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Incident Reports   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training

Reports in this column have been compiled by the USPA Safety & Training Department from information received from the field and are the most accurate reports possible through such input. They are printed in Parachutist for their educational value.

Ask a Rigger | Masks, Lenses and Fogging By Shauna Finley   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

Now that many drop zones have re-opened, most with face-mask requirements in place to help control the spread of the coronavirus, lens fogging has become a common issue.

Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight By Ron Bell   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Instructors have been performing a lot of currency training lately and overall have been doing a great job. However, our recent incident reports show that one area of emergency-procedure training could use more emphasis: low-altitude emergencies under canopy.

Safety Check | Braked Flight By Ron Bell | Photo by Tim Parrant   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

Half-braked canopy flight is a useful and life-saving skill, but recent incident reports (including the non-fatal incident reports in this issue of Parachutist) show that it is highly underutilized.

Keep an Eye Out | Hard-Opening Damage   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out
Skydiving Health and Fitness | Dynamic Warm-Ups, Part One By Dr. Nancy Grieger, DPT, of Blue Skies Physical Therapy   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training

Dynamic warm-ups are a perfect way to get ready for a day of jumping. They increase your core temperature, and the increased blood flow enhances your nerve impulses and reaction time.

Next Step—Earning a Tandem Rating By Jim Crouch | Photos by David Cherry   (Oct 2020) Features

So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.

The Sky is NOT the Limit—Freedom Freefall Goes National By Andy VanHandel   (Oct 2020) Event News Features

On Saturday, August 15, more than 40 military veterans around the country took to the air on tandem skydives during the 6th Annual Freedom Freefall event.

Know Your Lines Courtesy of Performance Designs   (Oct 2020) Features

Different line types create confusion among skydivers of all experience levels. What are the different types of lines? What are the pros and cons of each? Which size line is best for you?

Centerspread Photo by Raymond Adams   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

Wingsuit flyer Craig Lambton carves around skysurfer Kyle Batchelor during Shredfest at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

Closing In Photo by Juan Manuel Forero   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

Liam Wertheimer runs out his landing at Skydive Spaceland–Clewiston in Florida.

Ten Members in the Running for USPA National Director   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

As of the September 15, 2020, deadline, 10 USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of National Director Albert Berchtold’s term on the USPA Board of Directors following his resignation to serve as USPA Executive Director. The election begins November 2.

That's a wrap! USPA Board Meets in Nashville   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

The USPA Board of Directors held its fourth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-20. For the first time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for any USPA members to observe.

Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, and we are excited to announce that it will now be broadcast Webinar style via Zoom.

After-market Tandem Risers MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP   (Sep 2020) Industry News Service Bulletins

PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.

Gearing Up By Ed Scott   (Sep 2020) Homepage Gearing Up

It’s safe to say that nothing about 2020 has proceeded according to anyone’s plans. Whatever was planned in January was tossed out the window by March.

“Behind the Lens” By Hannah Borg-Ore   (Sep 2020) People Featured Art

“Behind the Lens”
Colored pencil and felt-tip pen

Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
Miami, Florida

Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling By Kevin Gibson   (Sep 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Pete Rogas   (Sep 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

It’s an age-old story: Boy is out having a blast; a young lady (many years younger) tickles his fancy and—wouldn’t you know it—they’re married.

Jared Miller | D-22031 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2020) People Profiles

Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.