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UPT Identifies Problem with Vector Student Containers, Offers Fix   (Feb 2021) Top Three Industry News Gear & Industry Spotlight

On February 11, United Parachute Technologies announced that it had identified problems affecting the reserve deployment on some of its Vector SE student containers and has offered a field fix, as well as a permanent fix.

2021 USPA Safety Day A Parachutist Special Edition   (Feb 2021) Parachutist Top Three Homepage Features Safety & Training

In 1997, Patty Chernis, newly elected to the USPA Board as a regional director, suggested that USPA create a special day to get jumpers current and prepared for the upcoming skydiving season. Now in its 25th year, Safety Day has grown increasingly popular, morphing from year to year to address current trends.

USPA Seeks New Director of Government Relations   (Feb 2021) Parachutist Top Three Homepage Government Relations
Hard Openings and How to Avoid Them By Jim Crouch   (Feb 2021) Big One Homepage Features Safety & Training

A hard-opening parachute is certainly not a new phenomenon. Skydivers have been dealing with hard openings throughout the history of sport parachuting—particularly during the early 1970s when the first ram-air main canopies and the various devices used to try and tame their openings were developed.

6th Dubai International Parachuting Championships Postponed   (Feb 2021) Competition Industry News
Pioneer Jerry Bourquin Passes Away   (Feb 2021) Homepage People Industry News
February 2021 Cover   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Jumpers exit during the Florida Head-Down Record attempts hosted by Collective Pitch at Skydive DeLand, where they set a 47-way state record.

Centerspread Photo by Alex Swindle I D-31305   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Centerspread

Pteam Pterodactyl—Andrew Velazquez (left) and George Hargis—practice some acrobatic wingsuit routines over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Closing In Photo by Mike McGowan I D-5709   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

Kirk Verner (front) and Niklas Hemlin of 8-way team Airspeed XP8 land in succession after a training jump at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Bob Rhynearson   (Feb 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

Skydiving didn’t really change my life, it was my life. It started at a very young age, even though I didn’t make my first jump from an airplane until I was 18.

Tales from the Bonfire By Ed Kruse   (Feb 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

In 1962, I was in winter training with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Chuting Stars, in El Centro, California. One day, we were quite surprised to see Jacques-André Istel, president of the Parachute Club of America (USPA’s predecessor organization), arrive in his shiny new Cessna 182.

Stewart McArthur | D-24588 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2021) People Profiles

Stewart McArthur, D-24588, is a British skydiver who now lives in the U.S. Since his first jump on Halloween Day in 1989, he has racked up a wide variety of skydiving and aviation accomplishments.

Keep an Eye Out—Brake-Line Knots   (Feb 2021) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

From time to time, knots like the ones shown in this photo can magically appear in brake lines.

Rating Corner—Reminder for PRO Applicants   (Feb 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

During the 2019 summer board meeting, USPA adopted and implemented an updated PRO-rating program with new jump requirements, qualifying areas and distances (the old standard of 10 accuracy jumps into a 32-foot circle no longer applies) and types of qualifying canopies.

Saving Dillingham By Communications Associate Luke Jones | Photos by Lindsay Wheeler   (Feb 2021) Homepage Features Homepage USPA

Each year, roughly 55,000 Oahu locals and tourists visit Dillingham Airfield to skydive, glide and fly.

Celebrating Our Female History Makers By Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.   (Feb 2021) People Features
Anemometer By Albert Berchtold   (Feb 2021) Homepage Anemometer

I’ve renamed this column “Anemometer,” as I intend to convey how the wind blows by providing information that USPA members will want to know.

USPA Is Working for You   (Jan 2021) Homepage News Homepage USPA

The USPA Board of Directors held its fifth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 29-31. For the second time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for USPA members to observe and over 130 USPA members registered to attend the virtual meeting.

ISC Plans for August Mondial Despite Ongoing Challenges   (Jan 2021) Events Industry News

At its January meeting, the International Skydiving Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (world skydiving’s governing body), continued its discussions regarding the fate of the 2020 (rescheduled to 2021) World Skydiving Championships Mondial in Russia in August.

Jump Like a Pharaoh A Parachutist Photo Essay   (Jan 2021) Parachutist Events Features

The country of Egypt has no civilian drop zones, but that doesn’t stop Skydive Egypt—a club of jumpers who are working to promote the sport in their country—from putting together spectacular boogies that feature jumps over the Great Pyramids of Giza.