December 23, 2014

Competition and Events:

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting -

Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 US Paragliding Nationals -

Friday, December 20, 2013

Skydive Ultra -

Thursday, October 31, 2013

USA Sends First Parpalegic to Compete at World Skydiving Competition -

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Air Wars -

Sunday, August 11, 2013

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships -

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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  • A Skydiving Simulator Called Parasim

    A Skydiving Simulator Called Parasim

    Teaching people to jump out of a perfectly good airplane at a high altitude can be a challenging task, absent actually starting by jumping. an unwise method to say the least. Traditionally paratroopers, after practicing their falls and landing skills, will jump from a high tower before being obliged to make a real jump. Noting that pilots train on simulators, a company called Systems Technology, Inc has developed a skydiving simulator called Parasim that gives one the full experience, called Premeditated Jumping, without the risk of that sudden stop on the ground if the parachute fails. Basically the participant in…

  • Combat Control Teams Parachute into Enemy Territory

    Combat Control Teams Parachute into Enemy Territory

    In skydiving news everyone knows how the Army has Delta Force and the Navy the SEALs who typically ride helicopter or parachute jump into hostile areas to perform missions that often are more fantastic than anything ever seen at the movies. But CNN reminds us that few people have heard of the Air Force’s own special ops group, the Combat Control Teams. The CCTs have two typical missions. The first is to secure air fields in hostile territory. This kind of mission starts with airmen tossing packages of dirt bikes out the door of a transport plane, which parachutes down…

  • The Sport of Full Contact Skydiving is a Hoax

    The ‘Sport’ of Full Contact Skydiving is a Hoax

    Recently UFC featherweight contender Urijah Fabe produced a video promoting something called “full contact skydiving.” This sport involved two men punching, kicking, and otherwise trying to do one another harm while falling from a great height. There was also a referee involved to enforce the rules, which included no interference with equipment (i.e. the parachute) and to stop the fight and open the chute when it was time. There were shots of competitors training in one of those chambers that levitate people with blasts of compressed air. At first glance full contact skydiving seemed to be the stupidest and yet…

  • Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful

    Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful

    An Australian gambling firm called Sportsbet recently caused hot air balloon news and no little outrage when it sent aloft in the skies over Melbourne a 151 foot tall hot air balloon in the shape of the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands on a peak over Rio de Janeiro to kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament that was held in Brazil. The balloon, which like the statue depicted Jesus Christ with outstretched arms, wore an Australian football jersey with the caption “#KeepTheFaith.” The hot air balloon was actually 53 feet taller than the actual statue. Members…

  • World Trade Center Base Jumpers

    World Trade Center Base Jumpers

    When you think of skydiving, typically you picture wide open spaces, lots of sky above, and uncluttered, open ground below. This week 1 World Trade Center set the scene for an unlikely location in skydiving news. This week, 4 men were arrested for base jumping off the top of the iconic New York City building. Base jumping is similar to skydiving, except for the fact that you jump from a fixed building rather than a plane. The actually jump took place last fall, and the 4 men thought they got away with it, until this week when members of the NYPD…

News

First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18

First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18

May 30, 2014

Adventurous young people wanting to take their first jump will need to wait until after their 18th birthday, or be content to practice at one of the indoor skydiving locations. In skydiving news, the US Parachute Association announced that the new minimum age to skydive will be 18 as of May 1, 2014. Previously, those younger than 18 were allowed to jump with signed parental permission, but that will no longer be an option. According to the US Parachute Association, the companies that manufacture skydiving equipment have already raised their minimum age to 18 to avoid lawsuits, so it makes sense…

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

May 24, 2014

The 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting was exhilarating, as always. Skydive City, in Zephyrhills, FL, once again hosted the event, which ran May 21-23. The weather was good overall, but gusty headwinds on the final afternoon, during the zone accuracy rounds, forced out some top competitors. For others, just getting across the pond was a real challenge. This year’s competition was particularly fierce, as it determined slots on the U.S. Team for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Championships, taking place at Skydive City, November 1-8. Video of the swooping championship showcases great weather and even greater skills on the course. One competitor wearing…

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Jan 18, 2014

Belite has made ultralight aircraft news this week with the presentation of their newest model, the Bealite SeaLite. The single seat, amphibious ultralight aircraft took its first flight on Tuesday in Witchita. James Wiebe, the founder of Belite, said the technology was put into this plane because of customer demand. It started with a man in Wisconsin, but he expects this to become a popular item in coastal areas. Places like Alaska, northern New England, the Great Lakes, and Florida are examples of places he will market the new plane. The plane started as a KitFox Lite, which was then modified greatly…

2014 US Paragliding Nationals

2014 US Paragliding Nationals

Dec 20, 2013

US Paragliding Nationals are on the horizon for 2014. White Owl Paragliding will be hosting the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan, WA. The official dates have been posted, kicking it off with pilot registration opening March 1st. There will be a practice day held July 5th and events running July 6th through the 12th. 2014 is gonna offer some righteous thermals and great events for the paragliding sport. It’s going to be a soaring summer with some back to back events beginning with the Rat Race in June and winding down with the Canadian Nationals July 14th right after the…

New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

Nov 18, 2013

News from South America on 13 November 2013: a new hang gliding world record set in Chile by Austrian pilot Thomas Weissenberger. His eight hour flight covered 350 kilometers across the Cordillera Coast in Chile — the new world record for an out-and-back trip. Redbull.com filmed a video of the flight, and it can be viewed on the website. Weissenberger is captain of the Austrian Hang Gliding Team and previously put in a 345 kilometer flight. Weissenberger named some of the flight’s challenges as low inversion, due to the cold temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, and a 500 kilometer long volcanic cliff along…

Skydive Ultra Marathon

Skydive Ultra

Oct 31, 2013

There are Marathons – There are Skydiving Competitions – And then there is Skydive Ultra Extreme is a word that is thrown around loosely, and is often applied to activities as simple as dropping into a half-pipe on a skateboard. While difficult, dropping in is so common that we shouldn’t be rewarding it with the ‘extreme’ moniker. What about running a marathon; this is indeed difficult, but considering the world’s most prestigious race of this distance—the Boston Marathon—regularly fields more than 20,000 runners; not extreme. Many consider the mere act of skydiving extreme, and perhaps this is true. While skydiving…

Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Oct 10, 2013

Many enthusiasts who really keep up with ultralight aircraft news and casual flyers alike often wonder about the resale values of their machines. Recent trends in sales and resales show that ultralight keep their resale value very well, especially when compared to other recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc. The reasons are simple really. Aircraft owners keep their machines in top running condition and new sales aren’t driven by recent fashion, or new models like many other products. Ultralight aircraft haven’t experienced any major changes or advances in the past years. The 254 lb weight limit…

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Oct 6, 2013

As beautiful fall weather breaks across the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, balloonists from all over the world are rallying in Albuquerque for the 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The event runs from October 5th to October 13th, 2013, and is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival.  It includes approximately 600 balloons.  Visitors and participants number in the thousands. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s theme this year is “Enchanted Sunrise”, a title that may pay tribute to one of the festival’s premiere events, the “Dawn Patrol”.  During this event, pilots utilize their positioning technology to take off while…

Record Breaking News

New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

News from South America on 13 November 2013: a new hang gliding world record set in Chile by Austrian pilot Thomas Weissenberger. His eight hour flight covered 350 kilometers across the Cordillera Coast in Chile — the new world record for an out-and-back trip. Redbull.com filmed a video of the flight, and it can be viewed on the website. Weissenberger is captain of the Austrian Hang Gliding Team and previously put in a 345 kilometer flight. Weissenberger named some of the flight’s challenges as low inversion, due to the cold temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, and a 500 kilometer long volcanic cliff along…

Skydive Ultra Marathon

Skydive Ultra

There are Marathons – There are Skydiving Competitions – And then there is Skydive Ultra Extreme is a word that is thrown around loosely, and is often applied to activities as simple as dropping into a half-pipe on a skateboard. While difficult, dropping in is so common that we shouldn’t be rewarding it with the ‘extreme’ moniker. What about running a marathon; this is indeed difficult, but considering the world’s most prestigious race of this distance—the Boston Marathon—regularly fields more than 20,000 runners; not extreme. Many consider the mere act of skydiving extreme, and perhaps this is true. While skydiving…

Air Wars

Air Wars

Here’s a trivia question for you. What air sport’s beginnings involved a sheep, a duck, and a rooster? That may sound like the setup for a bad joke, but it’s a real scenario – one that lay the foundation for one of today’s popular air sports. What was it? Believe it or not, the launching of the first “manned” hot air balloon. Back in 1783, a few years before the French Revolution, a French scientist launched one of the world’s first hot air balloons from the front courtyard of the Palace of Versailles. The balloon carried a sheep, a duck, and a rooster;…

USA Paragliding Distance Record

USA Paragliding Distance Record

The summer months bring warm weather and thermals that are conducive to record-setting events in air sports.  This summer is no different with a new record being set in the US for the longest paragliding flight.  The previous paragliding record was set just last year by Jon Hunt and Nick Greece, but Gavin McClurg shattered the record in his recent flight in July. The 41-year-old set the record for the longest flight, which lasted 240 miles and took seven hours.  He was accompanied on the flight by his wife who introduced him to the sport.  McClurg launched from Bald Mountain, Idaho and…