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Nailing The Record Photo by Steve Shorten   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

Photo By Steve Shorten | D-27932

Jumpers Paul Cochran, Art Cross, Tim Guy, Daryl Harmon, Mike McCormick, Jim Nelson, Dana Parker, Dick Pigg, Bob Summers, Jim Trimby and Ed Zell set the 11-way Indiana Skydivers Over Sixty Record for Largest Formation Skydive over Frankfort, Indiana.

2021 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships Coverage   (Jan 2022) Top News Recent News Competition Homepage USPA
Follow the USPA Nationals October 15-31!   (Nov 2021) Competition Homepage USPA
The Summer 2021 USPA Board of Directors Meeting   (Sep 2021) Event News Homepage USPA
Back-Tracking —A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Sep 2021) People Featured Photos
U.S. Parachute Team Going for Gold in Russia   (Aug 2021) Event News Competition Homepage USPA

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:

A Short Look at a Long History—The USPA National Championships A USPA Staff Report   (Jul 2021) Competition

In the beginning, there was accuracy or, as it was called at the time, “spot jumping.”

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.

Jacques-André Istel | D-2 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2021) People Profiles

Without Jacques-André Istel, the sport of parachuting would not be what it is today.

If You Build It—The 2021 4-Way Formation Skydiving Beginner Class Test Event By USPA Director of Competition and Records Steve Hubbard   (Jun 2021) Competition

For the first time, USPA is hosting a beginner 4-way formation skydiving competition at Nationals.

Back-Tracking A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Mar 2021) Features
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.

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.

Michael Kearns | D-16816 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

Michael Kearns, D-16816, began jumping in 1976 while in the military. He made more than 200 special operations jumps in 14 countries, including night jumps wearing tactical gear, and also became involved in sport skydiving.

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.

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.

The P3 Power Play 2020—The Year We’ll Never Forget (No Matter How Hard We Try) A Parachutist Photo Essay   (Sep 2020) Event News Features

From June 25-28, after months of quarantine and little to no jumping worldwide, the participants of the P3 (Perris Performance Plus) Power Play appreciated these things more than ever and promised never to take them for granted again.

Opening Shock By William Grut   (Aug 2020) People Letters

The recent accident-statistics report—“Non-Fatal Incidents Summary” by Ron Bell in the May issue of Parachutist—was interesting and prompts me to bring up, once again, the problems of opening  shock.

Nationals Update   (Jul 2020) Homepage Industry News

Due to continuing uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and after reviewing more than 450 responses to a survey of recent competitors, Skydive City Zephyrhills decided—with USPA’s full support—to decline to host the 2020 USPA Skydiving and Parachuting National Championships scheduled for October 30-November 21.

Featured DZ Photo by Nick Nash | D-36692   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

Bradley Allen hangs below Mariah Funcannon (left) and Steve Osner at Skydive Kansas City.

Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary By Jim Crouch   (Apr 2020) Features

This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.