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How Skydiving Changed My Life By Robin Basalla   (Mar 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

I have always been shy and introverted. I was a quiet kid, and I grew into an even quieter adult. In college, my introversion escalated into social anxiety.

Francesco Cipollone | D-31600 By Brian Giboney   (Mar 2021) People Profiles

Francesco Cipollone, D-31600, is a highly respected angle-flying coach and organizer who hails from Italy but lives in the U.S.

Keep an Eye Out | Pilot-Chute Hesitation Photo by Alex Swindle   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out
Safety Check | 2020 Compliance Group Actions By North Central Regional Director Michael Wadkins   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

Three board members and one staff member make up the Compliance Group, which conducts investigations on allegations of member misconduct.

Safer Than We Used to Be? By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Mar 2021) Features Safety & Training

“Modern equipment, technology and training have made skydiving so much safer than ever before.”

Have they?

Decisions, Decisions—Responding to a Pilot Chute In Tow By Jim Crouch   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training

It’s easy to let your guard down when it comes to emergency procedures.

When, Not If—Practicing for Low-Altitude Emergencies By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training

Low-altitude emergencies—emergencies that occur under canopy below 1,000 feet—continue to plague our community.

Back-Tracking A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Mar 2021) Features
2021 USPA Safety Day A Parachutist Special Edition   (Feb 2021) Features Safety & Training

In 1997, Patty Chernis, newly elected to the USPA Board as a regional director, suggested that USPA create a special day to get jumpers current and prepared for the upcoming skydiving season. Now in its 25th year, Safety Day has grown increasingly popular, morphing from year to year to address current trends.

USPA Seeks New Director of Government Relations   (Feb 2021) Parachutist Homepage Government Relations
Hard Openings and How to Avoid Them By Jim Crouch   (Feb 2021) Features Safety & Training

A hard-opening parachute is certainly not a new phenomenon. Skydivers have been dealing with hard openings throughout the history of sport parachuting—particularly during the early 1970s when the first ram-air main canopies and the various devices used to try and tame their openings were developed.

6th Dubai International Parachuting Championships Postponed   (Feb 2021) Competition Industry News
Pioneer Jerry Bourquin Passes Away   (Feb 2021) Homepage People Industry News
February 2021 Cover   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Jumpers exit during the Florida Head-Down Record attempts hosted by Collective Pitch at Skydive DeLand, where they set a 47-way state record.

Closing In Photo by Mike McGowan I D-5709   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

Kirk Verner (front) and Niklas Hemlin of 8-way team Airspeed XP8 land in succession after a training jump at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Bob Rhynearson   (Feb 2021) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

Skydiving didn’t really change my life, it was my life. It started at a very young age, even though I didn’t make my first jump from an airplane until I was 18.

Tales from the Bonfire By Ed Kruse   (Feb 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire

In 1962, I was in winter training with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Chuting Stars, in El Centro, California. One day, we were quite surprised to see Jacques-André Istel, president of the Parachute Club of America (USPA’s predecessor organization), arrive in his shiny new Cessna 182.

Stewart McArthur | D-24588 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2021) People Profiles

Stewart McArthur, D-24588, is a British skydiver who now lives in the U.S. Since his first jump on Halloween Day in 1989, he has racked up a wide variety of skydiving and aviation accomplishments.

Keep an Eye Out—Brake-Line Knots   (Feb 2021) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

From time to time, knots like the ones shown in this photo can magically appear in brake lines.

Rating Corner—Reminder for PRO Applicants   (Feb 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

During the 2019 summer board meeting, USPA adopted and implemented an updated PRO-rating program with new jump requirements, qualifying areas and distances (the old standard of 10 accuracy jumps into a 32-foot circle no longer applies) and types of qualifying canopies.