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Rating Corner | Running the Radio By Jim Crouch   (Jul 2021) Top News
Skydiving Safety—Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going By Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (Jul 2021) Recent News

Safety has always been a priority for the United States Parachute Association and its predecessor organizations, National Parachute Jumpers-Riggers Inc. (1946-1957) and the Parachute Club of America (1957-1967).

The Future of Wingsuits By Matt Gerdes of Squirrel and Next Level Flight   (Jul 2021) Recent News

Since the development of the sport in the last decade is largely the stuff of YouTube videos, let’s talk about what’s next. Where’s wingsuiting going in the future?

Safety Check | Clearing Your SPACE Before Exit By Jen Sharp   (Jul 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

We’ve all done it. You’re staring out the plane door, ready to exit after the group in front of you, and you know you’re supposed to look for certain things. But you’re excited, and your mind goes blank.

USPA General Membership Meeting to Occur August 27   (Jul 2021) Event News Homepage USPA
A Short Look at a Long History—The USPA National Championships A USPA Staff Report   (Jul 2021) Competition

In the beginning, there was accuracy or, as it was called at the time, “spot jumping.”

How It Was Captured: “Echoes in Time” A Parachutist Staff Report | Photos by Brianne Thompson   (Jul 2021) Featured Photos

In honor of USPA’s 75th anniversary, Niklas Daniel, D-28906, of AXIS Fight School captured the striking photo that is the centerspread of this issue of Parachutist.

Keep an Eye Out | Improperly Secured Soft Links   (Jul 2021) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out
75 Years and Counting…   (Jul 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
Foundations of Flight | Ram-Air Parachute and Canopy Check   (Jul 2021) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Images by Bruce Fournier.

Skydiving Technology Competition Open for Submissions   (Jul 2021) Event News Homepage USPA

In an effort to encourage technological innovation that advances our sport, USPA is holding a technology development contest in conjunction with its exhibit at the Parachute Industry Association Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 30-September 3.

Baney Receives Regional Achievement Award   (Jul 2021) People

In May, Lee Baney, D-10487, received the USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Central Region during a ceremony at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

The First 75 A Parachutist Special Section   (Jul 2021) People

In 1946, when legendary exhibition jumper Joe Crane founded National Parachute Jumper-Riggers Inc., he brought with him a licensing system for parachutists that he had earlier originated.

Piggybacks and Three-Ring Circuses—A Slightly Irreverent Look Back at Skydiving Equipment By Kevin Gibson   (Jul 2021) Features

One night, as you’re reading a bedtime story to your young parachute, it will inevitably want to know the answer to the question, “Where did I come from?” A responsible parachute owner had better be ready with the answers.

Tales from the Bonfire | Musings on the PLF By Yan Wolfson   (Jul 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

It was a beautiful spring morning at my beloved DZ, Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. The air was cool and crisp, and the sky was cloudless. I was doing wingsuit hop-and-pops from 10,000 feet with the hope of generating interest in this new-at-the-time discipline.

What the BLEEP Does USPA Do for Me?! By Director of Sport Promotion Shanon Searls   (Jul 2021) Features

Many members wonder what USPA does exactly, not only as an organization, but also for its members. Well, since USPA turns 75 this month, what better time to share how the organization works and where it’s headed from here?

Aviation Groups Join USPA to Defend Airport Access   (Jul 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
Anemometer—A Look Back By Albert Berchtold   (Jul 2021) Anemometer

Gotta say, this is an exciting issue of Parachutist. Although you’re not going to find much about what went on in the past month in the skydiving world, you are going to find a wonderful look back at a 75-year history of our organization.

Jacques-André Istel | D-2 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2021) People Profiles

Without Jacques-André Istel, the sport of parachuting would not be what it is today.