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    "100 Years of Freefall" By Brian Hernandez   (Apr 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art 100 years of Freefall

    “100 Years of Freefall”
    Colored pencil

    Brian Hernandez | USPA # 322723
    Lake Elsinore, California

    "Sunset Load" By Laura Dawson   (Oct 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Fused glass

    Laura Dawson
    lauradawsonglass.com

     

    "Untitled" By Josey Jones   (Mar 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Untitled” 
    Acrylic on canvas

    Josey Jones | B-48775
    Toronto, Ohio

    "untitled" By Daniel Silva | B-49187   (Jan 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    "untitled"
    Acrylic on drywall

    Daniel Silva | B-49187
    Huntington Beach, California
    danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

    "We're Awesome" By Rachel Kennedy   (Jul 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Rachel Kennedy | B-46618
    Clinton Township, Michigan 

    “100 Years of Freefall” By Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani   (May 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art 100 years of Freefall

    “100 Years of Freefall”

    Colored pencil

    Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani | Age 15
    Tehran, Iran

    “100th Landing” By Sietske Dils   (Mar 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “100th Landing”
    Watercolor

    Sietske Dils

    “Behind the Lens” By Hannah Borg-Ore   (Sep 2020) People Featured Art

    “Behind the Lens”
    Colored pencil and felt-tip pen

    Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
    Miami, Florida
    orehannah@gmail.com

    “Cool Swoop, Hot Sun” By Ismael Iribar   (Aug 2019) People Featured Art

    “Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”
    Digital illustration

    Ismael Iribar | B-45880
    Tallahassee, Florida

    gravitystudiollc@gmail.com

    “Daffy Dabs” By Benjamin Chandor   (Jun 2019) People Featured Art

    “Daffy Dabs”

    Ink and pencil, based on a photo by Jen Mackinnon

    Benjamin Chandor
    Artfullyinclined.com

    “Dog DayZ at the DZ” By Stephanie Bush   (Apr 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Dog DayZ at the DZ”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Stephanie Bush
    Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

    “Falling Angels” By Bobbi Faulkner   (Nov 2019) People Featured Art

    “Falling Angels”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
    Cary, North Carolina

    sheskydives.com

    “Fly Free #4” By Lily Sayre | B-50998   (Feb 2020) People Featured Art

    “Fly Free #4”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Lily Sayre | B-50998
    Somerville, Massachusetts
    Skydiveart.com

    “Flying by Design” By Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau   (Aug 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Paint and marker
     

    Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau | B-47715 and A-80088
    Ozark, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri

    “High Altitude, Low Pull” By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229   (Dec 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “High Altitude, Low Pull”
    Mixed media

    Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
    Merritt Island, Florida
    shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

    “I Met Myself on the Mountain” By Kayla Perron   (Jun 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “I Met Myself on the Mountain”
    Ink on paper

    Kayla Perron | B-47722
    Orlando, Florida

    “Mike McGowan” By Rod Leisure   (Oct 2019) People Featured Art

    “Mike McGowan”
    Airbrush

    Rod Leisure | D-18726
    Arcadia, Indiana

    scratchart29@gmail.com

    “Natural Transition” By Annalisa Beery   (Aug 2020) People Featured Art

    “Natural Transition”
    Ink on paper

    Annalisa Beery
    annalisabeery.wixsite.com/faiththroughfreefall
    annalisabeery@gmail.com

    “Ski and Donna Dive the Hills” By Ebby Boehm   (Jul 2020) People Featured Art

    “Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Ebby Boehm | D-9410
    Bradenton, Florida
    Ebbyboehm@gmail.com

    “Sunset Swoop!” By Sam Holliman   (May 2020) People Featured Art

    “Sunset Swoop!”
    Colored pencils and pastels on paper

    Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
    Durham, North Carolina
    Sam.holliman@gmail.com

    “Swooping the Serenity” By Marina Kartseva   (Sep 2019) People Featured Art

    “Swooping the Serenity”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Marina Kartseva
    Marinart.land

    “The Day Trip” By Colleen Mondics   (Sep 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Acrylic on Canvas
     

    Colleen Mondics | A-56684
    Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
    cemondics.webs.com

    “Watching My Opening” By Heather Weter   (Jul 2019) People Featured Art

    “Watching My Opening”

    Colored pencil

    Heather Weter | B-47715
    Ozark, Missouri

    Facebook.com/flyingmonkeyartanddesign

    15 Minutes of Fame   (May 2017) People Tales from the Bonfire

    Fifteen minutes of fame. Everybody will have it once. I had mine in 1987 because I saved a life while skydiving.

    A Long Night in a Swamp Tales from the Bonfire   (Jun 2017) Parachutist People Tales from the Bonfire

    As a SoCal jumper, I don't have to worry that much about landing in trees or anything green. So I took seriously memorizing the DZ's aerial photo (the kind all DZs have hanging near manifest) when I went jumping in Maine. I knew where all the tree groves were, along with power lines, ditches and other obstructions. After a couple of jumps, I got comfy with the landing pattern, and I felt I knew my way around.

    A Salute To All Instructors by Ed Scott   (Jul 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

    We all owe deep appreciation and grateful thanks to our current ranks of instructors and coaches for their diligence and professionalism.

    Adam Buckner | D-16514 By Brian Giboney   (Nov 2019) People Profiles

    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.”

    Adeline Gray—Daredevil in Nylon A USPA Staff Report   (Aug 2021) People
    Alice Hicks |D-23554 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2021) People Profiles
    Ari Perelman | D-27247 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2019) People Profiles

    Ari Perelman, D-27247, is a world-class formation skydiving competitor, coach and organizer. He is a current member of Arizona Airspeed, which recently took silver in 4-way FS at the 2018 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships in Australia. Also skilled in vertical flying, Perelman has competed in vertical and mixed formation skydiving and was on the 138-way FAI Head-Down World Record in 2012.

    B.J. Worth | D-3805 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2018) People Profiles

    B.J. (Bruce Jeffery) Worth, D-3805, is an epic figure in skydiving. He helped develop competitive formation skydiving and went on to become a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Champion; performed parachuting stunts in blockbuster movies (including playing James Bond from 1979-1997); organized the famous Olympic rings skydive in Seoul in 1988; and led World Team, which set multiple FAI World Records (including the standing 400-way record for largest formation). Worth also served as president of the USPA Board and president of the International Parachuting Commission and earned the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the FAI Gold Medal for Parachuting, Bronze Medal and Air Sports Centenary Award.

    Back-Tracking —A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Sep 2021) People Featured Photos
    Baney Receives Regional Achievement Award   (Jul 2021) People

    In May, Lee Baney, D-10487, received the USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Central Region during a ceremony at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Best Friends Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Mar 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Gian Franco Malinconi Reyes kneels down to greet his loyal companion, Frankie, in the landing area after a jump.

    Bill Jones | D-924 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2018) People Profiles

    Bill Jones, D-924, is a legendary skydiver, instructor, drop zone owner, innovator and the patriarch of a large skydiving family. Nearly the entire Jones family jumps: six of his children have made their livings from skydiving, and five of the six still do. At age 86—after actively sport jumping for more than 50 years—Jones still has skydiving goals, proving that this is a sport for life.

    Bill Wenger | D-3774 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2018) People Profiles

    Bill Wenger, D-3774 and a U.S. Army Golden Knight from 1974-1980, has dedicated much of his life to coaching and developing military skydivers, bringing dozens of teams to the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. He helped pioneer the 8-way FS discipline and earned numerous medals in FS and accuracy at national and world competitions. His peers describe him as “a great guy,” “humble,” “hard working” and “a great father” (to current Golden Knight Jason Wenger).

    Breaking Barriers—A Look at Women in the Sport on the 10th Anniversary of SIS By Director of Sport Promotion Shanon Searls   (Jun 2021) People Features

    In 2021, the USPA Sisters in Skydiving program celebrates its 10th anniversary!

    Brent Findlay | USPA# 244231 By Brian Giboney   (Apr 2019) People Profiles

    Brent Findlay is a laid-back Kiwi who started skydiving in 1982. Since then, he’s become an iconic member of the New Zealand skydiving scene. He met his wife skydiving and raised a family around the sport. (His son, Dale, is also a skydiver.) Today, Findlay is an active formation skydiver who continues to set records, the most recent the 2018 New Zealand Competition Record for Most Points on a 4-Way Formation Skydive. By all accounts, Findlay is just getting better with age!

    Burble and Sigma to Integrate   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    Sigma, the company USPA uses to provide digital credentials (such as the USPA membership card), is in the process of integrating with Burble, a manifest program used by 130 drop zones worldwide. The integration will allow skydivers to grant access to DZs that use Burble to view their merits on Sigma (including USPA credentials). The drop zone will then instantly see verified, auto-updated information—including a record of currency—as a member checks in, which should make check-in times shorter and manifesting more efficient.

    Carmen Villamil | D-30297 By Brian Giboney   (Apr 2020) People Profiles

    Carmen Villamil, D-30297, began jumping in her native Puerto Rico but now makes her home at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. She is involved in many aspects of the sport—instructing, videography, rigging and competing—and has excelled at each.

    Celebrating Our Female History Makers By Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.   (Feb 2021) People Features
    Chazi Blacksher | D-28539 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2018) People Profiles

    Chazi Blacksher, D-28539, is a busy load organizer and competitor who is heavily involved in the Sisters in Skydiving program, women’s world record jumps and freestyle competition. Blacksher moved to Arizona years ago but stays close to her roots at the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club in Weeping Water, Nebraska, where she load organizes at the DZ’s Redemption Boogie every year.

    Conor Murphy | B-46253 | Albany, California How Skydiving Changed My Life   (Oct 2017) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    There’s a moment that happens in skydiving where my mind calms and the only thing that exists for me is the present moment. I always have some nerves as I climb to altitude. The objects of my anxiety run the gamut from second-guessing gear checks and dive flows to unfounded fears of disappointing strangers.

    Corrections   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    Corrections from the January 2019 issue of Parachutist.

    David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2020) People Profiles

    David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.

    Don Jean | A-81602 | Anthem, Arizona   (Aug 2017) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    Jumping out of an airplane was never on my bucket list. Well, honestly, I never had a bucket list until May 14, 2016: the day I completed my first tandem.

    Donors   (Jan 2019) People Donors Five Minute Call
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    Doug Barron | D-30343 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2021) People Profiles

    Doug Barron, D-30343 and a member of 4-way formation skydiving team SDC Rhythm XP, made an amazing comeback in the sport after being severely injured in 2018.

    DZO Wins Part 16 Appeal USPA Staff   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    In December 2017, Luther Kurtz, DZO of the Phoenix Skydive Center, prevailed in his Federal Aviation Administration Part 16 formal complaint against the City of Casa Grande, Arizona. Kurtz alleged that the city’s denial of access to his skydiving business was discriminatory and thus violated the city’s FAA grant obligation to accommodate all types of aeronautical activities.

    Eloy Throws Busy Thanksgiving Boogie By George Hargis | D-36681   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    Jumpers had a lot to be thankful for at Skydive Arizona in Eloy over the course of the Thanksgiving Boogie. The weather was perfect, and participants were able to jump from sunrise to sunset.

    Elsinore and San Diego Host SCR Battle by Mary SantAngelo   (Apr 2019) People Five Minute Call

    On Saturday, January 26, California DZs Skydive Elsinore and Skydive San Diego held a friendly competition revolving around the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Awards. Jumpers earn an SCR—an award conceived of by Bill Newell in 1965—by participating in a star (aka round) formation consisting of eight or more jumpers.

    Elsinore Hosts PRO Course By Mary Tortomasi   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    PRO-rated skydiver Mary Tortomasi of Bodyflyers.com recently organized a PRO-rating course at Skydive Elsinore, where seven participants had the privilege to learn from two of the most experienced demonstration jumpers in the world: Jim Wallace of 21st Century Skydiving and Rich Piccirilli of Just in Time Skydivers.

    Epic Journey 2—Jumping for Fentanyl Awareness By Communications Associate Luke Jones   (Apr 2021) People Features

    Epic Journey, the California-based life-coaching company, took to the skies above Lake Elsinore on February 13 for its fifth skydiving event since launching in August 2020.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Oct 2020) People Featured Photos

    Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Flagging Down a Record Photo by Sergey Ignatov | D-35570   (Mar 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    On December 30, three Kuwaiti Army officers and USPA members, Salem Almail, Nasser Alsabah and Fahad Alyaqoub, set the Guinness World Record for Largest Flag Flown in Freefall with a 63-square-meter (approximately 678-square-foot) flag at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Qatar in Al Khor, United Arab Emirates.

    Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward   (Oct 2020) People Five Minute Call

    When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.

    Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92   (Oct 2020) People Five Minute Call

    Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.

    Former National Director Tom Noonan Passes Away   (Oct 2021) People Homepage USPA

    On October 16, former USPA National Director Tom Noonan, D-24313, died at age 47 from a presumed medical event while preparing to make a skydive. His passing marks a huge loss for the skydiving community, which benefitted from his expertise, intelligence and warm-heartedness for more than two decades.

    Former USPA Executive Director Laura MacKenzie, D-2121, Passes Away   (May 2021) People USPA.org News Homepage USPA

    The first and only female executive director for USPA, Laura MacKenzie passed away after a long illness on Saturday, May 22.

    Francesco Cipollone | D-31600 By Brian Giboney   (Mar 2021) People Profiles

    Francesco Cipollone, D-31600, is a highly respected angle-flying coach and organizer who hails from Italy but lives in the U.S.

    Hannah Betts | D-30022 By Brian Giboney   (Nov 2018) People Profiles

    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.”

    How Skydiving Changed My Life by Deb Wright-Risley   (Jul 2018) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I am by no means a skydiver, but skydiving did truly change my life!

    After I had a heart-crushing breakup, my friend Jenn told me how she once went skydiving to feel alive again after hitting rock bottom. Completely devastated, I agreed, and we made tandem appointments at Freefall Adventures (now called Skydive Cross Keys) in New Jersey. Little did I know that fate had plans for me.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Michael Hoy   (Aug 2018) Homepage People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I took my first-jump course in Iowa in 1983. But those were college days, which meant no time or money, so my jumping didn't really take off until the summer of 1986. It was because of skydiving that I met Tim. Tim took his first-jump course in 1987, and we started jumping together.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Liz Anderson   (Sep 2018) Homepage People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I was an adrenaline junkie until I had a severe stroke in 2006. Last year, when I heard about a guy who was raising money to take people with disabilities to a wind tunnel, I was very curious. I didn't think that flying in a wind tunnel was possible for someone as immobile as I am, but I contacted him to see what he thought I could do.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life by Bill Leonard   (Nov 2018) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    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.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Richard dePerrot   (Jan 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    When I was a child, I thought that I could fly. In my dreams, I hovered in the living room and floated out the door into the street. I hovered like a dragonfly in slow motion as I examined the trees and architecture of my neighborhood up close. I didn’t realize that it was a dream; it was so intense, I believed it really happened. I blame this weird dream for my delusions of flying.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Stan Shepherd   (Mar 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    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.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By John Hamilton   (Apr 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I was sitting in my easy chair after work watching the local news when I saw an alert on the screen reporting a small plane crash at a local airport. My two business partners, who were brothers, had planned to pilot a small plane to pick up a customer that afternoon, so I was immediately concerned. Later that night, I learned that it was their plane that crashed and that they both had been killed.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Will Ghormley   (May 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    There’s nothing like the bonds soldiers forge during their service to our nation. Perhaps the hardest thing in civilian life is separation from that brotherhood. It leaves a hole. I think every veteran feels that. But when a veteran battles post-traumatic stress disorder, the feeling is even stronger. It’s like nobody but your buddies understand, and they ain’t there.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Colton Wadley   (Jun 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    Ever since I was young, I’ve been the adventurous type. I constantly seek new experiences and never let “no” get in the way. I’ve never had the mentality of letting life come to me; I’ve always chased it. I’d see something I wanted to try and go after it, whether it be acting in movies (I was in two), doing stand-up comedy or excelling in my career.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Paulo Marinho Gesta de Melo   (Dec 2015) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I was born with a heart condition. I've always known that I would have to get surgery to replace a heart valve, but the prognosis was that this would not be necessary until I was around 60 years old.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Rex Rossbach   (Jul 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    After college I wound up in an unhealthy relationship. I was depressed and needed to do something about it. One of my coworkers, Ray, had recently started skydiving and was always encouraging people to come to the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, to try it. I was pretty desperate, so I figured, “What the hell?”

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Byron Dormire   (Aug 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I would jump from the low parts of our roof with a shaky umbrella or quartered-up bedsheet, neither of which worked. I always crashed with a thud. But the seed was planted, and it wouldn’t be long before I’d try it for real.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Pam Potzer   (Sep 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    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.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Pete Rogas   (Sep 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    It’s an age-old story: Boy is out having a blast; a young lady (many years younger) tickles his fancy and—wouldn’t you know it—they’re married.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By William Mitchell   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Terrence McGrath   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I became interested in skydiving my senior year in high school after watching a night demo jump into the school’s stadium. I approached the jumper and asked how I could participate.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Spencer Hopp   (Dec 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    Ever since I was a little kid, doctors told me that I would be limited to certain activities because I was born with spina bifida. I never even entertained the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, and anyway, skydiving was something that terrified me. That all would change after going to Skydive Perris in California.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Ryan Bartik   (Jan 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    My brother always talked about going skydiving, so I made the decision to go try it in his memory.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Bob Rhynearson   (Feb 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    Skydiving didn’t really change my life, it was my life. It started at a very young age, even though I didn’t make my first jump from an airplane until I was 18.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Robin Basalla   (Mar 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I have always been shy and introverted. I was a quiet kid, and I grew into an even quieter adult. In college, my introversion escalated into social anxiety.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Jack Flack   (Apr 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    November 2, 1968, was a beautiful clear Saturday. I had just turned 19 and was a 145-pound freshman at the University of Houston when I went to the Galveston Skydivers in Dickinson, 30 miles away.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life By Michael Williams   (Jun 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    Just a few years ago, I felt that my dreams of returning to flying were over. I had gotten my private-pilot license in the ’90s, but life got in the way, so I had not been flying for more than 20 years.

    How Skydiving Changed My Life   (Nov 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life
    Increase Knowledge on Safety Day By Ed Scott   (Mar 2020) Homepage People Gearing Up

    Actions have consequences. So do accidents, especially fatal accidents.

    Indoor Skydiving Organization Emerges By Randy Connell   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    In 2017, when USPA made it clear that indoor skydiving was outside its mandate, it created a vacuum in the world of air sports. The International Bodyflight Association assumed some of the responsibilities for the sport on a temporary basis but didn’t want to assume the mantle in the long run. From this vacuum, U.S. Indoor Skydiving emerged as the new National Aeronautic Association-designated Air Sport Organization that will support the sport in the U.S.

    Jacques-André Istel | D-2 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2021) People Profiles

    Without Jacques-André Istel, the sport of parachuting would not be what it is today.

    Jake Jensen | D-30450 By Brian Giboney   (Mar 2020) People Profiles

    Jake Jensen, D-30450, is a two-time Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Champion and five-time USPA National Champion in vertical formation skydiving with team SDC Core.

    Jared Miller | D-22031 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2020) People Profiles

    Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.

    Jen Domenico | D-22977 by Brian Giboney   (Oct 2017) People Profiles

    Jen Domenico, D-22977, is a women’s world record holder and has been a member of USPA for 21 years. As a big-way skydiver, she coordinated many P3 events with Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld at Skydive Perris in California. She’s also an active 4- and 8-way formation skydiving competitor.

    Jeremy Dubansky | D-33681 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2019) People Profiles

    Jeremy Dubansky is a fun-loving guy who has become a large presence in the Midwestern skydiving scene. He travels extensively to events, has a genuine love of his sky family and helps out jumpers in any way he can.

    Jessica Brownlow | D-30516 By Brian Giboney   (Apr 2021) People Profiles

    “World-record momma” Jessica Brownlow, D-30516, balances family life with skydiving at the highest levels.

    Jim McCormick | D-12379 By Brian Giboney   (May 2019) People Profiles

    Jim McCormick, D-12379, is a big-way and demo skydiver who has earned 15 world records (including the 400-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Formation Skydive) and jumped over the North Pole.

    John Mitchell | D-6462 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2019) People Profiles

    John Mitchell, D-6462, started skydiving in 1974 and has been a positive presence in the sport since the first day he set foot on a DZ. He is a longtime AFF, static-line and tandem instructor and a weekend fun jumper who is always willing to jump with others, regardless of skill or experience.

    Jump for the Rose Shatters Donation Record By Marian Sparks   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call

    Jump for the Rose donated a record-shattering $70,000 to The Rose—a breast-cancer facility that provides healthcare to insured and uninsured men and women—at The Rose’s Christmas party on December 12 in Houston, Texas. Since 2010, Jump for the Rose has raised more than $230,000 for the facility.

    Justin Price | D-24404 By Brian Giboney   (May 2021) People Profiles

    As a camera flyer for Arizona Airspeed for four years and as a canopy piloting competitor, Justin Price, D-24404, has a pile of medals from both national and international events.

    Katie Hansen | D-29694 By Brian Giboney   (Mar 2019) People Profiles

    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.

    Kyle Lobpries | D-33714 By Brian Giboney   (Nov 2021) People Profiles
    Larger Than Life—The 2021 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees By Doug Garr   (Aug 2021) People

    Each year the International Skydiving Museum inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame.

    Larry Yount | D-18792 By Brian Giboney   (May 2020) People Profiles

    Larry Yount, D-18792, was a military jumper who turned into a multi-talented, multi-discipline sport skydiver extraordinaire.

    Leading Workshop Teaches Movement-Jump Skills   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    On November 4, Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher and Luis Prinetto, longtime organizers and coaches with years of experience organizing movement jumps, held a Leading Workshop at Skydive DeLand in Florida. The program gave attendees the tools to make informed decisions when leading and participating in any type of jump in which the jumpers fly away from a single column of air. These include tracking and angle jumps, as well as wingsuit skydives.

    Learning from Incident Reports By Ed Scott   (Apr 2019) Homepage People Gearing Up

    If your words could save a skydiver from injury or worse, would you speak up? Of course you would. In fact, such conversations probably happen every day at DZs everywhere. Whether such discussions occur after a gear check, when reviewing a dive plan or while discussing jump run or winds or a landing pattern, sharing knowledge and correcting misconceptions are a vital part of safe skydiving.

    Letters   (Jul 2018) People Letters

    I truly miss the sport and its inherent camaraderie, but above all, I often think of those whom Tom named and the many close friendships formed during decades of jumping in Southern California.

    Letters   (Aug 2018) People Letters

    We've learned through the years that repeated exposure to high altitudes without supplemental oxygen is dangerous and harmful to humans.

    Letters   (Aug 2018) People Letters

    I certainly hope to see Chas Hines' articles continue, and I encourage every licensed skydiver out there to go take a flying lesson or two, if for no other reason than to appreciate the workload a jump pilot has to endure.

    Letters   (Sep 2018) People Letters

    Wingsuit training is multi-faceted and requires both freedom and flexibility to change with the rapid development of suit design, competition formats and flying styles.

    Letters   (Oct 2018) People Letters

    At the recent USPA Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to give $25,000 per year for the next six years to a yet-to-be-constructed skydiving museum. I am concerned as to why the board voted for this extraordinary amount of skydivers’ dues to be spent in this manner.

    Letters   (Oct 2018) People Letters

    Recently, a well-known drop zone updated its packing pricing schedule as follows:

    Square footage of canopy:

    Sub-100—$6

    100 to 199—$7

    200 to 299—$8

    300-plus—$9

    Letters   (Nov 2018) People Letters

    It appears to be almost mandatory that the person who announces a jump over the radio must garble the name or location.

    Letters   (Nov 2018) People Letters

    I just began my 41st year of skydiving at age 82. I have been current throughout all those years, rarely missing a single month. I once went 34 years and 11 months without a miss until a bicycle crash sidelined me for three months. However, I notice myself becoming more apprehensive every time I drive or fly to the jump center, and I do not know why and wish to stop being that way.

    Letters   (Dec 2018) People Letters

    As trustees of the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, we would like to thank the members of the USPA Board of Directors for their vision in providing continuing support. While USPA and the Museum & Hall of Fame have different purposes, one place where their missions clearly align is in promoting skydiving.

    Letters   (Jan 2019) People Letters

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen very experienced skydivers walking around munching on snacks between jumps with all their gear on but their leg straps hanging straight down instead of being around their legs. It’s the cool look, I guess. But forgetting that last step at the last moment would certainly be fatal, in my humble opinion.

     

    Letters Helmet Effectiveness   (Mar 2019) People Letters

    The following statement in “Incident Reports” in the January 2019 Parachutist stood out to me: "The vast majority of helmets used for skydiving offer very limited head protection." The report further stated that severe trauma is very likely even when wearing a helmet in certain collisions.

    Letters USPA Listens   (Apr 2019) People Letters

    We all know how rigid most organizations and corporations are. Although they say, “We value your feedback,” individual comments rarely go anywhere, and a satisfaction rating just gets tossed into an average for some corporate board meeting. Recently, I wanted to see how USPA reacted to feedback and if it would even change something based on it.

    Letters Not Irvin’s Accomplishment Alone   (Apr 2019) People Letters

    The January issue of Parachutist made a big deal about celebrating 100 years of freefall skydiving and Leslie Irvin’s key role in it. I’m not saying he didn’t play a key role, but a recent article in AOPA Pilot and a letter to the editor in its February issue by Bruce Smith, grandson of James Floyd Smith, suggests there is more to the story.

    Letters Combatting Racial Bias   (Mar 2019) People Letters

    Thank you so much for publishing “We’re Not Here for Tandems” (by Annette O’Neil, February Parachutist). That title alone was eye-opening and impactful. I am proud to see that our organization takes racial (and other discriminatory) issues seriously and is active in working to combat racial bias in our sport. I am a white guy with a black son, and I hope my son grows up to be a skydiver and can be part of Team Blackstar.

    Letters Mental Health Awareness   (Apr 2019) People Letters

    I am very concerned about the conclusions stated in “Incident Reports” in the February issue of Parachutist. Although I agree that nobody should skydive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I find it concerning that so much of the conclusion was dedicated to the issue of the THC content in the jumper’s body when the death was officially ruled a suicide.

    Letters Impact-Rated Helmets   (May 2019) People Letters

    I read your editor’s note in the March Parachutist (“Letters—Helmet Effectiveness”) about there being no standards for skydiving helmets and feel the need to make an observation. Surely, where an organization does not have knowledge about something, then usually it looks around to find someone who does.

    Letters Fired Up   (May 2019) People Letters

    I have been a USPA member since 1969. This month’s cover is the most dramatic photo I’ve seen. I did a double take when I pulled the magazine from my mailbox. Well done to stuntman Eric Salas!

    Letters Interesting Juxtaposition   (May 2019) People Letters

    That’s an awesome cover photo (March Parachutist) of Eric Salas’ flaming canopy! Really gets your attention. But I was calmed and reassured when I saw your full-page ad “Safety Day is March 9” on the very next page. Does this mean you no longer recommend things such as smoking while jumping? (Didn’t we tell you not to carry lithium batteries in flight? But carry a fire extinguisher at all times. And no flare guns allowed when competing with other stacks.)

    Letters Not Impressed   (Jun 2019) People Letters

    I’m guessing that most readers were impressed by the flaming canopy on the cover of the March Parachutist, but I’m not one of them. It’s hard for me to believe that you’d sanction this kind of lunacy, especially on the cover of the Safety Day issue! But hey, that’s just me.

    Letters Classic Accuracy Memories   (Jun 2019) People Letters

    While reading the March magazine, I noticed that the Collegiates will no longer include classic accuracy. It’s a passing. It made me recall when, a few years ago, the U.S. Army Parachute Team leadership got out of classic. I also remembered when those APT guys set all kinds of accuracy records. At least classic is still pretty strong in Europe.

    Letters Social Media and Skydiving   (Jun 2019) People Letters

    Today’s fast-paced communication has changed the way we view our world and ourselves. To receive a million views or thousands of followers or thousands of likes seems to be a top priority. And people need to come up with original ideas faster than ever to stay ahead of the pack. But what happens when these ideas or stunts break the law or violate safety policies or jeopardize our sport?

    Letters Reporting Non-Fatal Incidents   (Jun 2019) People Letters

    Thank you, Ed Scott, for your “Gearing Up” in April’s Parachutist. We need to report our incidents so we can understand potential problems and deal with them early. Our personal influence on safety can have an overall impact of reducing injuries in the sport. It isn’t the rules; it’s the behaviors. With the fatality rate being less than 1 per 100,000, we need to focus on near misses. Incident reporting increases our opportunity to get ahead of our injuries and fatalities.

    Letters A Reality We Can Achieve   (Jul 2019) People Letters

    Hats off to Jim Crouch’s article “A Record Low—the 2018 Fatality Summary” (April Parachutist). Crouch’s article points out the significance of the fatality index rate being at its lowest ever in our sport: one in 254,000 jumps (or 0.39 per 100,000 jumps).

    Letters A Better Way   (Jul 2019) People Letters

    I don’t understand why you’re reversing the standard aviation placement of numerator and denominator, and I would urge you to adopt that standard.

    Letters Sharing Our Stories   (Jul 2019) People Letters

    Your appeal for us to share our [malfunction or accident] stories with a larger audience (“Gearing Up” by Executive Director Ed Scott, April Parachutist) not only resonates, it makes sense.

    Letters The Importance of DZ Briefings   (Jul 2019) People Letters

    I have always made a point to get a DZ safety briefing about local hazards like power lines, highways, water hazards and irritable farmers whenever going to a new place

    Letters Thin Air   (Aug 2019) People Letters

    Thank you very much for the wonderful and informative article and interview of Dr. Anna Hicks by Annette O’Neil (“Thin Air—Busting Lingering Myths About Hypoxia,” May 2019 Parachutist). It is indeed very important to inform our fellow skydivers about the risks of hypoxia.

    Letters A Coincidence   (Sep 2019) People Letters

    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.

    Letters Aircraft-Incident Statistics   (Sep 2019) People Letters

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

    Letters Maximizing Enjoyment of Record Attempts   (Oct 2019) People Letters

    In the beginning, we all wanted to be great flyers. We can recall many jumps when we weren’t. We wanted to set state records, and we remember when they were hard or didn’t happen.

    Letters Veteran Pride   (Oct 2019) People Letters

    Thank you so much for your article, “Saluting the Heroes of D-Day” (August Parachutist). I come from a long line of military volunteers, as does my wife.

    Letters RSL Issues   (Oct 2019) People Letters

    In “Incident Reports” in the August issue, the third incident states, “Both canopies fully deployed and went into a downplane. The student immediately cut away the main, which remained trailing behind him attached by the reserve static line.”

    Letters Thought for the Day   (Oct 2019) People Letters

    Practicing cutaways in a hanging harness is a great exercise. However, it’s not perfect.

    Letters Jump Aircraft Safety   (Nov 2019) People Letters

    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.

    Letters Sports Camera Safety   (Jan 2020) People Letters

    Every day, Safety and Training Advisors see skydivers walking to the plane wearing cameras that are not protected from catching a line.

    Letters Membership Card Disappointment   (Jan 2020) People Letters

    The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

    Letters Leveling the Playing Field   (Feb 2020) People Letters

    As an experienced skydiver, I’ve competed in 4-way [formation skydiving] in the advanced class at Nationals multiple times.

    Letters This is a Sport?   (Mar 2020) People Letters

    The 50th anniversary of my first jump is next month and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch the 1969 film “This is a Sport?” that you included in the recent USPA Update!

    Letters D-Valuation   (Jul 2020) People Letters

    The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.

    Letters How to Count   (Jul 2020) People Letters

    Should jumpers who die inside skydiving aircraft be counted as skydiving fatalities?

    Making It Through Together By Ed Scott   (May 2020) Homepage People Gearing Up

    In no wild nightmare could I have conceived that a virus would ground skydiving and, indeed, shut down the world.

    Marylou Laughlin | D-12418 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2019) People Profiles

    Marylou Laughlin, D-12418, started skydiving in 1988 and soon became heavily involved in competition, first as a competitor, then as a judge.

    Matthew Teetshorn Earns D-40000!   (Mar 2021) People
    Max Cohn | D-20252 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2020) People Profiles

    Max Cohn, D-20252, made a name for himself in the 1990s as an East Coast freefly talent when most of the evolution of the discipline was occurring in the West and in Florida.

    Memoirs and Documentary Address D.B. Cooper Case   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    Two memoirs—“D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend” by Carl Laurin and “Getting the Truth: I Am D.B. Cooper” by Joe Koenig—and the documentary film “D.B. Cooper: The Real Story” assert that military parachutist and convicted criminal Walter Reca, who died in 2014, was the 1971 hijacker known as D.B. Cooper.

    Michael Kearns | D-16816 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

    Michael Kearns, D-16816, began jumping in 1976 while in the military. He made more than 200 special operations jumps in 14 countries, including night jumps wearing tactical gear, and also became involved in sport skydiving.

    Mike Bohn | D-28398 By Brian Giboney   (Dec 2018) People Profiles

    Mike Bohn, D-28398, is a world-class freefly competitor, drop zone owner and AFF instructor. He’s a high-energy person who has medaled in freefly both nationally and internationally with his teammates on Team FLO. Bohn organizes state record jumps in Colorado, and also holds numerous world records.

    Mike Brewer | D-33350 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2020) People Profiles

    Mike Brewer, D-33350, is a skydiving filmmaker, instructor and organizer who has a huge international presence as a part of Kinetic, an organization comprised of creative athletes dedicated to exploring the world together.

    NAA Updates FAI Sporting License Process   (Oct 2018) Homepage People Five Minute Call

    The National Aeronautic Association updated its process for issuing Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Sporting Licenses, which anyone participating in an FAI World Championship, World Cup or World Record must hold. Applicants must apply for their sporting licenses and pay their fees electronically at naa.aero/membership/membership-application. Processing time is five business days.

    Nancy Koreen | D-18240 By Brian Giboney   (Dec 2020) People Profiles

    Nancy Koreen, D-18240, is a world-record-setting skydiver and freefly load organizer with more than 9,800 jumps to her credit. She has also worked behind the scenes to promote skydiving in myriad ways, rarely taking any credit.

    Nearly Perfect Weather Greets Invasion Attendees By Karen Woolem   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call

    There was something noticeably different about the December 27-January 1 Invasion boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida this year: the weather! It was phenomenal. With temperatures in the 80s, it was easy to forget it was the middle of winter. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sebastian if there wasn’t at least one minor cloud hold, but the weather gods got that out of the way on the morning of the first day. And the organizers made the most of the short hold by providing seminars in the packing area.

    Newest Spaceland DZ Hosts Bush Tribute Jump By Sam King   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    December 8 dawned chilly and gray at Skydive Spaceland–San Marcos in Fentress, Texas, the newest location in the Spaceland family of drop zones. Twenty-two jumpers gathered for a weekend of fun and challenging formation skydives deep in the heart of Texas. (Yes, where the stars at night are big and bright.) Led by caffeine-fueled organizers Scott Latinis and Mark Pharr, the participants were ready for some awesome skydives! DZ Manager Thomas Hughes gave a speech welcoming everyone to Spaceland San Marcos, and the jumpers excitedly prepared for the first jump.

    Noah Watts | D-28514 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2021) People Profiles
    Olav Zipser | D-11733 by Brian Giboney   (Jun 2015) Homepage People Profiles

    Olav Zipser spearheaded the freefly revolution of the early 1990s. He, along with a group of jumpers known as the Freefly Clowns, pioneered head-down skydiving and freeflying as we know it today. Zipser founded the Space Games freefly competition and has earned numerous championships and records, as well as an Emmy award for his work on ESPN’s “X-Games.” He has traveled extensively for decades teaching jumpers all over the world his art of freeflying, and his students say he has a Zen-like presence in the sky.

    Once Upon a Time There Was a Movie Called “The Gypsy Moths”   (Aug 2017) People Tales from the Bonfire

    In 1964, I launched my magazine, DZ-USA, to promote the sport and contribute something other than doomsday predictions at a time when the man on the street viewed a parachutist as a daredevil looking for a place to die. In that same year, I was invited to appear on “The Joey Bishop Show” in Hollywood to represent the sport. There, I met John Frankenheimer, who was promoting his movie “Grand Prix,” and Lyle Cameron, who produced Skydiver magazine. John was very interested in what Lyle and I had to say about the sport. He stated that he’d always wanted to make a movie about it and would contact us if a future project came up.

    Once When I was James Bond's Stunt Double By B.J. Worth   (Dec 2018) People Tales from the Bonfire

    There was not enough room in the October issue’s “Profile” of B.J. Worth by Brian Giboney to include this anecdote, so we are printing it here. Worth was responding to Giboney’s question, “What’s your best bonfire story about being James Bond’s stunt double?”

    Opening Shock By William Grut   (Aug 2020) People Letters

    The recent accident-statistics report—“Non-Fatal Incidents Summary” by Ron Bell in the May issue of Parachutist—was interesting and prompts me to bring up, once again, the problems of opening  shock.

    Overdue Dues Increase   (Sep 2017) People Gearing Up

    For eight years, five months and counting, USPA members have enjoyed the longest run ever without a dues increase. That streak will end on January 1, when USPA dues and rating and license fees go up an average of 20 percent. No one on the staff or the board takes such action lightly, and both should be commended for making the 2009 dues change last as long as possible.

    Pablo Hernandez | D-29869 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2020) People Profiles

    Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

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    Paul "Pop" Poppenhager | D-47 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2016) Homepage People Profiles Industry News

    Longtime Florida drop zone owner and instructor Paul “Pop” Poppenhager, D-47, was born in June 1934 and became interested in skydiving at a young age while watching his father jump at airshows.

    Paul Herrick | D-6835 | Jupiter, Florida How Skydiving Changed My Life   (Nov 2017) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    In 1962, on a demo for a company picnic—a water jump in Palm Beach, Florida—I was nearly arrested by the Secret Service for "trying to assassinate President Kennedy." As an aeronautical engineer at Area 51, I volunteered to test eject from the Mach-3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane in June of 1964. (Lockheed, the Air Force and the CIA turned down my offer.) My crop-duster tow plane caught fire and was out of control and going down in flames when I bailed out at 700 feet and landed in a tree next to the forest fire started by my crashed airplane.

    PIA Establishes Mentor Award   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    The Parachute Industry Association recently announced that it established a new award, the PIA Mentor Award, to recognize people in the parachute industry who have contributed to the knowledge and skill sets of others in a classroom environment, through seminars or by performing on-the-job or individual training. The PIA Awards Committee will approve up to 10 recipients per year for the award. Recipients may receive the award—an engraved medallion in a presentation box— at any skydiving or parachute industry event from any PIA member in good standing. Those interested in nominating a mentor for this award can find the nomination form and additional information about the award at pia.com in the Standard Operating Procedures document in the Public Documents tab.

    PIA Recognizes Former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch   (May 2021) People Homepage USPA

    In a May 18 press release, Mike Beck, chair of the Parachute Industry Association Awards Committee, announced that the organization has selected former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Couch to receive the 2019 PIA Distinguished Leadership Award. 

    Pioneer Jerry Bourquin Passes Away   (Feb 2021) Homepage People Industry News
    Planning the Jump, Jumping the Plan Photos by Tim Parrant of Team Alter Ego   (Jun 2021) People Features
    POPS Updates Website and Increases Membership Dues   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    On January 1, the Parachutists Over Phorty Society launched an updated version of its U.S. website at pops-usa.com (which jumpers can also access by clicking on the American flag at thepops.org). The organization is going green, and members can now correspond with POPS and access all forms and applications online.

    POPS Women Set Records at Eloy By James Davis   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call

    The temperature was chilly but hearts were warm as women from the Parachutists Over Phorty Society met on December 22 to set records during the Skydive Arizona Christmas Boogie in Eloy. During the one-day event, the women set numerous POPS records, including the Tiny Broadwick Memorial POPS World Record for Largest Five-Point Formation Skydive with a 12-way.

    Public-use Airport Numbers Decline By Ed Scott   (Nov 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

    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.

    Remembering Ray Capa Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Oct 2020) People Five Minute Call

    Nineteen jumpers do one last jump with their friend, Ray Capa, C-17275, releasing his ashes over the skies of Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Return to the Center of the World—The 2021 Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion   (May 2021) People

    During the weekend of March 4-7, many of the earliest pioneers of sport parachuting converged in Felicity, California, for yet another grand reunion.

    Rhythm Launches 4-Way FS App   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    Formation skydiving team SDC Rhythm XP recently launched a new 4-way FS app, Rhythm Skydiving 401, for iPhone and Android operating systems. The comprehensive tool is suitable for novices, as well as the hardcore 4-way FS junkie.

    Rich Grimm | D-18890 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2019) People Profiles

    Rich Grimm, D-18890, started skydiving in 1980. He has been a competitor and a DZO, but he’s best known for being the creator, facilitator and organizer of epic international boogies in exotic locations.

    Riding Across Virginia for the U.S. Parachute Team By USPA Executive Director Albert Berchtold   (Jun 2021) People

    I was about to ride 533 miles across Virginia—west along the Potomac River, then through the mountains to the famous red caboose in Damascus in the southwest corner of the state. It would be a multi-day ride with 33,000 feet of climbing. My stomach had butterflies.

    Sammy Vassilev | D-19270 By Brian Giboney   (Dec 2019) People Profiles

    Sammy Vassilev began jumping in 1989 in Bulgaria, where he grew up around the sport. (His mother was a world champion.) He moved to the United States in 1991 and immediately began having an impact on the sport here as a talented skysurfer and camera flyer.

    SIS Members Go to Camp By Chazi Blacksher   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call

    With the support of Larsen & Brusgaard, event organizers Amy Benton and Chazi Blacksher of the Working Girls brought together a party of 85 jumpers to learn and laugh at Camp Yahawannafly (yeah-I-want-to-fly), a Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy January 25-27. They kicked off the event with an evening huck jam at the SkyVenture Arizona wind tunnel on Thursday, the day before official check-in.

    Six PAC Photo by Jason Waller | D-26672   (Feb 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Jumpers (clockwise from top left) Eric Bjorn, Mark Dorminey, Alan Stephenson, Trixie Stephenson, Nuno Merino and J.D. Colley successfully launch a 6-way chunk out of a PAC 750XL over Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

    Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!   (Jul 2019) People Five Minute Call

    The National Aeronautic Association selected the four-point 42-way head-down world record as one of its most memorable aviation records of 2018. The skydivers set the record on June 30 over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 33 set in 2014.

    Skydiving Fatalities Hit Historic Low By Ed Scott   (Feb 2019) Homepage People Gearing Up

    How safe is skydiving? Very safe? Somewhat safe? Not safe at all? Safety experts will say that the question really is, “What is skydiving’s level of safety?” or in other words, “What is the level of risk?” Even then, we must focus the question more to ask, “Risk of what? Death? Injury?”

    Sonya Higley | D-29840 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2021) People Profiles
    Stewart McArthur | D-24588 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2021) People Profiles

    Stewart McArthur, D-24588, is a British skydiver who now lives in the U.S. Since his first jump on Halloween Day in 1989, he has racked up a wide variety of skydiving and aviation accomplishments.

    Stranger (DZ) Danger   (Apr 2017) People Tales from the Bonfire

    At the 2015 Turkey Meet at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, my canopy collapsed at 20 feet as I was coming in on final. I broke the fibula at my left ankle and dislocated and fractured my tibia. The abrupt plunge also caused intense fear and anxiety about skydiving. Mechanical turbulence caused the accident: I landed close to the hangar and the wind rolling over it and into the landing area collapsed my parachute.

    Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2019) People Profiles

    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.

    T.J. Hine | D-13580 by Brian Giboney   (Nov 2017) People Profiles

    T. J. Hine started skydiving in 1985, and his love for the sport and its people continues today. A well-known formation skydiver at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, Hine has set many state, national and world big-way records and has medaled in 8-way and 10-way at the USPA Nationals. As one of his colleagues said, “T. J. has always balanced his work and his passion for skydiving. His longevity and enthusiasm in the sport inspire many to keep going.”

    Tales From the Bonfire By Pat Moorehead   (Jul 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

    I was a late starter when it came to skydiving. I began at age 37 in 1969 when several of my firefighter buddies and I were watching our 10-inch black-and-white TV in the station and saw a program about skydiving at Skylark Airport in Lake Elsinore, California. “What the heck,” we said.

    Tales from the Bonfire By Hunter Goldman   (Dec 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

    We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at Skydive Pepperell. Paula, Devin, my father and I have grown as people and as skydivers together. Needless to say, we are family!

    Tales from the Bonfire By Ed Kruse   (Feb 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

    In 1962, I was in winter training with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Chuting Stars, in El Centro, California. One day, we were quite surprised to see Jacques-André Istel, president of the Parachute Club of America (USPA’s predecessor organization), arrive in his shiny new Cessna 182.

    Tales from the Bonfire By Luke Daly   (May 2021) People
    Tales from the Bonfire | A Scar I Can’t Show Anyone   (Oct 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire
    Tales from the Bonfire | Flying Backwards, PLF, Explosion By Sandy Harper-Calliham   (Dec 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire
    Tales from the Bonfire | Go Visit Your Friends By Dan Gingold   (Jun 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

    In February, I survived a low-altitude canopy collision with another parachutist while skydiving at a busy drop zone in Southern California. We wrapped and came spinning down to crash land on an RV supply parts warehouse. I punched a hole through the roof and was knocked unconscious, yet miraculously, the worst injury I suffered was a badly broken wrist. The other jumper hit a second or two after me and broke two ribs.

    Tales from the Bonfire | Musings on the PLF By Yan Wolfson   (Jul 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

    It was a beautiful spring morning at my beloved DZ, Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. The air was cool and crisp, and the sky was cloudless. I was doing wingsuit hop-and-pops from 10,000 feet with the hope of generating interest in this new-at-the-time discipline.

    Tales from the Bonfire | My Date with Destiny   (Sep 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire
    Tales From the Bonfire | The Fog By Jerry Lehnherr   (Aug 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

    I had worn an open-face helmet with goggles for many years, but after starting to wear glasses, I decided to get a full-face helmet that could accommodate them. I used this helmet on skydives and in the tunnel for more than a year before I had any problems.

    Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Jun 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

    Tales from the Bonfire | Trapped by the Door By Brian LeSchander   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    No s**t , there we were, thought we were gonna die. Fortunately, after 45 years of skydiving, I only have a few stories that begin like this.

    Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling By Kevin Gibson   (Sep 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.

    Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway By Mark Perry   (Jul 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    My second jump of the day, an 8-way formation skydive, was uneventful until I tracked away and pulled.

    Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead By Rick Thues   (Aug 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    I was in a 2-way with my good friend (in freefall, OK?). She had only 100 jumps, and I had more than 2,000.

    Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story By Bill Booth   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

    After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

    Tales from the Bonfire—57 Balloons By Kevin Walsh   (Jun 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

    It was 8 a.m. on the first day of the year 1984. I was a young guy outside a hangar in Stow, Massachusetts, hooked into a 151-foot-tall tower of helium balloons that I called “Aprealis.”

    Ten-Way Speed Makes a Comeback By Jim McCormick   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call

    One of the classic forms of formation skydiving competition is experiencing renewed popularity. Ten-way speed—in which 10 jumpers work to build a formation in the shortest time—is making a comeback. The DC-3 10-Way Speed Money Meet, hosted by Skydive Arizona in Eloy during the last weekend in December, is an indication of the new energy surrounding the discipline.

    The Cheststrap   (Mar 2017) People Tales from the Bonfire

    It was the seventh jump of the day for our newly formed and unnamed 4-way formation skydiving team. A normal jump on a normal training day. It was the scariest jump I’ve ever been on.

    The First 75 A Parachutist Special Section   (Jul 2021) People

    In 1946, when legendary exhibition jumper Joe Crane founded National Parachute Jumper-Riggers Inc., he brought with him a licensing system for parachutists that he had earlier originated.

    The Fun Life of a TV Anchor By Arch Deal   (Feb 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

    “Every man dies, but not every man really lives,” is a quote from the movie “Braveheart” but could easily apply to the group of friends I have been honored to know and perform with in this perhaps strange but compellingly thrilling sport.

    The Growth of the AAD Fund   (Nov 2017) People Gearing Up

    USPA’s Airport Access and Defense Fund started in 1991 with the primary purpose of helping DZs fight governmental decisions that unfairly or illegally interfere with or negate skydiving operations on airports. As it has been from the start, one condition of using the fund is that winning the battle would set national precedent so that other DZs and skydiving in general derive future benefit. The AAD Fund is entirely dependent on donations from skydivers, who give about $20,000 annually. The fund has now grown to just over $344,000. 

    Think About Your Vote by Ed Scott   (Oct 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

    This is the month for you and other USPA members to select those 22 members who will serve on USPA’s board of directors and determine the association’s direction for the next three years. In this issue of Parachutist, you’ll find the election instructions and a ballot.

    Threat to our Airspace   (Aug 2017) People Gearing Up

    With proposed air-traffic-control privatization, skydiving—and indeed all of general aviation—is facing the gravest threat to its longevity and future than ever before. If the 21st Century AIRR Act, otherwise known as H.R. 2997, goes through the U.S. Congress and the president signs it into law, it would carve the ATC function out of the Federal Aviation Administration and hand it to a new private corporation funded by new aviation user fees.

    Tim Mattson | D-15587 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2021) People Profiles

    Tim Mattson started skydiving in 1991 and soon got involved in freefly, which was just emerging as a discipline. By 1997 he was traveling the globe on the SSI Pro Tour with team MadStyle.

    Trashing the Place Photo by Juan Mayer   (Feb 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Photo by Juan Mayer|D-26130

    Rashid Abdullah and Michael Sean Washburn of the SkyTrash wingsuit team train at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    Travis Mills | D-27249 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2019) People Profiles

    Travis Mills, D-27249, is a world-class canopy pilot who flies competitively for the PD Factory Team and is a canopy coach for Flight-1. He is also talented in freefall and has been on numerous world-record-setting big-way jumps and medaled in freestyle and vertical formation skydiving at the world championships. The most recent of his many accomplishments are winning the first meet and taking silver overall at the two-meet 2018 Swoop Freestyle World Championships and taking bronze overall at the 2018 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals.

    USPA Accepting Service Award Nominations   (Apr 2019) Homepage People Five Minute Call Membership Services

    The USPA Membership Services Committee is currently seeking nominations for three of its service awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award (a maximum of one recipient annually), the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service (up to three recipients annually) and the Regional Achievement Award (up to five recipients annually).

    USPA Achieves Milestone by Ed Scott   (Aug 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

    USPA achieved a milestone—40,000 current members!

    USPA Bids Farewell to Jim Crouch By Ed Scott   (Dec 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

    On October 31, Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch spent his last day as an employee of USPA and moved on to other challenges in the aviation industry.

    USPA Group Member DZs: Renew Before March 31!   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    All USPA Group Memberships expire March 31. U.S. drop zones that have not already submitted renewal applications should do so as soon as possible. After March 31, USPA will remove any non-renewing Group Member’s listing from Parachutist and the USPA website. If a DZ renews after membership has lapsed, it may take several months for the listing to reappear in the magazine due to publication deadlines and print cycles. USPA mailed renewal packets to Group Members in mid-January. DZs that have not yet received a packet should contact the Group Membership department at groupmembers@uspa.org as soon as possible.

    USPA involvement with Wind Tunnel Industry   (Oct 2017) People Gearing Up

    At its July meeting, USPA’s board of directors approved a resolution that, eff ective November 1, USPA “will not use association resources to support the sport of ‘indoor skydiving,’ except to nominate international judges to such IPC [International Parachuting Commission] events as appropriate. USPA will seek to encourage, foster and cooperate with any emerging national governing body for tunnel flying.” As a result, effective next month, USPA is officially out of the wind-tunnel business. 

    USPA Issues A-100000 to Jeff Huang   (Aug 2021) People Membership Services
    USPA Makes Donation by Ed Scott   (Sep 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

     Imagine a place that captures all of our sport’s exciting and dynamic history, where jumpers and non-jumpers alike can see the evolution of skydiving and the many facets of its rich and storied past. That’s the dream of the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame, which the late USPA Executive Director Emeritus William H. Ottley conceived decades ago.

    USPA Protects Member Data By Ed Scott   (Mar 2019) Homepage People Gearing Up

    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.

    V for Veterans Photo by Tripp Schwab | D-33111   (Jan 2020) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    On November 11, participants in the Arizona Airspeed 40-Way Sequentials event hosted by Niklas Hemlin and Team Elite’s Guy Wright at Skydive Arizona in Eloy build a “V” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

    V is for Veterans Day By ShawnaRae Miliano   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

    Veterans Day is a time to thank those who have served our country through military service. So, on a brisk, sunny Veterans Day weekend in November at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Team Elite and Arizona Airspeed joined forces for an invitational 42-way sequential skydiving event that paid tribute to those who have risked life and limb for their country. Organizers Niklas Hemlin and Guy Wright and skydivers from all over the world enjoyed early morning takeoffs, great vibes and extra altitude to accomplish their celebratory jumps.

    Vicki Dillon | B-24860 | Menands, New York How Skydiving Changed My Life   (Sep 2017) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

    I frequently said that for my 50th birthday, I wanted to make a skydive. Just before my 48th birthday, my son, who had recently achieved his A license, said, “Mom, don’t wait. You are going to love it.” A few weeks later I took my first jump and knew I was going to do more.

    Widgery Introduces Gum Aimed at Skydivers and Pilots   (Mar 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    Apollo Brands CEO Troy Widgery, who founded the successful Go Fast energy drink brand, recently introduced Fly Gum, a spearmint gum with a liquid caffeinated core. The gum is aimed at skydivers, pilots and travelers who are looking for a portable, fast energy source. Fly Gum retails for about $5 for a five-piece pack and is available at airports, gear stores and online at flyenergygum.com.

    Will Kitto | D-33634 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

    Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.

    Wingsuit Progression Part Four: Making It Back Alive And Well By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Sep 2018) Homepage People Features

    Wingsuit flying is complicated and requires a significant amount of training, education, practice and dedication. It isn’t something you can just do a little here and there and still do it well. It deserves respect and your full attention. Your life is on the line, along with the lives of others. A wingsuit skydive presents many opportunities to make fatal errors. And don’t kid yourself about the risks to others: If you mess up in this sport, you can kill someone. It has happened before.

    Manuals

    Forms

    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Evaluations Forms PDF (fillable)   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Forms PDF   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    A-License Proficiency Card (1 page) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    A-License Progression Card (ISP; 2 pages) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: B-D License PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: Canopy Formation Award PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Application: Judge Rating PDF   (May 2015) Forms Judge Rating
    Application: PRO Rating & High Performance Endorsement PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Application: Tenure Award PDF   (Apr 2010) Forms Awards
    Application: USPA Membership & Rating Renewal PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Application: Wings & Badges Awards PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card PDF   (Sep 2019) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Demo Insurance Application and Notification Form PDF   (Nov 2020) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Incident Report Form PDF   (Apr 2019) Forms Incident Report
    Initial Application as a Foreign Affiliate Group Member (Non-U.S. Only) PDF   (Apr 2019) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for College Clubs (U.S. Only) PDF   (Oct 2021) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for Group Membership (U.S. Only) PDF   (Feb 2020) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Proficiency Card: AFF Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Coach Rating PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Examiner PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: IAD/SL Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Military Transition PDF   (Sep 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Proficiency Card: Tandem Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    S&TA Waiver Form PDF   (Apr 2018) Downloads Forms Waivers
    Waiver Request PDF   (Nov 2019) Downloads Waivers

    USPA Meeting Minutes

    BOD 2021 Summer Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2021 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2021 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Summer Meeting PDF   (Dec 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2016 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2016 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2016 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2015 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    2014 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2014 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2014 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2013 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2013 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2013 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2012 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2012 Summer Meeting PDF   (Aug 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2012 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2011 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2011 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2011 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2010 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2010 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2010 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2009 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2009 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2009 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2008 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2008 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Apr 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2008 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2007 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2007 General Membership Meeting PDF   (May 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2007 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2006 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Nov 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2006 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2006 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2005 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2005 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2005 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2004 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2004 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2004 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2003 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2003 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2003 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005
    BOD 2000 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2000) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005

    Miscellaneous

    2013 DOT Opinion on Taxes PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers   (Dec 2019)

    On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.

    After-market Tandem Risers MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP   (Sep 2020)

    PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.

    Article: 9/11 Aftermath Report PDF   (Aug 2016)
    Article: Angle Flying PDF   (Nov 2015)
    Article: Ches Judy Award PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Article: Gear Fear PDF   (Sep 2015)
    Article: Landing in a Tree PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Article: Safety in Numbers PDF   (Jan 2011)
    Article: The RSL PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Article: Water Landings PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient LINK   (Mar 2020)
    Dermody Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Dunn Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    DZO Memo PDF   (Jul 2012)
    FAA AC 105-2E PDF   (Dec 2013)
    FAA AC 90-66B CHG 1 PDF   (Feb 2019)
    FAA Airworthiness Directive for certain UPT reserve pin covers PDF   (Apr 2021)

    The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    FAA Proposal (07/03/12) PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Flight Planner   (Jan 2019)
    Huerta Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Insurance Policy Summary   (Mar 2021)
    ISP Grid PDF   (May 2012)
    Parachute Landing Area Update PDF   (Aug 2012)
    Skydiving Makes the Perfect Experience Gift   (Dec 2019)

    It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.

    Strong Enterprises Issues Service Bulletin for Tandem Drogue PDF   (Apr 2021)

    Strong Enterprises issued Service Bulletin #35 mandating inspection of the 3-ring attachment on tandem drogues manufactured between June 22, 2020, and February 2, 2021 whose last three digits of the serial numbers between 625 and 714. Status is MANDATORY. Compliance is IMMEDIATE – before the next jump.

    USPA Hangar Policy Comments PDF   (Jun 2016)
    Wingsuit Instructor Draft PDF   (Sep 2012)