Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

Forty-three jumpers turn points over Skydive Perris in California on their way to claiming the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Four-Point Canopy Formation Skydive.

Features

Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | January 2020

Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

By Christy West and Scott Latinis

Tom Jenkins always saw the value of structured competition and record performances in driving skydivers to become more skilled while also having fun.

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Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons
Features | January 2020

Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons

By Gulcin Gilbert

Around the world, October is the month dedicated to breast-cancer awareness. For many years, the skydiving community marked this month with Jump for the Cause, an event that brought women together to raise money for breast cancer research and set women’s world record formation skydives.

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A Great Trip— Ray Ferrell, D-5748, Receives the 2019 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award
Features | January 2020

A Great Trip— Ray Ferrell, D-5748, Receives the 2019 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

By USPA Executive Director Ed Scott

It was a delightful early November evening in DeLand, Florida, when 30 or so friends and family members gathered to honor Raymond E. Ferrell as USPA presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Author: Ed Scott
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Skydivers’ Town—DeLand, Florida, Celebrates 60 Years of Jumping
Features | January 2020

Skydivers’ Town—DeLand, Florida, Celebrates 60 Years of Jumping

By Mike Johnston

On December 26, 1959, Dr. John Gaffney (“Doc” to his skydiver friends) led the Central Florida Sky Divers Club to the DeLand Municipal Airport to jump from a Tri-Pacer flown by the airport manager, Bob Lee.

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Small Steps, Giant Leaps—Five Jumpers Make Parachuting History
Features | January 2020

Small Steps, Giant Leaps—Five Jumpers Make Parachuting History

By Shannon Pilcher

On Sunday, October 27, five parachutists safely landed at 20,200 feet MSL (with a density altitude of 22,700 feet MSL) on the West Col in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Dynamic Duo—Two Teams Set Sequential World Records at Perris
Features | January 2020

Dynamic Duo—Two Teams Set Sequential World Records at Perris

A USPA Staff Report

October 2019 proved to be a banner month for sequential skydiving, as two separate groups of jumpers achieved world-record performances, one in full-break sequential formation skydiving and the other in canopy formation skydiving.

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Flock and Flow
Features | January 2020

Flock and Flow

Article and Photos by Michael Brewer

Halloween is all about chocolate, taking candy from strangers and, apparently, flying really fast parachutes at one another—at least for attendees of the debut Flock and Flow camp, held at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, during Halloween weekend.

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Normalizing Excellence: Planning for Safety Day 2020
Features | January 2020

Normalizing Excellence: Planning for Safety Day 2020

A Parachutist Special Section

Each year, Safety Day is the second Saturday in March (this year, that’s March 14). It marks the beginning of a new season, and even in poor weather, jumpers flock to this event, their minds filled with fresh ideas and expectations of the warm summer days ahead.

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Gearing Up

Jan 2020
Women in Skydiving

Many jumpers are surprised to learn that women make up only about 13 percent of USPA’s membership, because it seems like there are more women than that at their DZs.

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Photo Spread

Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy during the Arizona Challenge, a formation skydiving event organized by former and current members of champion 4-way FS team Arizona Airspeed, participants build the event’s grand-finale formation, a representation of the team’s triangular logo.

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Featured Art

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Daniel Silva | B-49187
Huntington Beach, California
danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Thomas Dellibac | D-24918

Thomas Dellibac | D-24918

By Brian Giboney

Thomas Dellibac, D-24918, is a highly decorated canopy pilot turned DZO. From 2007 to 2016, Dellibac was all over the competition scene.

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Daniel Silva | B-49187
Huntington Beach, California
danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

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Letters

Sports Camera Safety

Every day, Safety and Training Advisors see skydivers walking to the plane wearing cameras that are not protected from catching a line.

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Letters

Membership Card Disappointment

The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

Author: Rick March
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

During the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive California in Tracy, organizer Julie Kleinwort and Jack Wang assemble a Mr. Potato Head in freefall, a fun activity that also helps to develop proximity skills. 

Safety & Training Articles

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

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

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 | 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 Event

Marina Prokopenko comes in for landing at the Gemini Bridges geologic formation during the MOAB Boogie hosted by Skydive Moab in Utah.

Featured DZ

Faris Al Obaid, Mohammed Al Mutairi, Nicole Arnulphy and Abraham Harutyunyan fly a tube formation at Kuwait Skydive & Fly.

Closing In

Photo by Norman Kent | D8369

Konstantin Petrijcuk leads an angle-flying jump during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, that raised money for breast-cancer clinic The Rose.

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