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Safety Check | Harness-and-Container Fit By Jim Crouch   (Aug 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Safety Check

A properly sized and adjusted harness-and-container is essential to your safety both in freefall and under canopy. It’s likely that many jumpers who are reading this right now are in real danger of coming out of their harnesses during their next skydives and don’t even realize it.

Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Aug 2018) Homepage Features

After exiting properly for your wingsuit skydive (covered in “Wingsuit Progression—Part Two: Exits,” July Parachutist), you still have the rest of your jump ahead of you. All skydives require planning and careful execution, but wingsuit skydives require just a little extra.

August 2018 Cover   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Roy Wimmer Jaglom  |  USPA #279679
Matt Leonard from Team Control Tower flies his canopy over new USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Bovec in Slovenia.

Bill Wenger | D-3774 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2018) People Profiles

Bill Wenger, D-3774 and a U.S. Army Golden Knight from 1974-1980, has dedicated much of his life to coaching and developing military skydivers, bringing dozens of teams to the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. He helped pioneer the 8-way FS discipline and earned numerous medals in FS and accuracy at national and world competitions. His peers describe him as “a great guy,” “humble,” “hard working” and “a great father” (to current Golden Knight Jason Wenger).

How Skydiving Changed My Life by Deb Wright-Risley   (Jul 2018) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

I am by no means a skydiver, but skydiving did truly change my life!

After I had a heart-crushing breakup, my friend Jenn told me how she once went skydiving to feel alive again after hitting rock bottom. Completely devastated, I agreed, and we made tandem appointments at Freefall Adventures (now called Skydive Cross Keys) in New Jersey. Little did I know that fate had plans for me.

Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Jul 2018) Homepage Features

The subject of wingsuit exits—specifically, in what order wingsuit flyers should exit and how to conduct the exits—seems to cause a lot of confusion and worry among wingsuit flyers themselves, as well as other jumpers at the DZ. Much of this confusion and worry can be resolved by simply doing a little pre-planning before boarding the aircraft.  

Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly By Axis Flight School   (Jul 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Foundations of Flight
Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at

Red, Green, Blue or Yellow? by Steven Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP   (Jun 2018) Homepage Features

Competing  in  4-way  formation  skydiving  can  be  a  lot  of  fun  and  also  very  challenging.  It’s  the  kind  of  sport  you  can  enjoy  casually  on  the weekend  or  devote  your  life  to  (like  the  members  of  SDC  Rhythm  XP  do)! If  you’re  thinking  of  participating,  you’ll  first  need  to  learn  a  little about  the  formations  and  the  five  positions  on  the  team.

Danji “DJ” Marvin | D-22292 by Brian Giboney   (Jun 2018) Profiles

Danji “DJ” Marvin, D-22292, is an influential and safety-conscious AFF Instructor Examiner, Tandem Instructor Examiner and Coach Examiner who owns and runs The Ratings Center instructional ratings school. Marvin, along with co-host Nick Lott, also shares his enthusiasm and passion for the sport on Gravity Lab Radio. 

Wingsuit Progression Part 1: What You Should Learn In Your First Flight Course By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Jun 2018) Homepage Features

It sounds like a lot when you don’t yet have them. But in reality, 200 skydives is not that many. And in some cases, it’s not enough to prepare the jumper for the added complexity of flying a wingsuit, which adds risk and reduces comfort during almost every phase of a jump from exiting the plane to deploying the parachute.

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.

More Than the Sum of Its Jumps By Annette O’Neil   (May 2018) Homepage Features

Operation Enduring Warrior Helps Combat-Wounded Veterans Take Flight

Skydiving Makes a Difference: A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities

Busy Days in San Antonio—The 2018 USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting A USPA Staff Report   (May 2018) Features

San Antonio, an anchor of the Texas Triangle (an area of the state containing five major cities and 70 percent of its population), attracted Texas-sized crowds for the USPA Board of Directors meeting March 2-4. The winter meeting, one of the most well-attended USPA meetings in history, contained three days of full agendas and an evening of camaraderie along the Riverwalk after Saturday’s annual USPA General Membership Meeting.

How to Fight Your Demons—An Elite Skydiver Gets Real About Self-Doubt by Annette O’Neil   (Apr 2018) Features

When I talked to Ari Perelman at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, he was having the first weather-hold day of his Arizona Airspeed career—which was, on that date, just about a year old. That’s Arizona for you.

Why Marian Sparks Jumps for the Rose (And Why You Should Too, No Matter Where You Call Home) By Annette O’Neil   (Apr 2018) Homepage Features

Skydiving Makes a Difference—A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities.

Kiss Pass by Matthew Files   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

“Kiss Pass”  
Oil on Canvas

Matthew Files | B-42132
South Weymouth, Massachusetts 

How Skydiving Changed My Life by Carey Peck   (Mar 2018) Homepage How Skydiving Changed My Life

One afternoon in the fall of 1988, I quit my job as head of marketing for a bank and broke up my marriage of 10 years … all within a 30-minute span. Not long after that, I took up skydiving.

Dusty Hanks | D-18969 by Brian Giboney   (Feb 2018) Homepage Profiles

Dusty Hanks is a family man, four-time USPA Nationals gold medalist, world champion, world record holder and all-around good guy. Like Jason Russell and Jake Jensen, two of his teammates on 4-way vertical formation skydiving team SDC Core, he is a former motocross racer turned professional skydiver. SDC Core successfully defended its 4-way VFS national championship at the 2017 USPA Nationals and will represent the U.S. at the world championships in 2018.

Finding the FLOW by Shannon Pilcher   (Jan 2018) Homepage Features

Whether we realize it or not, we are all trying to find balance between risk and passion. Have you ever thought about why it is you do what you do? What it is that you love about it? Well, part of it is the unique state of mind that comes over us. It feels unlike anything else we do.

99 Problems, But The Wind Ain’t One by Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School   (Jan 2018) Homepage Features

When a canopy pilot moves through air that is itself moving, that air continuously affects the parachute’s speed and path over the ground. When you are trying to make it back to the landing area, merely pointing the canopy’s nose toward the target may not be enough. If you do not compensate for the effects of the surface winds, you will most likely miss your target. Given that wind conditions change constantly, being able to properly read and compensate for them is an important skill set for students and competition pilots alike.