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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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.

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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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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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