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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down By Joel Strickland   (Nov 2019) Safety & Training Foundations of Flight

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at

How to Train Your Brain By Annette O’Neil   (Nov 2019) Features

Think about the skydivers you’ve met over the years who drifted away. Nothing happened, per se; they just ... well ... disappeared. Some of this attrition is natural. The pressures of finances, family and career come into play. But have you wondered how much attrition owes directly to repetitive stress injuries on these athletes’ minds?

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard   (Nov 2019) Features

The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.

Safety Check | Fatigue By Ron Bell   (Oct 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

With the dog days of summer behind us and the home stretch of the skydiving season approaching, it’s important for jumpers to keep their guards up. July is typically the most fatal month in sheer numbers, but the fatality rate stays consistently high through October, even as the season begins winding down.

Jumping From Space 101—Alan Eustace Talks Us In By Annette O”Neil   (Oct 2019) Features

So, late in the fall of 2014, you watched Alan Eustace get tugged 25 miles into the stratosphere by a balloon that for all the world looked like a big, white map pin.

Surfing the Skies By Keith Snyder   (Oct 2019) Features

Skysurfing has experienced a comeback in recent years, and fortunately, the drop zones of the world are helping to keep our skies safe by not blindly allowing just anyone to grab a board and attempt it. Most DZs insist that new skysurfers receive proper guidance from those with experience … and for good reason.

Welcome to the Apocalypse—The Big O Boogie A Parachutist Pictorial   (Oct 2019) Features

The name of this year’s giant boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia—the Apocalyptic Big O Boogie—could not have been more fitting.

Letters A Coincidence   (Sep 2019) People Letters

While waiting in the loading area for the Caravan to land, I and a group of other jumpers witnessed a skydiver under a reserve canopy with his main pilot chute trailing.

Chasing the Spaceball 2.0 By Annette O’Neil   (Sep 2019) Features

Sebastian Alvarez, D-32538, was a pro surfer and a Chilean Air Force pilot (flying helicopters and planes alike) in his home country before he donned his first wingsuit.

Safety check | EPs and Your Gear By Jim Crouch   (Aug 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

In the early 1990s, a skydiver reported that an automatic activation device saved his life. This jumper experienced a main parachute malfunction and pulled his cutaway handle but never pulled his reserve ripcord.

Rough Going—The 14th FAI World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing Article and photos by Lindy Leach   (Aug 2019) Features

Many top world-class competitors had a difficult time at the 14th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing in Cordoba, Argentina, May 18-26, and the members of the U.S. Accuracy Team were no exception.

What’s to Be Done About Skydiving Aircraft Crashes? By Paul Bertorelli   (Aug 2019) Features

Robert Crandall, the longtime CEO of American Airlines, once said the industry is always in the grip of its dumbest competitor. A corollary for general aviation—if there is one—is that the perception of safety is always set by the latest horrific accident.

Creating a Better Brain Bucket—Skydiving Helmets Step Toward Safety Standards By Annette O’Neil   (Jul 2019) Features

A good helmet once seemed like just the ticket to escape such a fate. The reality, unfortunately, is that helmets simply aren’t designed to protect people against traumatic brain injury. They can’t.

Don’t Delay, Cut Away!—The Link Between Spinning Malfunctions and Difficult Cutaways By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (Jul 2019) Features Safety & Training

There have been five skydiving fatalities in the U.S. as of May 15 of this year. Four of those involved spinning malfunctions. To raise awareness of this problem, USPA is initiating an educational campaign: Don’t Delay, Cut Away!

Tales from the Bonfire | Go Visit Your Friends By Dan Gingold   (Jun 2019) People Tales from the Bonfire

In February, I survived a low-altitude canopy collision with another parachutist while skydiving at a busy drop zone in Southern California. We wrapped and came spinning down to crash land on an RV supply parts warehouse. I punched a hole through the roof and was knocked unconscious, yet miraculously, the worst injury I suffered was a badly broken wrist. The other jumper hit a second or two after me and broke two ribs.

John Mitchell | D-6462 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2019) People Profiles

John Mitchell, D-6462, started skydiving in 1974 and has been a positive presence in the sport since the first day he set foot on a DZ. He is a longtime AFF, static-line and tandem instructor and a weekend fun jumper who is always willing to jump with others, regardless of skill or experience.

Jockeying for Position Adjusting Your Deployment Technique for Better Openings By Annette O’Neil   (Jun 2019) Features

John LeBlanc, vice president at Performance Designs, loves “flying everything that can be flown.” He’s been doing just that for more than 40 years (since age 16, as a matter of fact), and he’s been designing parachutes for 35 of them. Over the course of those years of intense testing, LeBlanc has unsurprisingly suffered more than his share of openings that were slappers.

Featured DZ Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992   (May 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

From left, Vicky Benzing, Matt Beaubien and Terry Burch make a balloon jump at Skydive Arizona.

Thin Air—Busting Lingering Myths about Hypoxia By Annette O’Neil   (May 2019) Features

Hey, skydiver: What’s your mental image of hypoxia? Do you immediately picture a plane full of sport jumpers laughing like drunks and falling all over each other? If so, you’re not alone, and there’s also a good chance that you think a) you’ve never been hypoxic; b) hypoxia is just something that happens on high-altitude jumps when the oxygen system is on the fritz; and c) you know what to look for.

The thing is: You’re not actually right about any of that.

The Earth is My Drop Zone—Handling Off-Landings Safely By Paul Sitter   (May 2019) Features

We live in the age of GPS spots, turbine aircraft and high-performance ram-air main and reserve parachutes that have lots of forward speed. So, we’re finished landing off the drop zone, right? Unfortunately, not! Murphy’s law—the foundational rule of skydiving—says, “If it can go wrong, it will.”

Maybe you are on a big-way dive or in a tracking contest or really finding out what your wingsuit can do. Maybe the weather is tricky or your exit delayed. No matter the situation, when you open your canopy and find the drop zone is w-a-a-a-y farther away than you wanted, your plan went wrong. So, how can you avoid this situation? And what can you do when it inevitably does come up?