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Flip through the pages of back issues from September 1957 to today as if you were holding the real magazine! Once you open an issue, swipe the hand icon to the left to begin reading. (You may need to disable your pop-up blocker to view.)

Tales from the Bonfire By Ed Kruse   (Feb 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

In 1962, I was in winter training with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Chuting Stars, in El Centro, California. One day, we were quite surprised to see Jacques-André Istel, president of the Parachute Club of America (USPA’s predecessor organization), arrive in his shiny new Cessna 182.

Stewart McArthur | D-24588 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2021) People Profiles

Stewart McArthur, D-24588, is a British skydiver who now lives in the U.S. Since his first jump on Halloween Day in 1989, he has racked up a wide variety of skydiving and aviation accomplishments.

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.

Rating Corner—Reminder for PRO Applicants   (Feb 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

During the 2019 summer board meeting, USPA adopted and implemented an updated PRO-rating program with new jump requirements, qualifying areas and distances (the old standard of 10 accuracy jumps into a 32-foot circle no longer applies) and types of qualifying canopies.

Saving Dillingham By Communications Associate Luke Jones | Photos by Lindsay Wheeler   (Feb 2021) Homepage Features

Each year, roughly 55,000 Oahu locals and tourists visit Dillingham Airfield to skydive, glide and fly.

Celebrating Our Female History Makers By Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.   (Feb 2021) People Features
Anemometer By Albert Berchtold   (Feb 2021) Homepage Anemometer

I’ve renamed this column “Anemometer,” as I intend to convey how the wind blows by providing information that USPA members will want to know.

USPA Is Working for You   (Jan 2021) Homepage News Homepage USPA

The USPA Board of Directors held its fifth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 29-31. For the second time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for USPA members to observe and over 130 USPA members registered to attend the virtual meeting.

ISC Plans for August Mondial Despite Ongoing Challenges   (Jan 2021) Event News Industry News

At its January meeting, the International Skydiving Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (world skydiving’s governing body), continued its discussions regarding the fate of the 2020 (rescheduled to 2021) World Skydiving Championships Mondial in Russia in August.

Jump Like a Pharaoh A Parachutist Photo Essay   (Jan 2021) Parachutist Event News Features

The country of Egypt has no civilian drop zones, but that doesn’t stop Skydive Egypt—a club of jumpers who are working to promote the sport in their country—from putting together spectacular boogies that feature jumps over the Great Pyramids of Giza.

USPA Sees Record Low Fatalities in 2020   (Jan 2021) Industry News

Eleven people died during sport skydives in the United States during the last year, marking the lowest number of fatalities in any year since USPA began keeping records in 1961, when there were 14 fatalities.

Members: Attend the January 29-31 Board Meeting Via Zoom   (Jan 2021) Homepage News Homepage USPA

USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting January 29-31 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

January 2021 Cover   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

James Davis dives toward a building formation during the Wuest Ways event at Skydive Perris in California.

Keep an Eye Out | Leg-Strap Damage   (Jan 2021) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

While inspecting a rig prior to a reserve repack, a Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger discovered that the yellow indicator threads on the webbing of the leg straps were severed.

Rating Corner | Hand-Camera Hazards   (Jan 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Tandem instructors began using hand-mounted video cameras (aka handcams or handicams) in the last 20 years or so, and in the last decade, their use has become commonplace.

Safety Check | Sound Judgment By Ron Bell   (Jan 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

Often, USPA receives incident reports that describe a chain of bad decisions that led to an injury. Many of these reports recount instances where a jumper spent far too long working on something that felt fixable but wasn’t. So, it is refreshing to receive a report that ends with the words, “I stayed altitude aware, trusted my training and had a safe, smooth landing.”

Meet the Executive Director—Albert Berchtold | D-27832 A USPA Staff Report   (Jan 2021) Homepage Features
Centerspread Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Centerspread Records

Camera flyer Matt Biggs shoots a formation building during the North Carolina State Record Attempts at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford.

Doug Barron | D-30343 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2021) People Profiles

Doug Barron, D-30343 and a member of 4-way formation skydiving team SDC Rhythm XP, made an amazing comeback in the sport after being severely injured in 2018.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Ryan Bartik   (Jan 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

My brother always talked about going skydiving, so I made the decision to go try it in his memory.