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Rating Corner | The Thin Gray Line—Did you Cross it? By Ray Lallo   (Dec 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

There can never be a blanket definition of where that thin gray line is, since we all have different ideas of what is and is not offensive.

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.

Nancy Koreen | D-18240 By Brian Giboney   (Dec 2020) People Profiles

Nancy Koreen, D-18240, is a world-record-setting skydiver and freefly load organizer with more than 9,800 jumps to her credit. She has also worked behind the scenes to promote skydiving in myriad ways, rarely taking any credit.

National Director Special Election Begins!   (Nov 2020) Features News

Voting is now open for the special election to fill a National Director vacancy on the USPA Board of Directors.

Ascension—Magician David Blaine Inspires with Dreamlike Skydiving Stunt By Communications Associate Luke Jones   (Oct 2020) Features

On the morning of September 2, 9-year-old Dessa Blaine looked up above the small town of Page, Arizona, and saw her father, David, become a tiny dot in the sky.

Tales from the Bonfire | Trapped by the Door By Brian LeSchander   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

No s**t , there we were, thought we were gonna die. Fortunately, after 45 years of skydiving, I only have a few stories that begin like this.

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.

Centerspread By Norman Kent | D-8369   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

Jumpers form a big-way round, the signature formation of the 2020 Heroes Skydiving event at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Closing In Photo by Daniel Angulo   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

From top, Todd Gleason, Eric Issacs, Victor Olivo, organizer Luis Prinetto, Max Salinas and Andrei Ponomarev enjoy a sunset angle jump during the Tropical Space Camp at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

November 2020 Cover   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Craig O’Brien | D-19294

Magician and C-licensed skydiver David Blaine takes off under a cluster of weather balloons to make a nearly 25,000-foot jump over Page, Arizona, for his YouTube special event “Ascension.”

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.

(Inter)Nationals Uploaded By Tracey Holman   (Oct 2020) Features Competition

Early in the morning on Saturday, September 19, the staff at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, logged into the DZ computer to see the first video uploads already coming in from DZs in the Eastern time zone.

Insurance Claims Underscore the Costs of Complacency   (Oct 2020) Parachutist Safety & Training

I've insured skydiving airplanes for 25 years. In that time, I've paid for about 50 heavily damaged or totaled turbine skydiving aircraft. That's a lot of bent iron … unnecessarily bent iron. If you wonder why your insurance costs are so high, let me say it again: 50 heavily damaged or destroyed airplanes! There seems to be an insidious common thread in 85 percent of these accidents, and that’s the lack of following a checklist.

Should a Name Change be Considered? By Ed Scott   (Oct 2020) Homepage Gearing Up

Parachutes are beginning to disappear … or, more accurately, the word “parachute” is beginning to fade from use to describe our sport, replaced by the word “skydiving”. 

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story By Bill Booth   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By William Mitchell   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.

Will Kitto | D-33634 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.

Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92   (Oct 2020) People Five Minute Call

Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.