Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

A canopy formation doesn’t quite go according to plan at the annual Spring Fling event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. (No jumpers were injured—or even needed to cut away—in the making of this photo.)

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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.

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Seas the Day
Features | May 2020

Seas the Day

A Parachutist Pictorial

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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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“Sunset Swoop!”
Colored pencils and pastels on paper

Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
Sam.holliman@gmail.com

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“Sunset Swoop!”

“Sunset Swoop!”

By Sam Holliman

“Sunset Swoop!”
Colored pencils and pastels on paper

Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
Sam.holliman@gmail.com

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Larry Yount | D-18792

Larry Yount | D-18792

By Brian Giboney

Larry Yount, D-18792, was a military jumper who turned into a multi-talented, multi-discipline sport skydiver extraordinaire.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, veteran canopy formation skydivers Kevin Vetter (top) and Pat Marcanio (center) teach Julia Wilde the finer points of taking docks as she learns the discipline.

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Safety & Training Articles

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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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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Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

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 | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

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

by Shauna Finley

A jumper came to me after his first cutaway, concerned about damage to his reserve system.

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Featured Event

Jumpers at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico enjoy a sunset tracking jump organized by Luis Prinetto and Remi Angeli. 

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Featured DZ

Kyle Donohue (top) and Kevin Gallay fly a wingsuit stack at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

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Closing In

At USPA Foreign Affiliate Go Fly Paraquedismo in Boituva, Brazil, Roberta Mancino and Val Sobol take a dock during the Wingsuit Carnival Boogie organized by Leo Orsini of Flyerz Wingsuit School.

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