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Travis Mills | D-27249 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2019) People Profiles

Travis Mills, D-27249, is a world-class canopy pilot who flies competitively for the PD Factory Team and is a canopy coach for Flight-1. He is also talented in freefall and has been on numerous world-record-setting big-way jumps and medaled in freestyle and vertical formation skydiving at the world championships. The most recent of his many accomplishments are winning the first meet and taking silver overall at the two-meet 2018 Swoop Freestyle World Championships and taking bronze overall at the 2018 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals.

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

USPA Achieves Milestone by Ed Scott   (Aug 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

USPA achieved a milestone—40,000 current members!

Featured Jumper By Pete Jabczynski   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

By Pete Jabczynski| D-25812

At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, T.J. Hine, D-13580, catches the photographer’s eye as he prepares to exit for his 5,000th jump.

Watch Out for Wombats! by U.S. TopPOP James Davis   (Jul 2018) Features

On April 19, 132 members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (and subgroups Skydivers Over Sixty, Jumpers Over Seventy and Jumpers Over Eighty) made the trek to the rural drop zone for the 14th POPS World Meet, temporarily increasing the town’s population by 11 percent.

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.

Featured Jumper Photo by Stephen Beck   (May 2018) To New Heights Featured Photo

Anna Rocca, B-47038, makes her first rodeo jump with Eric Peterson at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Safety Day Goes Global a Parachutist Special Section   (May 2018) Features

On March 10, skydivers across the U.S. and around the world made their way to one of the hundreds of drop zones that hosted a Safety Day event. Now in its 22nd year, Safety Day continues to be a favorite event that draws jumpers both new and old to the drop zone for a day geared toward making everyone smarter and safer. Whether attendees listened to presentations about managing canopy traffic and avoiding collisions, practiced emergency procedures (in a hanging harness using traditional methods or the virtual reality videos newly available on USPA’s website) or learned how a main-assisted-reserve- deployment (MARD) device works to extract a reserve, those who attended Safety Day thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Long Night in a Swamp Tales from the Bonfire   (Jun 2017) Parachutist People Tales from the Bonfire

As a SoCal jumper, I don't have to worry that much about landing in trees or anything green. So I took seriously memorizing the DZ's aerial photo (the kind all DZs have hanging near manifest) when I went jumping in Maine. I knew where all the tree groves were, along with power lines, ditches and other obstructions. After a couple of jumps, I got comfy with the landing pattern, and I felt I knew my way around.

The Queen Of Skydiving Carolyn Clay Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service   (Feb 2016) Features

Currently with more than 18,000 jumps and 300 hours of freefall time, Carolyn “the Queen” Clay, D-3347, from Williamsburg, Virginia, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down after 47 years of continual skydiving.

Olav Zipser | D-11733 by Brian Giboney   (Jun 2015) Homepage People Profiles

Olav Zipser spearheaded the freefly revolution of the early 1990s. He, along with a group of jumpers known as the Freefly Clowns, pioneered head-down skydiving and freeflying as we know it today. Zipser founded the Space Games freefly competition and has earned numerous championships and records, as well as an Emmy award for his work on ESPN’s “X-Games.” He has traveled extensively for decades teaching jumpers all over the world his art of freeflying, and his students say he has a Zen-like presence in the sky.

5 Things To Ask Yourself Before Downsizing By Melissa Garcia and Ella Ran   (Sep 2014) Features

It's a topic that nearly all skydivers face at some point in their skydiving careers: downsizing. And it's a discussion that the Performance Designs staff has had with numerous skydivers of all experience levels over the years. Now, with the majority of incidents in skydiving occurring under fully open (and fully functional) canopies, it’s that much more important to talk about when it is and is not appropriate to downsize. 

February 2014 Covers   (Feb 2014) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Jason Peters | D-23332
At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, 63 jumpers set the Women's World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation.

The Secrets of D.B. Cooper, Part Three - Criminal Profile by Musika Farnsworth   (Jul 2010) Homepage Features

For whatever reason, hundreds of people are convinced they know who D.B. Cooper was—or themselves admitted to being the most recognized hijacker in the world. Maybe it’s the extraordinary circumstantial evidence. Maybe it’s the desperate need for an answer. Maybe it’s a secret wish to make a difference in the world. But sometimes, no matter how hard we wish, no matter how hard we believe, we just can’t make something true. Today, the FBI has DNA from Cooper’s J.C. Penney clip-on tie that he left on the jet and partial fingerprints from the cocktail glasses he drank from while in flight. They can now quickly confirm or eliminate suspects.

June 2009 Cover   (Jun 2009) Featured Photos Covers

photo by Jason Peters | D-23332

Matt Hill exits a balloon during an advertising photo shoot over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

May 2008 Cover   (May 2008) Featured Photos Covers

Photographer Jason Peters captured this shot of the 20-way women's head-down formation that the group is claiming as a new world record, completed March 21 over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

August 2007 Cover   (Aug 2007) Featured Photos Covers

Photographer Peter Gerencser captured the shot of freeflyers chunking an exit out of the Otter above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, during Project Horizon V.

August 2006 Cover   (Aug 2006) Featured Photos Covers

Peter Wiedemann took this shot of Scott Palmer, Josh Aikins and Dan Drage posing as former United States presidents on a jump over Skydive Ogden in Utah.

June 2005 Cover   (Jun 2005) Featured Photos Covers

Photographer Jason Peters took this shot of the 53-way head-down formation that the group is claiming as a new world record, completed April 29 over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

February 2004 Cover   (Feb 2004) Featured Photos Covers

Photographer Jason Peters took this photo of a group of women exiting the Skyvan during the women's head-down world record attempts last November at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  The event yielded a 16-way world record.