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Ask a Rigger | How Do I Know If My Rig is “Freefly Friendly”?   (Nov 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
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.

Ask a Rigger—How Do I Know If My Brake Lines are the Correct Length? By Kevin Gibson   (Jun 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
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.

Ask a Rigger | How Do I Know When My AAD Needs Service? By Kevin Gibson   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

Keeping track of the manufacturer’s requirements for every year and model of AAD has become a really daunting task for riggers. They really need the help of the owner.

Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling By Kevin Gibson   (Sep 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.

Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle! By Kevin Gibson   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

Far too often, skydivers face difficulties pulling their pilot chutes, and the results are often far too serious.

Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up By Doug Garr   (Jul 2020) Features

On a beautiful, cloudless Saturday afternoon last April, Team Fastrax, a professional exhibition team based at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, boarded their Caravan to make a demo like no other before.

Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced? By Kevin Gibson   (Jan 2020) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

Like just about any innovation or improvement, the hip rings introduced to make a skydiving harness more flexible for freestyle and freeflying have a downside. If the harness is fitted correctly so the two ends of the leg strap at the ring seldom or never make contact, no wear should appear.

Ask a Rigger What is the Difference Between a Senior and a Master Rigger, and What’s a DPRE?   (May 2019) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

The term “rigger” comes from sailing. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Parachute Rigger Handbook, the only place clean enough and big enough for riggers to work on parachutes in the early days was upstairs in an aircraft hangar, hence the term “rigging loft.”

Ask a Rigger | Bottoms Up By Kevin Gibson   (Dec 2018) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

Q: Some rigs have the main bridle routed top to bottom over the closing flaps, and some rigs have bridles that come out from underneath the closing pin and then back down the same direction. Which is more correct?

One Silent Weekend by Kevin Gibson   (Sep 2018) Parachutist Homepage

In the days following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation reorganized its priorities. While President Bush called for a return to life as normal in America, no group outside New York City, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia felt the sting as much as civil aviation.

Stay Calm and Open Straight by Kevin Gibson   (Mar 2018) Homepage Safety Check

If your canopy flies straight both in brakes and with the brakes released but it turns to the right on opening, you have a common problem that frequently has a simple, no-cost solution.

What kind of hardware is best for my rig?   (Nov 2017) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

When choosing a new or used rig, the metal hardware used in the 3-ring assembly and for harness adjustments matters a lot. Inattention to this detail can make or break a good used gear deal. If you’re getting new gear, some of those great sales and discount deals might be due to hardware choice.

How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly?   (Oct 2017) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

The length between the “cat’s eye” (the opening in the line where you set your brakes before packing) and the steering toggle can greatly influence whether you have smooth flights and great landings. An incorrect brake length can hamper ideal performance from your canopy, and the causes vary. Working with your rigger, you should be able to address any issues without spending a lot of money.

Omar Alhegelan | D-16239 by Brian Giboney   (Apr 2017) Parachutist Profiles

Omar Alhegelan was a pioneer in the discipline of freeflying in the 1990s as a member of the Freefly Clowns with Charles Bryan, Stefania Martinengo, Mike Vail and Olav Zipser. Known for being Zen in freefall, he has won 11 gold medals at national and international competitions and has performed stunts and acted in numerous commercials, TV shows and movies. An international traveler who is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish, Alhegelan has skydived in numerous places, including the North Pole and Mount Everest. Most recently, he organized a skydiving excursion to Antarctica. Along with skydiving, Alhegelan is now giving motivational speeches and Facebook Live talks on happiness and other topics.

Travel Tips by Jim Crouch   (Feb 2013) Homepage Features Safety Check

Whether it is a visit to a nearby drop zone during a weekend of normal jump operations or a long trip to a boogie or other special event, it is fun and exciting to head out for new adventures. But it can also be intimidating, especially if you are new to the sport and leaving the nest for the first time. A little planning and preparation will go a long way toward making your experience fun and painless.

A Low-Cost Life Saver by Kevin Gibson | Photos Courtesy of Bird's Paradise Extreme Resort   (Jan 2010) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

How do I make a closing loop?  How do I know if mine needs replacing?

Just Keep Flying—Wing Suit Transitions By Patrick Kramer and Alex Knaub   (Nov 2021) Recent News
October 2021 Cover   (Oct 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Kevin Kierce | D-14562

Doug Pinkham and Linnea Norby celebrate one year of dating with a jump from a Sikorsky 59T helicopter during the Perris Sky Rave boogie at Skydive Perris in California.


Back-Tracking —A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Sep 2021) People Featured Photos
Tales from the Bonfire—57 Balloons By Kevin Walsh   (Jun 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

It was 8 a.m. on the first day of the year 1984. I was a young guy outside a hangar in Stow, Massachusetts, hooked into a 151-foot-tall tower of helium balloons that I called “Aprealis.”

Making it Happen in 2021 with P3 By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (May 2021) Event News
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.

Centerspread By Kevin Latz | C-48875   (Dec 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

Kelly Turbeville and Erika Schneid freefly at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

August 2020 Cover   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

At Skydive Perris in California, the Top Flite team, led by Kevin Kierce, flies a 16-way during its first skills camp since the DZ re-opened. 

Five Reasons You Should Attend Nationals A USPA Staff Report   (Aug 2020) Features

The camaraderie, the spirit of competition and the drama keep jumpers returning to Nationals year after year, but it’s also more than that. The reasons people attend Nationals are as varied as the disciplines showcased at the event.