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Foundations of Flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 1—Slow Fall
Foundations of Flight | January 2020

Foundations of Flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 1—Slow Fall

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence
The Rating Corner | January 2020

Rating Corner | Normalizing Excellence

By Ron Bell

Studies have shown that the individuals deviating from standard protocols don’t set out to break the rules.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?
Ask A Rigger | January 2020

Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?

By Kevin Gibson

Like just about any innovation or improvement, the hip rings introduced to make a skydiving harness more flexible for freestyle and freeflying have a downside. If the harness is fitted correctly so the two ends of the leg strap at the ring seldom or never make contact, no wear should appear.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | December 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Carlos Rodriguez | D-33453

A tandem student points out his altitude as he makes his first skydive with instructor Jeff Whitt at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

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Keep an Eye Out | Brass and Rubber
Keep An Eye Out | December 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Brass and Rubber

By Jim Crouch

Oil and water, Red Bull and milk, brass grommets and rubber bands: all things that don’t mix together well.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Safety Check | Letter to Santa
Safety Check | December 2019

Safety Check | Letter to Santa

By Ron Bell

My first year here at USPA as director of safety and training has gone by so quickly.

Author: Ron Bell
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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Using the Gears
Foundations of Flight | December 2019

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Using the Gears

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Ask a Rigger | Why Should I Learn More About My Gear?
Ask A Rigger | December 2019

Ask a Rigger | Why Should I Learn More About My Gear?

By Jen Sharp

You pull one handle and, magically, there is an open parachute over your head. And if that doesn’t work, you just cut away, pull the reserve handle and later buy your rigger their bottle of choice. Voilà! Seems simple enough.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | November 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Mari Kossman | B-50628

AFF Instructor Tim Hajewski guides an AFF student through the landing pattern at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin.

Author: Mari Kossman
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Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links
Keep An Eye Out | November 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links

During a routine repack, a rigger discovered that this Maillon Rapide quick link (aka French link) on the main deployment bag had damaged the pilot chute’s kill line and attachment point, likely from repeated friction between the components.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Winter Jumping
Safety Check | November 2019

Safety Check | Winter Jumping

By Ron Bell

The summer season has faded away, and so have high temperatures, at least in the northern states. Fall is fading to winter, frost is appearing in the morning grass, and if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you have probably noticed it is getting colder in freefall.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving
The Rating Corner | November 2019

Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

If you’re instructing AFF students, you are engaging in formation skydiving.

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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down
Foundations of Flight | November 2019

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Crossover Training for Military Jumpers
Safety & Training |

Crossover Training for Military Jumpers

USPA takes every opportunity to support military skydivers as they serve our country and as they face struggles while entering civilian life after service. Our military counterparts in airborne operations train endlessly, and during their service, many of the paratroopers work with military instructors who are also USPA Instructors to earn there USPA A licenses. However, their training is subject to the conditions and equipment available at the time the training takes place.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | October 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

Diana Martin checks her altitude during an AFF jump with instructors Erin Engelsen (left) and Dennis Dorman at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

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Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Pin Nicks
Keep An Eye Out | October 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Pin Nicks

A freefall photographer caught this damage to his closing loop, which was relatively new, while packing during a busy weekend of jumping.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a rigger | How Should I Store My Gear for the Winter?
Ask A Rigger | October 2019

Ask a rigger | How Should I Store My Gear for the Winter?

By Shauna Finley

If you’re a northern jumper, winter gives you the opportunity to travel south, experience new DZs and get a break from the freezing weather. However, if you aren’t able to travel to warmer climates during the winter months, you’ll need to store your gear.

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Rating Corner | PRO-Rating Changes
The Rating Corner | October 2019

Rating Corner | PRO-Rating Changes

By Ron Bell

At its summer board meeting in Arlington, Virginia, the USPA Board approved significant changes to Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 7-2—Professional Exhibition Rating.

Author: Ron Bell
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Safety Check | Fatigue
Safety Check | October 2019

Safety Check | Fatigue

By Ron Bell

With the dog days of summer behind us and the home stretch of the skydiving season approaching, it’s important for jumpers to keep their guards up. July is typically the most fatal month in sheer numbers, but the fatality rate stays consistently high through October, even as the season begins winding down.

Author: Ron Bell
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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning, Part 1
Foundations of Flight | October 2019

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning, Part 1

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive
The Rating Corner | September 2019

Rating Corner | Defining a Freefall Skydive

By Ron Bell

At its summer 2018 meeting, the USPA Board of Directors adjusted the requirements for students obtaining A licenses to align with requirements for Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale Certificates of Proficiency.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?
Ask A Rigger | September 2019

Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?

By Shauna Finley

Gear damage happens in many ways: from normal wear and tear, sliding in landings, dragging rigs across the packing floor, etc. Surprisingly, one item that can cause significant damage is the keeper, the elastic band with which you stow your chest or leg straps.

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Foundations of flight | Neutral Body Position
Foundations of Flight | September 2019

Foundations of flight | Neutral Body Position

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Five Hazardous Attitudes
Safety & Training |

Five Hazardous Attitudes

Attitude plays a vital role in skydiving, for both students and more experienced jumpers. And although we are not airplane pilots, as skydivers we share many issues in common with pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration long ago identified five hazardous attitudes of aircraft pilots that can often lead to accidents. Skydivers can also be affected by those same five dangerous attitudes and their consequences. 

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | August 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Nick Rockow | D-28792

North Central Regional Director and AFF Instructor Examiner Michael Wadkins geeks the camera while evaluating instructor candidates Connor McCauley and Constantin Mircea Moisei during an AFF rating course at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Author: Nick Rockow
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Keep an Eye Out | Entanglement
Keep An Eye Out | August 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Entanglement

Jumping with a video camera has many challenges, many of which are not obvious to those who decide to start jumping with one. The danger of an entanglement between the camera and parachute equipment is just one in a long list of hazards to consider.

Author: USPA Staff
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Foundations of Flight | Docking on a Head-Down Formation
Foundations of Flight | August 2019

Foundations of Flight | Docking on a Head-Down Formation

By Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher of Modern Skydiving Concepts

Brought to you by Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher of Modern Skydiving Concepts at Skydive DeLand in Florida. Photo by Gustavo Cabana. More information about MSC’s courses and seminars is available on the group’s Facebook page.

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Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?
Ask A Rigger | August 2019

Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?

By Shauna Finley

It’s a good idea to inspect your rig carefully at least once before each jump. If you pack for yourself, you need to inspect the critical parts of your rig each time.

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Safety check | EPs and Your Gear
Safety Check | August 2019

Safety check | EPs and Your Gear

By Jim Crouch

In the early 1990s, a skydiver reported that an automatic activation device saved his life. This jumper experienced a main parachute malfunction and pulled his cutaway handle but never pulled his reserve ripcord.

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Front Office | Descents
The Front Office | August 2019

The Front Office | Descents

By Chas Hines

“The Front Office” answers questions about jump pilots and piloting. You’ll learn what pilots do behind the scenes to make your favorite time of week happen, and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind view from the one seat in the airplane you never get to be in.

Author: Chas Hines
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