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Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead By Rick Thues   (Aug 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

I was in a 2-way with my good friend (in freefall, OK?). She had only 100 jumps, and I had more than 2,000.

One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week by Carol Jones and Doug Garr   (Jul 2018) Features

The record series kicked off on April 20. First up was the three-day JOS world record event. Thirty-two skydivers in their 70s from Canada, Germany, Sweden and the U.S. participated.

Follow the USPA Nationals October 15-31!   (Nov 2021) Competition Homepage USPA
Letters Membership Card Disappointment   (Jan 2020) People Letters

The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard   (Nov 2019) Features

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.

Letters A Reality We Can Achieve   (Jul 2019) People Letters

Hats off to Jim Crouch’s article “A Record Low—the 2018 Fatality Summary” (April Parachutist). Crouch’s article points out the significance of the fatality index rate being at its lowest ever in our sport: one in 254,000 jumps (or 0.39 per 100,000 jumps).

Letters Reporting Non-Fatal Incidents   (Jun 2019) People Letters

Thank you, Ed Scott, for your “Gearing Up” in April’s Parachutist. We need to report our incidents so we can understand potential problems and deal with them early. Our personal influence on safety can have an overall impact of reducing injuries in the sport. It isn’t the rules; it’s the behaviors. With the fatality rate being less than 1 per 100,000, we need to focus on near misses. Incident reporting increases our opportunity to get ahead of our injuries and fatalities.

Part 16 By Ed Scott   (May 2019) Homepage Gearing Up

Since 2009, USPA has participated in eight successful Part 16 complaints. Seven were outright wins. A Part 16 win strengthens the concept that skydiving must be given airport access unless there are strong, verifiable safety reasons for denial.

DZO Wins Part 16 Appeal USPA Staff   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

In December 2017, Luther Kurtz, DZO of the Phoenix Skydive Center, prevailed in his Federal Aviation Administration Part 16 formal complaint against the City of Casa Grande, Arizona. Kurtz alleged that the city’s denial of access to his skydiving business was discriminatory and thus violated the city’s FAA grant obligation to accommodate all types of aeronautical activities.

Public-use Airport Numbers Decline By Ed Scott   (Nov 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

Today, USPA membership stands at 40,512 and continues growing with over a half-million people in the U.S. making their first jumps every year. General aviation, however, is still in a downward arc despite the best efforts of general aviation groups to attract and keep more pilots.

Camaraderie and Community The 35th FAI Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships   (Nov 2018) Homepage Features

Determining world champions is not the only purpose for holding world championships. Promoting the sport, exchanging knowledge and information and strengthening friendly relationships between participating nations are equally important. The 35th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships at Dropzone Erden near Montana, Bulgaria, August 24-31 offered the chance to do all of those things.

The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships By Steve Hubbard   (Nov 2018) Homepage Features

Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, hosted the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships September 4-18. This was the first time the mid-sized Midwestern drop zone hosted a national championships and despite a few unexpected challenges, DZO Doug Smith, Director of Marketing Becky Johns and the rest of the CSC staff rose to the occasion to ensure a successful event.

The Age of Authority A Parachutist Pictorial | Photos By Norman Kent   (Oct 2018) Homepage Features

The 75-Way Skydivers Over Sixty World Record for Largest Formation Skydive

Organizers: T.J. Hine, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger

Record Holders:

Andy Anderson, Michael Anderson, Pat Arthur, Art Barchie, David Benjamin, Betty Bennett, John Benoit, Stewart Brookes, Scott Buethe, Monique Careau, George Conwill, James Crandall, Carl Daugherty, Carlo De Martino, Kim Dobson, Jim Doyle, Valerie Estabrook, Chuck Finley, Nels Forsman, Bill Fridberg, Glenn Giamatti, Gary Greer, William Grimm, Tiiu Haamer, John Hardy, Michael Hare, Dee Hawley, Michael Hawley, Tom Hayes, T.J. Hine, Robert Johns, Ronald Johnson, John Kallend, Peter Kazmierczak, Kevin Keenan, Peter Kramer, James Krogh, Francois Leblanc, Jerry Lehnherr, Richard Luczak, Marshall Madden, William McMurry, Jeff McVey, Raymond Medley, John Mignanelli, Douglas Mullinax, George Nisson, Darrell Ogi, Richard Parrish, Dan Pillasch, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger, Cynthia Raible, Mike Raible, David Robinson, Mike Robinson, Dan Rosenthal, Jeff Saxton, Hank Schraeder, Craig Seasly, Jonathan Smith, Hank Stapel, Larry Stein, Larry Thomas, Mark Thompson, Steve Van Buren, Butch Van Lewis, Kevin Vetter, Ron Wands, Tracy Warrington, Harold White, Casey Wiggins, Paul Wold, Josh Wolfe, Peter Zimmerli

Camera Flyers: Brian Festi and Norman Kent

First Events Wrap Up at Nationals   (Sep 2018) Homepage Competition Industry News

After nearly two full days on the ground due to weather, the first events wrapped up at the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

The Warm Embrace Of Thailand By Jim McCormick   (Aug 2018) Parachutist Features

Thailand is magical. It deserves to be referred to as the “Land of Smiles.” Anyone who has been there will tell you it’s unforgettable. The air is warm and damp. Transitioning to the outdoors from an air-conditioned space feels like a warm embrace.

FAA Rules in DZO’s Favor   (Mar 2018) Homepage Five Minute Call

In a big win for skydiving, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled in favor of USPA Group Member DZ Phoenix Area Skydiving’s complaint to the FAA that the management of the Casa Grande, Arizona, airport was unfairly denying access to skydiving. Like many municipal airports, the Casa Grande airport has received federal funds for airport improvements. 

November 2017 Cover   (Nov 2017) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Daniel Angulo | D-28777

On his way to taking the gold medal in accuracy landing, Rick Kuhns approaches the tuffet during an 11th-round jump-off with fellow competitor Jimmy Drummond at the 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Parachute Nationals Completes; Freefall Nationals Underway!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
The 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships wrapped up Saturday, September 16, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The event included classic accuracy, canopy formation and canopy piloting. Despite a delayed start due to rain, blue skies prevailed the rest of the week, and the meet finished two days ahead of schedule.
December 2015 Cover   (Dec 2015) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Rick Winkler | D-32647

Team Wicked Wingsuits - on its way to winning gold in the first USPA National Championships of Acrobatic Wingsuit Flying.