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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The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2019

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14.

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Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | September 2019

Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

At its 2018 summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors chose Mike Horan, D-881, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service.

Author: USPA Staff
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ToraTora
Features | September 2019

ToraTora

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The five members of professional skydiving team ToraTora—Jarno Cordia, Willem de Groot, Rene Terstegen, Martijn Van Dam and Jasper van der Meer—put together a magical week of skydiving and other adventure sports in Slovenia’s Soca Valley, adjacent to Triglav National Park.

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Chasing the Spaceball 2.0
Features | September 2019

Chasing the Spaceball 2.0

By Annette O’Neil

Sebastian Alvarez, D-32538, was a pro surfer and a Chilean Air Force pilot (flying helicopters and planes alike) in his home country before he donned his first wingsuit.

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Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History
Features | September 2019

Upright Citizens—Head-Up Formation Skydivers Make History

By Jessica Brownlow

An international group of skydivers broke the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive by flying an 84-way during the Upright World Record Attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, July 22-26.

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Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years
Features | September 2019

Making a Sport of It—Lincoln Sport Parachute Club Celebrates 60 Years

By Bill Lahman

The club invited friends from years past, and many showed up for the weekend, including some who were part of the club in its first decade.

Author: Bill Lahman
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Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country
Features | September 2019

Diving Into Summer—July 4 Events Around the Country

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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