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Flip through the pages of back issues from January 1963 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.)

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.

Rating Corner | Adhering to Your Emergency-Procedures Hard Deck By Ron Bell   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

The USPA Instructor Rating Manual states in T3—Tandem Method, Section 3-4, F—Tandem Emergencies: “In the event of a main canopy malfunction, decide and act by 3,000 feet to cut away and deploy reserve.”

Centerspread By Norman Kent | D-8369   (Oct 2020) Photos Centerspread

Jumpers form a big-way round, the signature formation of the 2020 Heroes Skydiving event at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Closing In Photo by Daniel Angulo   (Oct 2020) Photos Closing In

From top, Todd Gleason, Eric Issacs, Victor Olivo, organizer Luis Prinetto, Max Salinas and Andrei Ponomarev enjoy a sunset angle jump during the Tropical Space Camp at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

November 2020 Cover   (Oct 2020) Photos Covers

Photo by Craig O’Brien | D-19294

Magician and C-licensed skydiver David Blaine takes off under a cluster of weather balloons to make a nearly 25,000-foot jump over Page, Arizona, for his YouTube special event “Ascension.”

24 Years of Skydiving Truths By Ed Scott   (Oct 2020) Gearing Up

As I begin to bow out as USPA Executive Director, I want to share some skydiving truths that I have come to know. Some I’ve learned from others, some I had to learn myself, and many came to light in the course of working out problems and issues over 24 years at USPA.

Michael Kearns | D-16816 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

Michael Kearns, D-16816, began jumping in 1976 while in the military. He made more than 200 special operations jumps in 14 countries, including night jumps wearing tactical gear, and also became involved in sport skydiving.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Terrence McGrath   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

I became interested in skydiving my senior year in high school after watching a night demo jump into the school’s stadium. I approached the jumper and asked how I could participate.

(Inter)Nationals Uploaded By Tracey Holman   (Oct 2020) Features Competition

Early in the morning on Saturday, September 19, the staff at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, logged into the DZ computer to see the first video uploads already coming in from DZs in the Eastern time zone.

Correction   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

“Keep an Eye Out” on page 66 of the November issue of Parachutist contained incorrect information.

Insurance Claims Underscore the Costs of Complacency   (Oct 2020) Parachutist Safety & Training

I've insured skydiving airplanes for 25 years. In that time, I've paid for about 50 heavily damaged or totaled turbine skydiving aircraft. That's a lot of bent iron … unnecessarily bent iron. If you wonder why your insurance costs are so high, let me say it again: 50 heavily damaged or destroyed airplanes! There seems to be an insidious common thread in 85 percent of these accidents, and that’s the lack of following a checklist.

October 2020 Cover   (Oct 2020) Photos Covers

Photo by Thomas Grana | D-34640

At the Highlight Skydiving Team’s training camp at Meadow Peak Skydiving in Marion, Montana, to prepare for countrywide demos commemorating the anniversary of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Keri Bell swoops by her teammates during a photo shoot coordinated by photographer David Wybenga.

Should a Name Change be Considered? By Ed Scott   (Oct 2020) Homepage Gearing Up

Parachutes are beginning to disappear … or, more accurately, the word “parachute” is beginning to fade from use to describe our sport, replaced by the word “skydiving”. 

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story By Bill Booth   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By William Mitchell   (Oct 2020) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.