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.

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System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff
Features | June 2020

System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff

By Matt Leonard

Risk mitigation and the decision-making process surrounding risk mitigation is an important part of the foundation of safety.

Author: Matt Leonard
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Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump
Features | June 2020

Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump

By North Central Regional Director Michael Wadkins

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.

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Looking Forward to the Past
Features | June 2020

Looking Forward to the Past

A Parachutist Pictorial

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.

Author: USPA Staff
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It’s a Tough Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It—The Life of a DZO
Features | May 2020

It’s a Tough Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It—The Life of a DZO

By Jim Crouch

Whether a fleeting thought or a serious consideration, many skydivers have entertained the idea of owning their own drop zone.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Short and Sweet —The Annual Spring Fling
Features | May 2020

Short and Sweet —The Annual Spring Fling

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The Spring Fling at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, traditionally held each year in early March, is a big deal for both experienced and aspiring canopy formation skydivers from around the world.

Author: USPA Staff
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Non-Fatal Incident Summary
Features | May 2020

Non-Fatal Incident Summary

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

In 2019, USPA saw a five-fold increase in reporting from the previous year, receiving more reports for the year than in any year in the past two decades.

Author: Ron Bell
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The New Normal—Safety Day 2020
Features | May 2020

The New Normal—Safety Day 2020

A Parachutist Special Report

As it planned for the 24th annual Safety Day, scheduled for March 14, USPA chose “Normalizing Excellence” as its theme. However, nothing was normal any longer when Safety Day rolled around and the coronavirus was relentlessly spreading across the globe.

Author: USPA Staff
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Seas the Day
Features | May 2020

Seas the Day

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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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

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Ink on paper

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Orlando, Florida

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In Your Words

Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“I Met Myself on the Mountain”

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”

By Kayla Perron

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Ink on paper

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Orlando, Florida

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Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest

Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

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David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148

David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148

By Brian Giboney

David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.

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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Jumpers gather around a life-flight helicopter during a Safety Day seminar at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

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Safety & Training Articles

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

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.

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Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number

Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number

By Ron Bell

In skydiving, 200 jumps is a recurring theme.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Event

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.

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Featured DZ

Nick Cahill smiles for a selfie at Pacific Skydiving Center.

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Closing In

At Dallas Tandem Skydiving in Ennis, Texas, Tandem Instructor Rudy Reyes uses his downtime to play with an old C-9 canopy.

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