Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer | D-31153

Near the end of a beautiful day, Jurga Berry exits a helicopter at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

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A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees
Features | July 2020

A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum inducts 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 marks the organization’s 11th class of honorees.

Author: Doug Garr
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Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up
Features | July 2020

Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up

By Doug Garr

On a beautiful, cloudless Saturday afternoon last April, Team Fastrax, a professional exhibition team based at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, boarded their Caravan to make a demo like no other before.

Author: Doug Garr
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Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission
Features | July 2020

Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission

A USPA Staff Report

One of USPA’s most vital functions in pursuit of its mission to “support skydiving and those who enjoy it” is safeguarding skydiving’s rightful place in the national airspace system, which includes public airports.

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

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Acrylic on canvas

Ebby Boehm | D-9410
Bradenton, Florida
Ebbyboehm@gmail.com

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“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”

By Ebby Boehm

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Acrylic on canvas

Ebby Boehm | D-9410
Bradenton, Florida
Ebbyboehm@gmail.com

Author: Ebby Boehm
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Pablo Hernandez | D-29869

Pablo Hernandez | D-29869

By Brian Giboney

Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

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Letters

D-Valuation

The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.

Author: Jim Graham
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Letters

How to Count

Should jumpers who die inside skydiving aircraft be counted as skydiving fatalities?

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Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway

Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway

By Mark Perry

My second jump of the day, an 8-way formation skydive, was uneventful until I tracked away and pulled.

Author: Mark Perry
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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Instructor Matt Leonard of Superior Flight Solutions films James Deller’s landing for use in the debrief during a canopy course at Jumptown in Orange Massachusetts.

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Safety & Training Articles

Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment

Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment

Wingsuit flyers, or any jumpers who sit at the front of the plane and exit last, have the farthest to travel to the door on exit, which increases the chance of a snag.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude

Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude

By Ron Bell

Many jumpers are confused about the term “hard deck” and how it differs from the term “decision altitude.”

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

By Michael Wadkins

Tandem skydiving has been instrumental in promoting and growing our sport; it brings both revenue and new skydivers to our DZs.

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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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Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

By Ray Lallo

USPA Instructor Examiners often encounter questions as to what constitutes a rating-renewal seminar. And they often receive blank stares followed by crickets when they ask, “What did you do for your rating-renewal seminar?”

Author: Ray Lallo
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Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

By Jen Sharp

Cutaway cables are not universally interchangeable.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing

Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing

A skydiver with 400-plus jumps changed out their main canopy and then made about 75 jumps on the rig.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Look It Up

Safety Check | Look It Up

A highly respected rigger was visiting a drop zone and noticed a rig laid out on the packing floor after a jump.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.

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Featured Event

John Pitts lands during the re-opening weekend at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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Featured DZ

Bradley Allen hangs below Mariah Funcannon (left) and Steve Osner at Skydive Kansas City.

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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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