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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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Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary
Features | April 2020

Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary

By Jim Crouch

This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents
Features | April 2020

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents

By USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger

Piloting a jump plane is among the most demanding of flying jobs, with multiple takeoffs and landings in a variety of conditions and with a variety of loads, as well as the need to refuel often throughout a day.

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Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting
Features | April 2020

Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

Author: USPA Staff
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How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?
Features | April 2020

How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?

By Jeremy Sieker

The question of how to best manage and avoid risk is at the heart of any extreme sport. For skydivers this takes many forms: “What are the highest winds I should jump in at this location?” “Should I be jumping with a group this big?”

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Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State
Features | April 2020

Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State

By Doug Garr

The 50-staters are indeed an exclusive group, and each has a unique story peppered with meeting dozens of new people while traveling thousands of miles across the continent.

Author: Doug Garr
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Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together
Features | April 2020

Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together

By Annette O’Neil

Let me ask you this: When was your last aircraft emergency?

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Adventures in Paradise
Features | April 2020

Adventures in Paradise

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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“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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