Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

John Skinner wears a bright and color-coordinated outfit for a freefly jump at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. 

Features

Smile for the Camera
Features | December 2019

Smile for the Camera

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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The 2019 Wingsuit Flying World Cup—The Spirit of World Competition
Features | December 2019

The 2019 Wingsuit Flying World Cup—The Spirit of World Competition

By Scott Callantine

When a competitive skydiver earns a U.S. Parachute Team patch and the opportunity to represent their country at a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world skydiving event, they are bound to have an amazing experience.

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United Nations—The 2019 FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events
Features | December 2019

United Nations—The 2019 FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events

A USPA Staff Report with contributions from Skydive Arizona Marketing and Events Coordinator George Hargis

During the first week of October, you could hear a variety of languages anywhere on the drop zone: Chinese in the boarding area, French on the packing mats in the hangar, Norwegian around the pool, German at the mock-up and Russian at the manifest window. 

Author: USPA Staff
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Providing the Key to Safety—Bryan Burke Receives the 2019 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | December 2019

Providing the Key to Safety—Bryan Burke Receives the 2019 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

By George Hargis

The USPA Board of Directors chose Bryan Burke, D-8866, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service. Every year, USPA presents a select few recipients with this award, which honors “outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made significant contributions to the skydiving community.”

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The Big Green Sky—Two Carbon-Offset Initiatives Offer Skydivers a Greener Way to Go
Features | December 2019

The Big Green Sky—Two Carbon-Offset Initiatives Offer Skydivers a Greener Way to Go

By Annette O’Neil

First things first: There’s a lot of debate surrounding this topic. Global climate change remains a charged topic, season after season … especially since those seasons seem to be, well, changing.

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Zen and the Art of Organizer Maintenance—Alethia Austin’s Great Advice for New (and Not-So-New) Organizers
Features | December 2019

Zen and the Art of Organizer Maintenance—Alethia Austin’s Great Advice for New (and Not-So-New) Organizers

By Annette O’Neil

Over the years, Austin’s unique mix of hard-charging and grounded doesn’t just make its mark on the marketing side of the skydiving industry.

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Leap Frogs—Forged by the Sea, Air and Land
Features | December 2019

Leap Frogs—Forged by the Sea, Air and Land

By Robert Guerra | Photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, has represented the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community for decades, slowly and steadily developing their craft.

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A Record Crowd—Skydive Perris Hosts the 2019 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration
Features | December 2019

A Record Crowd—Skydive Perris Hosts the 2019 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration

By Doug Garr

In October, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Celebration at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Doug Garr
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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

“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Mixed media

Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
Merritt Island, Florida

shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

In Your Words

“High Altitude, Low Pull”

“High Altitude, Low Pull”

By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229

“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Mixed media

Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
Merritt Island, Florida

shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire

Tales from the Bonfire

By Hunter Goldman

We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at Skydive Pepperell. Paula, Devin, my father and I have grown as people and as skydivers together. Needless to say, we are family!

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Sammy Vassilev | D-19270

Sammy Vassilev | D-19270

By Brian Giboney

Sammy Vassilev began jumping in 1989 in Bulgaria, where he grew up around the sport. (His mother was a world champion.) He moved to the United States in 1991 and immediately began having an impact on the sport here as a talented skysurfer and camera flyer.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

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

Safety & Training Articles

Keep an Eye Out | Brass and Rubber

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 Event

Kevin Arcamona chases down the base during Skydive Midwest’s Freefly Fest invitational sequential event in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

Featured DZ

Jeff Weiss makes a sunset swoop at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

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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