Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving?

Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving?

With the surge in popularity of wind tunnels among both skydivers and non-skydivers alike, USPA is faced with many questions regarding the sport...

Jul 2017

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame will hold its 2017 Celebration Event at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois,...

Jul 2017

Defining an Era

Defining an Era

B.J. Worth did not just influence the sport of skydiving, he defined an era. His thumbprint appears on most of the significant developments from...

Jun 2017

Jun 2017

How to Dance With the Nylon in the Pale Moonlight

How to Dance With the Nylon in the Pale Moonlight

If you’re squaring up to the requirements for your D license, there’s a good possibility that those jumps are causing a bit of nail-biting. Steve Woodford—the organizer of many funnel-free, injury-free, collision-free big-way-milestone night jumps—is here to tell you not to worry.

Jun 2017

Deadly Serious

Deadly Serious

Breakoff. Greg turned 180 degrees to track from his five teammates. It was a simple 6-way with no contact. Uneventful, yes, but still glorious. Everything about skydiving was glorious. Especially when the jumps were from a C-130 Hercules at 12,500 feet … and it’s your job.

Greg was just one of hundreds of military freefall parachutists in training for the Army. On this, his 35th jump, he was tracking over the arid California desert, just a speck in the sky. Greg was a typical young parachutist with a great sense of humor who loved to joke with his fellow jumpers. But when it came to skydiving, he was quiet and deadly serious. His focus was absolute.

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Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving?

USPA seeks member input

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers

The 2017 Skydiving Hall of Fame

Ryan Risberg | D-22873

Profile

Brandon Kendrick | A-77981 | Boca Raton, Florida

How Skydiving Changed My Life

Gearing Up

Foreign or Military License and Rating Conversions

Avoiding Deployment Collisions

Group Separation

Head-Down Fall-Rate Changes in the Shelf Position

Reserve Ripcord Placement

Avoiding Deployment Collisions

For the many skydivers who jump from Cessna 182s or Cessna 206s at...
Safety Check

Foreign or Military License and Rating Conversions

As a USPA Instructor or Instructor Examiner, you may need to help...
The Rating Corner
Reserve Ripcord Placement

Reserve Ripcord Placement

While opening a container to start a reserve repack, a Federal...
Keep An Eye Out
Head-Down Fall-Rate Changes in the Shelf Position

Head-Down Fall-Rate Changes in the Shelf Position

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS...
Foundations of Flight

Providing Your Students the Best

One of the most important of an instructional rating...
The Rating Corner

Gearing Up

Jul 2017

More than once in past “Gearing Up” columns, you’ve read me urging jumpers to take a canopy course. Of course, since 2012, USPA requires those who want a B license to take one. But it’s generally conceded that it’s a...

Jun 2017

In "Five Minute Call," you'll read of the Oklahoma DZ owner whom a court ordered to pay a substantial sum to a 16-year-old injured in 2014 during a static-line first jump. Coincidentally, during that period, USPA's board of...

May 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration operates the largest and safest aviation system in the world. How large? Of the 32.9 million air carrier departures worldwide in 2015, the U.S. had the most with 8.7 million. China was a distant second. Of an...

Apr 2017

Here's a jump story. Or rather, a story about a jump that didn't happen. But first, do you believe that things happen for a reason? Or alternatively, do you believe that a bad outcome can later be viewed as a good outcome?

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Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving?

Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving?

With the surge in popularity of wind tunnels among both skydivers and non-skydivers alike, USPA is faced with many questions regarding the sport of indoor skydiving. First and foremost, how involved should USPA be with the burgeoning sport? Is indoor skydiving actually skydiving, or is it only related to skydiving?

Should USPA remain entirely hands-off and consider it a different sport, just as it does with BASE jumping? Or should USPA completely incorporate indoor skydiving into the organization and issue memberships, licenses and records and select champions and U.S. Teams just as it would for jumpers of any other discipline? Or should we take some middle ground?

July 2017 0 Comments
Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame will hold its 2017 Celebration Event at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, the weekend of September 21-23. Now in its eighth year, the Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who “through leadership, innovation and/or outstanding achievement have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels.” The hall and museum strive to preserve the sport’s rich history, as well as inspire current and future skydivers to document their aerial achievements. 

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How to Dance With the Nylon in the Pale Moonlight

How to Dance With the Nylon in the Pale Moonlight

If you’re squaring up to the requirements for your D license, there’s a good possibility that those jumps are causing a bit of nail-biting. Steve Woodford—the organizer of many funnel-free, injury-free, collision-free big-way-milestone night jumps—is here to tell you not to worry.

June 2017 0 Comments
Defining an Era

Defining an Era

B.J. Worth did not just influence the sport of skydiving, he defined an era. His thumbprint appears on most of the significant developments from the 1970s through the last decade, the heyday of skydiving Baby Boomers. It began with cutting-edge skydiving, which led him to undertake breathtaking stunts for major media productions and later organize exhibition jumps viewed live by millions. All this while thoughtfully and considerately governing skydiving as a board member for USPA and the International Parachuting Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Worth’s contributions earned him the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2017 FAI Gold Parachuting Medal, skydiving’s highest honors.

June 2017 0 Comments
Deadly Serious

Deadly Serious

Breakoff. Greg turned 180 degrees to track from his five teammates. It was a simple 6-way with no contact. Uneventful, yes, but still glorious. Everything about skydiving was glorious. Especially when the jumps were from a C-130 Hercules at 12,500 feet … and it’s your job.

Greg was just one of hundreds of military freefall parachutists in training for the Army. On this, his 35th jump, he was tracking over the arid California desert, just a speck in the sky. Greg was a typical young parachutist with a great sense of humor who loved to joke with his fellow jumpers. But when it came to skydiving, he was quiet and deadly serious. His focus was absolute.

June 2017 0 Comments
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