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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.

Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12 By Ron Bell   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

Jumping—usually from a structure—accounts for 5.8 percent of all suicides in the United States, and has an 85 percent success rate, which is similar to suicide by firearm.

Featured Event Photo by Garth Baker | USPA #346098   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

Sven Jeseppi swoops in during a speed round at the Florida Canopy Piloting Association meet at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Featured DZ Photo by Andrew Matsis | D-38560   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

Brendan Greeley (left) and wingsuit flyer Alexander Lemaire carve around each other at Skydive Danielson.

Closing In Photo by Reto Nyffenegger I D-29695   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

Mirjam Grossenbacher enjoys a freefly jump at USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Switzerland in Reichenbach.

September 2020 Cover   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Josiah Rich and Jason Brigmon of U.S. Freestyle Team Axiom XP make a training jump at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

September 10, 1995—A Tragic Case of Normalization of Deviance By Jim Crouch   (Sep 2020) Features

On September 10, 1995, 10 skydivers, a pilot and one person on the ground died when a jump plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the West Point Airport (now called the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport) in West Point, Virginia.

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.

Skydiving Health and Fitness—Stretches for Getting Back to Skydiving By Dr. Nancy Grieger, DPT, of Blue Skies Physical Therapy   (Sep 2020) Features

Over the past six months, COVID-19 restrictions have paused the active and busy lives we lead. This, of course, has extended to skydiving.

Sky-High Celebration—Independence Day Events Around the Country A Parachutist Pictorial   (Sep 2020) Features
USPA Cancels 2020 Nationals   (Aug 2020) Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

On August 17 USPA’s board of directors convened a meeting to discuss whether to hold or cancel the 2020 USPA National Championships.

USPA to Hold Summer Board Meeting in Nashville with Options for Remote Attendance   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

As of August 14, USPA’s board of directors has committed to holding its scheduled meeting of September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nationals 2020 Update (August 5, 2020)   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

USPA is still determining whether a 2020 USPA Nationals can be conducted safely and if so, how. USPA is exploring options while trying to ensure competitors in all disciplines/events have an opportunity to compete.

Brian Naiman Elected USPA Pacific Regional Director   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

The results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Pacific Regional Director seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

USPA Seeks New National Director   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

The USPA Board of Directors is seeking a USPA member to fill an upcoming board vacancy that will be created when Albert Berchtold resigns his national director seat this fall to assume the executive director position at USPA Headquarters.

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. 

Gearing Up By Ed Scott   (Aug 2020) Homepage Gearing Up

There are three opportunities for USPA members to participate in important skydiving gatherings in the coming months.

“Natural Transition” By Annalisa Beery   (Aug 2020) People Featured Art

“Natural Transition”
Ink on paper

Annalisa Beery

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.

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.