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Braked Parachute Flight—A Life-Saving Skill for Every Skydiver By Jim Crouch   (Jun 2021) Features

For many years, most jumpers regarded the parachute as a necessary evil. It was simply the device that stopped the freefall, allowing the jumper to survive the skydive in order to make another freefall.

Riding Across Virginia for the U.S. Parachute Team By USPA Executive Director Albert Berchtold   (Jun 2021) People

I was about to ride 533 miles across Virginia—west along the Potomac River, then through the mountains to the famous red caboose in Damascus in the southwest corner of the state. It would be a multi-day ride with 33,000 feet of climbing. My stomach had butterflies.

Breaking Barriers—A Look at Women in the Sport on the 10th Anniversary of SIS By Director of Sport Promotion Shanon Searls   (Jun 2021) People Features

In 2021, the USPA Sisters in Skydiving program celebrates its 10th anniversary!

If You Build It—The 2021 4-Way Formation Skydiving Beginner Class Test Event By USPA Director of Competition and Records Steve Hubbard   (Jun 2021) Competition

For the first time, USPA is hosting a beginner 4-way formation skydiving competition at Nationals.

June 2021 Cover   (Jun 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Tim Parrant | D-34622

Wingsuit flyer Dani Roman orbits skysurfer Juan Ventura Sanchez Finguer and belly-flyer Pete Allum at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

Tales from the Bonfire—57 Balloons By Kevin Walsh   (Jun 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

It was 8 a.m. on the first day of the year 1984. I was a young guy outside a hangar in Stow, Massachusetts, hooked into a 151-foot-tall tower of helium balloons that I called “Aprealis.”

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Michael Williams   (Jun 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

Just a few years ago, I felt that my dreams of returning to flying were over. I had gotten my private-pilot license in the ’90s, but life got in the way, so I had not been flying for more than 20 years.

Centerspread   (Jun 2021) Featured Photos Centerspread
Tim Mattson | D-15587 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2021) People Profiles

Tim Mattson started skydiving in 1991 and soon got involved in freefly, which was just emerging as a discipline. By 1997 he was traveling the globe on the SSI Pro Tour with team MadStyle.

Former USPA Executive Director Laura MacKenzie, D-2121, Passes Away   (May 2021) People News Homepage USPA

The first and only female executive director for USPA, Laura MacKenzie passed away after a long illness on Saturday, May 22.

Safety Check | Simple Rules By Ron Bell   (May 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

It is natural to think that accidents will happen only to other skydivers, those who court disaster by idiotically violating every rule in the book. And although it is true that they will take most of the heat, even the most experienced and responsible skydivers are not immune to a bad roll of the dice. That’s why it’s important to master the few basic skills you learned during training so you can stay calm under pressure.

Making it Happen in 2021 with P3 By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (May 2021) Event News
Return to the Center of the World—The 2021 Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion   (May 2021) People

During the weekend of March 4-7, many of the earliest pioneers of sport parachuting converged in Felicity, California, for yet another grand reunion.

PIA Recognizes Former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch   (May 2021) People Homepage USPA

In a May 18 press release, Mike Beck, chair of the Parachute Industry Association Awards Committee, announced that the organization has selected former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Couch to receive the 2019 PIA Distinguished Leadership Award. 

Ask A Rigger—Kill-Line Pilot Chutes By Derek Vanboeshoten   (May 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
Tales from the Bonfire By Luke Daly   (May 2021) People
Are These Winds OK to Jump In? By Jason Russell   (May 2021) Safety & Training