Each year, the National Aeronautic Association selects what it considers aviation's most memorable records from the previous year and honors those records at an event near Washington, D.C.
"In his four-year tenure, Randy has elevated USPA's stature in the world arena of skydiving competition and records," said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott. "We thank him and wish him well."
Tony Bardell of the Seattle Sky Divers, flying alongside in Jack Ady's PT-22, shot this sequence of some of the Seattle bunch nonchalantly departing a Howard on floats.
by Ed Scott
Melinda Ray was a 35-year-old wife and mother of three who was suffering from a disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She didn’t score high on the transplant list to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor; she had to find a living donor. She was desperate.
USPA recently promoted Stephanie Seidel to become director of its Membership Services department, the department of five that has the most interaction with USPA members.
By Annette O’Neil
Operation Enduring Warrior Helps Combat-Wounded Veterans Take Flight
Skydiving Makes a Difference: A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities
by Riley Marshall
Hey you, reading this … can you define the term “MARD”? Do you know what it does, how it works and what distinguishes it from similar systems? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are not alone! As it turns out, jumper knowledge of MARD systems is surprisingly marginal. (Or should we say, MARDginal?)
by Jessica Haugaard
It is just before 7 a.m. at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. Sergeant Kyle Pratt, smartly dressed in a black flight suit with the words “U.S. Army Parachute Team” embroidered in gold on his back, glances up at the C31A Fokker aircraft positioned 25 meters in front of him.
by Axis Flight School
Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.
A Parachutist Pictorial
From February 10-20, Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies treated 127 participants from around the world to an experience they’ll never forget: the Boogie in Belize. The event included accommodations and nightly parties on Ambergris Caye, four days of jumping on a nearby private island and four days of intentional water landings into the Great Blue Hole (a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean Sea near Belize City).
The action calls worked and it now appears that the needed FAA funding bill will pass without changes to the structure of air traffic control. “Once again, we thank our members who made the calls in defense of skydiving’s airspace needs,” said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott.
This proposal would pull ATC out of the FAA and move it to the U.S. Department of Transportation, where a new Management Advisory Council, populated with airline interests, would serve as the ATC board of directors.
Advanced Aerospace Designs has released a Public Service Bulletin PSB-01-2018, regarding certain Vigil II and Vigil 2+ Automatic Activation Devices. The bulletin provides instructions for updating the firmware of affected units that can generate an error code during high-altitude jumps above 27,000 feet. Compliance is mandatory before any jump made from 27,000 feet, or higher, or by no later than May, 2020 for those with affected units who are not making any high altitude jumps.
A celebration of life for Larry K. Bagley has been scheduled for June 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.