Photo by Thomas Grana | D-34640
At the Highlight Skydiving Team’s training camp at Meadow Peak Skydiving in Marion, Montana, to prepare for countrywide demos commemorating the anniversary of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Keri Bell swoops by her teammates during a photo shoot coordinated by photographer David Wybenga.
Parachutes are beginning to disappear … or, more accurately, the word “parachute” is beginning to fade from use to describe our sport, replaced by the word “skydiving”.
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.
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.
Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.
Reports in this column have been compiled by the USPA Safety & Training Department from information received from the field and are the most accurate reports possible through such input. They are printed in Parachutist for their educational value.
Now that many drop zones have re-opened, most with face-mask requirements in place to help control the spread of the coronavirus, lens fogging has become a common issue.
Instructors have been performing a lot of currency training lately and overall have been doing a great job. However, our recent incident reports show that one area of emergency-procedure training could use more emphasis: low-altitude emergencies under canopy.
Half-braked canopy flight is a useful and life-saving skill, but recent incident reports (including the non-fatal incident reports in this issue of Parachutist) show that it is highly underutilized.
Dynamic warm-ups are a perfect way to get ready for a day of jumping. They increase your core temperature, and the increased blood flow enhances your nerve impulses and reaction time.
So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.
On Saturday, August 15, more than 40 military veterans around the country took to the air on tandem skydives during the 6th Annual Freedom Freefall event.
Different line types create confusion among skydivers of all experience levels. What are the different types of lines? What are the pros and cons of each? Which size line is best for you?
Wingsuit flyer Craig Lambton carves around skysurfer Kyle Batchelor during Shredfest at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.
Liam Wertheimer runs out his landing at Skydive Spaceland–Clewiston in Florida.
USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, and we are excited to announce that it will now be broadcast Webinar style via Zoom.
It’s safe to say that nothing about 2020 has proceeded according to anyone’s plans. Whatever was planned in January was tossed out the window by March.
“Behind the Lens”
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Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.
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.
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.
At Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, instructor Patrick Woodruff takes Rachelle Babler for a tandem skydive to release the ashes of her father, 28-year Navy veteran Stanley Ljosdal. Ljosdal never got to make a jump, and Babler said, “That’s why I had to do it for him.”
From left, Junior Melton, Dana Parker, camera flyer Dave Durant, Floyd Kehl, Chuck Surges and Al Lavine pose for the camera in October at Skydive Indianapolis in Frankfort, Indiana, after setting the Jumpers Over Seventy State Record for Largest Formation Skydive with a 5-way.
Lew Sanborn, D-1, celebrates his 90th birthday at Mid-America Sport Parachute Club in Taylorville, Illinois, where friends held a cookout in his honor and presented him with a certificate proclaiming him the 23rd member of Jumpers Over Ninety (a subgroup of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society).
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