Photo Norman Kent | D-8369
Caroline Layne daydreams about the fun she had at the End of the Year Boogie 2019-2020 hosted by USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
The big question is, what will the activity level be at DZs upon reopening? And how long will it take until first-jump customers and experienced skydivers return to normal levels?
Painting by Yvette Walter I D-32690
“Fun with Friends”
Acrylic on canvas
At Dallas Tandem Skydiving in Ennis, Texas, Tandem Instructor Rudy Reyes uses his downtime to play with an old C-9 canopy.
“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Ink on paper
Kayla Perron | B-47722
As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.
David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.
More than 30 years ago, the Jumping Ambassadors, a U.S. Army military freefall detachment from the 7th Special Forces Group performed demonstration jumps across Latin America.
In April, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced Bob Lewis as the recipient of its 2020 Trustees’ Award.
At Skydive Palatka in Florida in March, Round Canopy Parachute Team, a nonprofit military-static-line demonstration team, hosted its second More Than a Jump event for veterans.
The skydiving community’s ability to rapidly innovate in response to this health crisis is the perfect representation of our unique sport and is evidence that our industry will adapt and continue to thrive.
John and Alex Hicks (yellow helmets, center), D-23553 and D-23554, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.
On April 15, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the World Air Sports Federation) announced that its Executive Board named Markus Haggeney as the new FAI Secretary General.
Blue Skies Physical Therapy, owned and operated by Dr. Nancy Grieger, C-44952, has assisted the skydiving community with physical therapy assessment and treatment, injury management and strength and conditioning training at boogies and events for years.
Jumpers gather around a life-flight helicopter during a Safety Day seminar at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.
Sometime over the past 10-15 years—probably due to the advent of phone apps, manifest programs and digital altimeters that track jumps—many jumpers developed an indifferent or apathetic attitude toward formally logging jumps.
In skydiving, 200 jumps is a recurring theme.
Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.
Nick Cahill smiles for a selfie at Pacific Skydiving Center.
Risk mitigation and the decision-making process surrounding risk mitigation is an important part of the foundation of safety.
Now, following worldwide drop zone closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of skydivers all at once no longer meet the currency requirements of their licenses. The volume of jumpers who need currency training is unprecedented.
We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.
In no wild nightmare could I have conceived that a virus would ground skydiving and, indeed, shut down the world.
Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530
A canopy formation doesn’t quite go according to plan at the annual Spring Fling event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. (No jumpers were injured—or even needed to cut away—in the making of this photo.)
Colored pencils and pastels on paper
Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
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