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Leo Dickinson of Griswold, England took this picture of jumpers leaving from a Casa 212 over Spain. Courtesy: British Parachute Association.
The classic student-in-tow nightmare was recreated for the cameras of Leo Dickinson, co-conspirator with Pete Reynolds on the continuing Wally Gubbins project. (See story, this issue.) Dickinson, a native of England, has made 54 television documentaries since his first one in 1970. The inset photo is of Gregory Robertson, who saved an unconscious fellow jumper by pulling her reserve ripcord. (See related story.)
USPA has sent more than 60 of the most accomplished U.S. skydivers to Siberia to compete in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships-Mondial. The action starts August 10, and the competition runs through August 20. To follow along behind-the-scenes, follow our Instagram page where we are posting daily stories from the event: https://www.instagram.com/skydiveuspa
In the beginning, there was accuracy or, as it was called at the time, “spot jumping.”
Without Jacques-André Istel, the sport of parachuting would not be what it is today.
November 2, 1968, was a beautiful clear Saturday. I had just turned 19 and was a 145-pound freshman at the University of Houston when I went to the Galveston Skydivers in Dickinson, 30 miles away.
In the days of belly-mounted reserves, baggy mustard-colored jumpsuits and scuffed white plastic helmets, jumpers dreamed only of flying relative to one another.
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.
After having great success in Europe over the past four years, the LSD (Level, Slot, Dock) Skills Camps made their way to the U.S., landing at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, in July.
Instructor Matt Leonard of Superior Flight Solutions films James Deller’s landing for use in the debrief during a canopy course at Jumptown in Orange Massachusetts.
Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.
Risk mitigation and the decision-making process surrounding risk mitigation is an important part of the foundation of safety.
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.
Halloween is all about chocolate, taking candy from strangers and, apparently, flying really fast parachutes at one another—at least for attendees of the debut Flock and Flow camp, held at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, during Halloween weekend.
The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.
Marylou Laughlin, D-12418, started skydiving in 1988 and soon became heavily involved in competition, first as a competitor, then as a judge.
Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.
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.
Each year for the past decade, the International Skydiving Museum has inducted a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony and banquet for the 10 newest honorees will take place during the 2019 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration October 17-19 at Skydive Perris in California.
No great adventure was ever achieved by staring at a phone. Well, unless you’re a skydiver who spotted a post on social media about a Huey-helicopter-based innhopp (a nomadic skydiving adventure where you’re not told the itinerary) in Namibia, Africa, and decided to sign up! Noted innhopp organizer Even Rokne and aerial cinematographer Tommy Papatango put together the event, which included jumps into 23 locations, overnight stays at five-star lodges and an adventure spanning 1,600-miles.