November 26, 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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18

First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18

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…

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Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

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…

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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…

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Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite Introduces SeaLite

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…

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2014 US Paragliding Nationals

2014 US Paragliding Nationals

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…

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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…

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Skydive Ultra

Skydive Ultra Marathon

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…

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Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Ultralights Holding Resell Value

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…

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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…

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Government Shutdown Provides Opportunity to Furloughed Workers

Government Shutdown

While the recent government shutdown has had negative effects on many of the federal employees, some businesses are looking for ways to help and support the 800,000 people who won’t be getting a paycheck until the furlough is over.  One of these companies is making skydiving news by giving these workers the opportunity to take a jump. Skydive, Hawaii is offering free jumps to federal employees who are finding themselves with too much time on their hands this week. “They have bills to pay, and they can’t afford to do things like this,” said Sonny Vaoifi, manager of Skydive Hawaii….

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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;…

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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…

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2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

In hot air balloon news, competitors from all over will participate in the National Hot Air Balloon Championship from July 22 to 28. This competition, hosted by the state of Texas, will feature a balloon race featuring more than 70 pilots throughout the week. The event is which started on Monday, will last throughout the week and allow pilots to compete for the chance at winning $50,000. The winner of this championship will not only take home the prize money, but will represent the entire nation in the World Championship. This is a huge honor for anybody who has ever participated in…

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2013 World Paragliding Championships

2013 World Paragliding Championships

Paragliders from all over the world gathered in Sopot, Bulgaria between July 13-26 for the 2013 World Paragliding Championship.  This beautiful yet challenging sport has drawn competitors from all over the world. This year, Jeremie Lager of France took away the title of winner in the men’s category, and Klaudia Bulgakow of Poland led the women’s division.  As a team, France won with Lager assisted by teammates Charles Cazaux and Seiko Fukuoka.  Other top results include: Charles Cazaux, France, 2nd place Men’s division Davide Cassetta, Italy, 3rd place Men’s division Nicole Fedele, Italy, 2nd place Women’s division Seiko Fukoka, France, 3rd…

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Crossroads Balloon Rally

Crossroads Balloon Rally

Hot air balloons, team roping competitions, chicken-fried steak and wine. Those are just some of the attractions planned for the Lamesa, Texas, Crossroads Balloon Rally and Chicken-Fried Steak Festival. Organizers are expecting between 20 and 40 balloonists for the second annual event which will be held April 26-28 in this West Texas community located about 60 miles south of Lubbock. The weekend begins with, of course, a chicken-fried steak dinner on Friday night. Balloon flights are scheduled for sunrise on Saturday and Sunday as pilots soar over the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado on the southern High Plains. Saturday…

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World Record Jump Attempt in Arizona

World Team Skydiving World Record

The World Team‘s most astonishing achievement to date is their 400-way jump in Thailand. With 400 skydivers all joining into one free-fall formation, the World Team broke the world record for the largest free-fall formation. Currently, they are in the process of attempting to break yet another world record, only this time, things are a bit more complicated. The World Team is now attempting to break the record for the largest 2-point formation. During the jump, all 222 members have to come together to build a formation, break off, and then build another formation. The timing and accuracy of each…

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