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How to Train Your Brain
Features | November 2019

How to Train Your Brain

By Annette O’Neil

Think about the skydivers you’ve met over the years who drifted away. Nothing happened, per se; they just ... well ... disappeared. Some of this attrition is natural. The pressures of finances, family and career come into play. But have you wondered how much attrition owes directly to repetitive stress injuries on these athletes’ minds?

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Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing
Features | November 2019

Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing

By Jim Crouch

I stood at the deep end of the indoor heated pool while wearing a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and a training harness connected to a 300-square-foot main canopy and jumped into the water.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships

By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard

The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.

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It's All About the Exit
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

It's All About the Exit

By Zach Lewis

It is all about the exit! That’s a phrase you’ll often hear in the world of competitive formation skydiving.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?
Features | November 1969

Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?

By Jerry Rouillard

In April of 1968, two months before actual filming of "MOTHS" began, a group of Southern Califorania jumpers were assembled at Elsinore, California to make several hundred rehearsal and equipment testing jumps.

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Jumping From Space 101—Alan Eustace Talks Us In
Features | October 2019

Jumping From Space 101—Alan Eustace Talks Us In

By Annette O”Neil

So, late in the fall of 2014, you watched Alan Eustace get tugged 25 miles into the stratosphere by a balloon that for all the world looked like a big, white map pin.

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Surfing the Skies
Features | October 2019

Surfing the Skies

By Keith Snyder

Skysurfing has experienced a comeback in recent years, and fortunately, the drop zones of the world are helping to keep our skies safe by not blindly allowing just anyone to grab a board and attempt it. Most DZs insist that new skysurfers receive proper guidance from those with experience … and for good reason.

Author: Keith Snyder
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Freshman Year—The U.S. Canopy Formation Team Brings Home Bronze
Features | October 2019

Freshman Year—The U.S. Canopy Formation Team Brings Home Bronze

By Magaly Sandoval

The 8th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale European Canopy Formation Championships and 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Formation took place from August 15-21 at the Romanian Airclub located in the southern part of the country in the town of Strejnic Ploiești.

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Welcome to the Apocalypse—The Big O Boogie
Features | October 2019

Welcome to the Apocalypse—The Big O Boogie

A Parachutist Pictorial

The name of this year’s giant boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia—the Apocalyptic Big O Boogie—could not have been more fitting.

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A Fest to Remember
Features | October 2019

A Fest to Remember

A Parachutist Photo Essay

From July 26-August 4, the skies over Ottawa, Illinois, blossomed with canopies during Skydive Chicago’s much-anticipated megaboogie, Summerfest. More than 800 jumpers from all corners of the world came to the drop zone resort to get on one of the nearly 700 loads during the nine-day boogie.

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The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2019

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14.

Author: USPA Staff
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Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | September 2019

Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

At its 2018 summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors chose Mike Horan, D-881, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service.

Author: USPA Staff
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ToraTora
Features | September 2019

ToraTora

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The five members of professional skydiving team ToraTora—Jarno Cordia, Willem de Groot, Rene Terstegen, Martijn Van Dam and Jasper van der Meer—put together a magical week of skydiving and other adventure sports in Slovenia’s Soca Valley, adjacent to Triglav National Park.

Author: USPA Staff
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Chasing the Spaceball 2.0
Features | September 2019

Chasing the Spaceball 2.0

By Annette O’Neil

Sebastian Alvarez, D-32538, was a pro surfer and a Chilean Air Force pilot (flying helicopters and planes alike) in his home country before he donned his first wingsuit.

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Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History
Features | September 2019

Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History

By Jessica Brownlow

An international group of skydivers broke the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive by flying an 84-way during the Upright World Record Attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, July 22-26.

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Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years
Features | September 2019

Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years

By Bill Lahman

The club invited friends from years past, and many showed up for the weekend, including some who were part of the club in its first decade.

Author: Bill Lahman
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Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country
Features | September 2019

Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed
Features | August 2019

Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed

A Parachutist Photo Essay

May 24-27, 88 elite formation skydivers from more than a dozen countries and a team of five in-air videographers (Niklas Daniel, George Katsoulis, John Lyman, Jim Stengell and David Wybenga) came together at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to participate in the 23rd annual Arizona Challenge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of world-renowned formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed.

Author: Erin Orwig
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Rock of Ages—CarolinaFest 2019
Features | August 2019

Rock of Ages—CarolinaFest 2019

A Parachutist Photo Essay

Author: USPA Staff
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Rough Going—The 14th FAI World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing
Features | August 2019

Rough Going—The 14th FAI World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing

Article and photos by Lindy Leach

Many top world-class competitors had a difficult time at the 14th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing in Cordoba, Argentina, May 18-26, and the members of the U.S. Accuracy Team were no exception.

Author: Lindy Leach
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Saluting the Heroes of D-Day
Features | August 2019

Saluting the Heroes of D-Day

A USPA Staff Report with David Accetta, Art Shaffer and Keith Walter

The French government arranged a series of tributes to the heroes of Normandy that attracted more than one million people from across the globe for ceremonies, speeches and commemorative airborne operations.

Author: USPA Staff
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What’s to Be Done About Skydiving Aircraft Crashes?
Features | August 2019

What’s to Be Done About Skydiving Aircraft Crashes?

By Paul Bertorelli

Robert Crandall, the longtime CEO of American Airlines, once said the industry is always in the grip of its dumbest competitor. A corollary for general aviation—if there is one—is that the perception of safety is always set by the latest horrific accident.

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Skydiving Suffers Devastating Loss in Hawaii
Features | August 2019

Skydiving Suffers Devastating Loss in Hawaii

A USPA Staff Report

Near sunset on June 21, a Beechcraft King Air crashed shortly after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield near Waialua, Hawaii, killing all 11 aboard, including pilot Jerome Renck.

Author: USPA Staff
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Creating a Better Brain Bucket—Skydiving Helmets Step Toward Safety Standards
Features | July 2019

Creating a Better Brain Bucket—Skydiving Helmets Step Toward Safety Standards

By Annette O’Neil

A good helmet once seemed like just the ticket to escape such a fate. The reality, unfortunately, is that helmets simply aren’t designed to protect people against traumatic brain injury. They can’t.

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Skydiving Then and Now—50 Years of Change
Features | July 2019

Skydiving Then and Now—50 Years of Change

By Paul Sitter

When Leslie Irvin made the first freefall jump using gear designed for that purpose more than 100 years ago, no one really foresaw parachuting becoming a sport.

Author: Paul Sitter
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A Perfect 10—The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebrates a Decade with 10 New Inductees
Features | July 2019

A Perfect 10—The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebrates a Decade with 10 New Inductees

By Doug Garr

Each year for the past decade, the International Skydiving Museum has inducted a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony and banquet for the 10 newest honorees will take place during the 2019 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration October 17-19 at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Doug Garr
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Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Link Between Spinning Malfunctions and Difficult Cutaways
Safety | July 2019, DDCA

Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Link Between Spinning Malfunctions and Difficult Cutaways

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

There have been five skydiving fatalities in the U.S. as of May 15 of this year. Four of those involved spinning malfunctions. To raise awareness of this problem, USPA is initiating an educational campaign: Don’t Delay, Cut Away!

Author: Ron Bell
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Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Five-Second Rule: A Time-Based Approach to Emergencies
Safety | July 2019, DDCA

Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Five-Second Rule: A Time-Based Approach to Emergencies

By Ben Planche Wallace

Skydivers and fighter pilots share a unique characteristic: Both can eject from their aircraft. They also share a common reason for fatal accidents: a delay in the decision to do so. In fact, according to the U.S. Air Force, it’s the single most common cause of fighter pilot fatalities. Similarly, in the past few decades, failure to cut away and pull the reserve ripcord in time has been a major factor in skydiving deaths.

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Don't Worry, Be Happy
Features | June 2019

Don't Worry, Be Happy

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Jockeying for Position Adjusting Your Deployment Technique for Better Openings
Features | June 2019

Jockeying for Position Adjusting Your Deployment Technique for Better Openings

By Annette O’Neil

John LeBlanc, vice president at Performance Designs, loves “flying everything that can be flown.” He’s been doing just that for more than 40 years (since age 16, as a matter of fact), and he’s been designing parachutes for 35 of them. Over the course of those years of intense testing, LeBlanc has unsurprisingly suffered more than his share of openings that were slappers.

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