Human Interest

FAI Conference Honors Americans

109th FAI Conference Honors Americans

In recent skydiving news, the 109th FAI Conference held last month in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, honored two American sportsmen for their accomplishments. You just can't keep a good man down. Jarrett Martin received the Breitling Youngster Award for "his active participation in national...
USA Sends First Parpalegic to Compete at World Skydiving Competition

USA Sends First Parpalegic to Compete at World Skydiving Competition

When you consider all that's involved in skydiving, from prepping, to jumping, to landing, it most certainly involves a high level of dexterity. But sometimes when you love a sport, you figure out a way to do it, even...
Pilots Reach Out

Pilots Reach Out

While competing in a hang gliding competition in Ecuador in 2008, Jeff O'Brien was touched by the poverty stricken region. He vowed that before coming back again for the 2009 competition that he would try to do something to...
Nicole Smith Tempting Fate

Tempting Fate – Nicole Skydives

Life seemed bleak for Nicole Smith - a Georgia native - after a terrible car accident on June of 2011 left her battered and beaten. With a broken neck, back, four pelvic fractures, a few broken ribs, and a...
Hot Air Balloonist

Hot Air Balloonists say “Thank You” to Hospitable Landowners

For years, the gift of flight has been used in shows of appreciation or to experience the many wonders of the world. It's also not uncommon for hot air balloon enthusiasts to find themselves making landings in large fields,...
Sweet Sixteen - Sixteen Planes

Sweet Sixteen – Sixteen Planes

Ross Brodie isn't your typical teenager. He's been flying with his dad since he was two years old and is quite the aircraft enthusiast. It should come as no surprise then that Ross wasn't willing to settle for a...

Paraplegic woman Flies Wingsuit Again

Paraplegic woman flies again in a wingsuit after a base jumping accident left her paralyzed.