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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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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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

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Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

By Ron Bell

During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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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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