (aka French link) on the main deployment bag had damaged the pilot chute’s kill line and attachment point, likely from repeated friction between the components.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Winter Jumping

Safety Check | Winter Jumping

By Ron Bell

The summer season has faded away, and so have high temperatures, at least in the northern states. Fall is fading to winter, frost is appearing in the morning grass, and if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you have probably noticed it is getting colder in freefall.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving

Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

If you’re instructing AFF students, you are engaging in formation skydiving.

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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Featured Event

Melissa Abner flies her canopy in for landing at the Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

Featured DZ

Anais Zanotti, Gabriela Fleury de Castro, Justin Hope and Jake Johnson freefly at Skydive Miami.

Closing In

At the USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, camera flyer Chad Ross of Polaris shoots his teammates, Matthew Fry and Katie Hansen, on their way to taking gold in artistic freefly.

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