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Living on the Edge Photo by Kandace Rawling | D-38328   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy demonstrates his edge-flying technique.

Foundations of Flight | Head Position By Axis Flight School   (Jul 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | Belly to Head-Up Transition By Axis Flight School   (Jun 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) 2019 Competition Updates   (May 2019) Parachutist Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

The USPA Board of Directors, with guidance from seasoned mixed formation skydiving competitors, approved changes to the MFS event for the 2019 National Skydiving Championships. Based on competitor feedback from the 2018 Nationals, changes were made to allow for closer synergy between the advanced and open classes, as well as to continue to increase national (and hopefully one day international) participation with the addition of an entry-level intermediate class. MFS is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in skydiving and strives to provide a multi-orientation playing field for all levels of freeflyers.

Foundations of Flight | Vertical Compressed Exit (Mixed Formation Skydiving Random C) By Axis Flight School   (May 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | Angle Flying—Head First on Belly By Axis Flight School   (Apr 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | Back-Fly Side-Slides By Axis Flight School   (Mar 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | Head Switching By Axis Flight School   (Feb 2019) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brianne Thompson. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | 69 Exit By Axis Flight School   (Jan 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | 2-Way Phalanx to Open Accordion Drill By Axis Flight School   (Dec 2018) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Wybenga. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

One-Armed Canopy Flight By Axis Flight School   (Nov 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Foundations Of Flight | Angle Flying Feet First On Back By Axis Flight School   (Oct 2018) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Foundations of Flight | 2-Way Belly Cat-Accordion Move By Axis Flight School   (Sep 2018) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Isaac Hansen. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Relative Positioning Under Canopy By Axis Flight School   (Aug 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly By Axis Flight School   (Jul 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight
Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Head-Up Breakoff By Axis Flight School   (Jun 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight
Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

More Than the Sum of Its Jumps By Annette O’Neil   (May 2018) Homepage Features

Operation Enduring Warrior Helps Combat-Wounded Veterans Take Flight

Skydiving Makes a Difference: A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities

Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics) by Axis Flight School   (May 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight
Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Toe-Knee Drill by Axis Flight School   (Apr 2018) Homepage Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

Fashion or Function? Removable Deployment Systems by Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School   (Apr 2018) Homepage Features

If you are considering an RDS, you need to determine whether the use of such a system is necessary and appropriate for the activities you plan to engage in.

NTSB to Consider Stricter Part 91 Regulations   (Feb 2021) Top Three Homepage
2021 USPA Safety Day A Parachutist Special Edition   (Feb 2021) Big One 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.

Hard Openings and How to Avoid Them By Jim Crouch   (Feb 2021) 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.

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.

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.

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

2020 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships Cancelled   (Dec 2020) Competition USPA.org News Homepage USPA Competition News
Safety Check | Ron Bell’s Letter to Santa By Ron Bell   (Dec 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

This year, my wish list is all about the basics that make skydiving safer.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Spencer Hopp   (Dec 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

Ever since I was a little kid, doctors told me that I would be limited to certain activities because I was born with spina bifida. I never even entertained the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, and anyway, skydiving was something that terrified me. That all would change after going to Skydive Perris in California.

A Quarter Century of Service—USPA Says Farewell to Executive Director Ed Scott By Nancy Koreen   (Dec 2020) Features

Twenty-five years is no small amount of anyone’s lifetime. A quarter of a century. Roughly one-third of the lifespan of an average American male. And the number of years Ed Scott has dedicated to the U.S. Parachute Association, the sport of skydiving and skydivers across the United States and around the world.

Ascension—Magician David Blaine Inspires with Dreamlike Skydiving Stunt By Communications Associate Luke Jones   (Oct 2020) Features

On the morning of September 2, 9-year-old Dessa Blaine looked up above the small town of Page, Arizona, and saw her father, David, become a tiny dot in the sky.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Terrence McGrath   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

I became interested in skydiving my senior year in high school after watching a night demo jump into the school’s stadium. I approached the jumper and asked how I could participate.

Insurance Claims Underscore the Costs of Complacency   (Oct 2020) Parachutist Safety & Training

I've insured skydiving airplanes for 25 years. In that time, I've paid for about 50 heavily damaged or totaled turbine skydiving aircraft. That's a lot of bent iron … unnecessarily bent iron. If you wonder why your insurance costs are so high, let me say it again: 50 heavily damaged or destroyed airplanes! There seems to be an insidious common thread in 85 percent of these accidents, and that’s the lack of following a checklist.

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story By Bill Booth   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By William Mitchell   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.

Will Kitto | D-33634 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.

Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward   (Oct 2020) People Five Minute Call

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.

Incident Reports   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training

Reports in this column have been compiled by the USPA Safety & Training Department from information received from the field and are the most accurate reports possible through such input. They are printed in Parachutist for their educational value.

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