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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.)

Closing In Photo by Nikko Mamallo   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

Austin Larman (top left) and Josh Sattler fly above (from foreground) Erick Herrhaeger, Andy Farrington and Braden Roseborough during sunset at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

USPA and Seed Filmworks Present "Save Our Sky"   (Dec 2020) Homepage News Homepage USPA

This 20-minute documentary shares the stories of all those who call Dillingham Airfield home and conveys what will be lost if the Hawaii legislature chooses to close the airfield.
It takes just ONE MINUTE to send an email to Hawaii legislators asking them to save Dillingham Airfield. We have made taking action easy by setting up a form for skydivers, aviators and Hawaii residents here:

Melissa Lowe Elected USPA National Director   (Dec 2020) Industry News News Homepage USPA
2020 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships Cancelled   (Dec 2020) Competition News Homepage USPA Competition News
December 2020 Cover   (Dec 2020) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Craig Amrine | D-23425

Vanessa Larroca participates in the Flips and Shenanigans freestyle event and competition at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Centerspread By Kevin Latz | C-48875   (Dec 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

Kelly Turbeville and Erika Schneid freefly at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

Keep an Eye Out | Missing Reserve Ripcord   (Dec 2020) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

When a jumper inspected his United Parachute Technologies Vector after receiving a reserve repack, he noticed that his rigger had neglected to secure the reserve ripcord to the reserve pin.

Safety Check | Ron Bell’s Letter to Santa By Ron Bell   (Dec 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

This year, my wish list is all about the basics that make skydiving safer.

Tales from the Bonfire | Flying Backwards, PLF, Explosion By Sandy Harper-Calliham   (Dec 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire
How Skydiving Changed My Life By Spencer Hopp   (Dec 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

Ever since I was a little kid, doctors told me that I would be limited to certain activities because I was born with spina bifida. I never even entertained the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, and anyway, skydiving was something that terrified me. That all would change after going to Skydive Perris in California.

Gearing Up By Ed Scott   (Dec 2020) Gearing Up

This is my 144th and final Gearing Up column since becoming USPA’s Executive Director in December 2007.

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.

Executive Director Update November 2020   (Nov 2020) Industry News News

Incoming Executive Director Albert Berchtold updates USPA members on matters of the organization. Learn more at OR Blue Skies!

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.