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At Skydive Lake Wales in Florida, canopy formation skydivers Chris Gay, Scott Lazarus, Ihab Mahmoud and Greg Meadows make a triple flag jump.  

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USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes
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USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes

The USPA Board of Directors held its final meeting of the three-year term July 13-15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read more to see the meeting highlights.

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A Salute To All Instructors
Gearing Up | July 2018

A Salute To All Instructors

by Ed Scott

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

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Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits
Features | July 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits

by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

The subject of wingsuit exits—specifically, in what order wingsuit flyers should exit and how to conduct the exits—seems to cause a lot of confusion and worry among wingsuit flyers themselves, as well as other jumpers at the DZ. Much of this confusion and worry can be resolved by simply doing a little pre-planning before boarding the aircraft.  

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American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | July 2018

American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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How to Buy a Used Main Canopy
Features | July 2018

How to Buy a Used Main Canopy

by Hollie-Blue Allum of Performance Designs

Canopy manufacturer Performance Designs would love it if every time you needed a canopy you'd buy a brand-spanking-new one. Of course, that's not always possible, and without a doubt there are some great deals on used parachutes in the marketplace. Many people choose to buy used, especially for their first or second sets of gear. If you do choose to buy used equipment, particularly a main canopy, you’ll need to do your homework.

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Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes
Keep An Eye Out | July 2018

Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes

by Jim Crouch

After landing, a jumper set his brakes and left the rig for a packer. The packer noticed that the jumper had stowed the left brake incorrectly by placing the toggle through the cat’s eye above the metal guide ring, which will not secure the brake line. The brake line would have released during deployment and resulted in a spinning main parachute if the other brake remained stowed. This common packing error is easily preventable by paying attention and stowing your brakes correctly.

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Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly
Foundations of Flight | July 2018

Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly

By Axis Flight School

Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

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.

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Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?
Features | July 2018

Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?

by Steven Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Competing  in  4-way  formation  skydiving  can  be  a  lot  of  fun  and  also  very  challenging.  It’s  the  kind  of  sport  you  can  enjoy  casually  on  the weekend  or  devote  your  life  to  (like  the  members  of  SDC  Rhythm  XP  do)! If  you’re  thinking  of  participating,  you’ll  first  need  to  learn  a  little about  the  formations  and  the  five  positions  on  the  team.

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Message of Peace
Features | August 2018

Message of Peace

by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion.

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The Front Office | June 2018

The Front Office | Becoming A Jump Pilot

Chas Hines | C-41147

Welcome to the front office! This new bimonthly column will take you behind the scenes of jump piloting to give you insight into the job and why your pilots do what they do. Author Chas Hines, C-41147, is an airline pilot and certified flight instructor who spent five years as a jump pilot at various drop zones. He has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time, 500 of those instructing other pilots. He’s also been skydiving for 13 years and has more than 1,500 jumps. He can often be found load organizing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. 

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Hubbard Named Director Of Competition And Records
Five Minute Call | July 2018

Hubbard Named Director Of Competition And Records

By USPA Staff

In May, USPA promoted Steve Hubbard to director of the competition and records department, which is responsible for the USPA National Championships, the U.S. Parachute Team, competitive events and skydiving records.

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Automatic Openers - June 1968
Homepage | June 1968

Automatic Openers - June 1968

By Gary Patmor, D-720

By Gary Patmor | D-720

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June 1968
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June 1968

Para-Gear Equipment Ad

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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training
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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training

"Over 18 years, through profound changes in skydiving equipment, procedures, and methods of instruction, Jim has worked hard to produce the dramatic decline in serious accidents in our sport."

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June 1968
Photos | June 1968

June 1968

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Navy photographer Dale Hyder, who was stationed in Hawaii in June of 1968, captured this colorful composition of canopies at the Kanuia DZ where he frequently jumped. Hyder obviously had a passion for photography but was also an active skydiver who qualified to compete in the 1968 Nationals. 

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