September 18, 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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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 when the odds are against you. That certainly applies to Jarrett Martin, as he gets ready to head to the World skydiving competitions as a competitor from the USA. Martin grew up around skydiving, and loved it from an early age. He watched his father, and his grandfather jump, and joined in as soon as he was old enough. At the…

Read More

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….

Read More

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…

Read More

USPA Tests New Event in 2013

USPA Wingsuit Out Vertical In

The United States Parachute Association held its first quarterly meeting last month, and it was perhaps as exciting as that sounds.  For those waiting with rapt anticipation on the status of a wingsuit-instructor rating proposal, the bad news is that it wasn’t adopted, but the board is considering other training requirements for first wingsuit flights. On the other hand, amidst the more dry results of the meeting, we were intrigued by a change in 2013’s National Skydiving Championships.  Or more accurately an addition; a 2-way vertical formation skydiving test event was approved, and will make its debut at this year’s…

Read More

Red Bull X-Alps 2013

Red Bull X-Alps

The Red Bull X-Alps race is one of the most thrilling and challenging competitions yet devised by man. Most athletes around the globe regard it as THE top adventure out of all of the world’s extreme sports. The event demands superb athleticism, endurance and strength, technical skill, breathtaking courage, outstanding intellect, gut wrenching determination, and the survival instincts of a wolf. The race is a combination of paragliding and mountaineering. The objective is to be the first to arrive in that playground of the wealthy, Monaco. Oh, and by the way you start in Austria, with a route which takes…

Read More

Former Power Ranger Breaks Skydiving World Record

Jason David Frank sets Skydiving World Record

For most people, skydiving in and of itself is an incredible feat.  For one former star of the children’s program, The Power Rangers, jumping wasn’t enough.  He combined his talent with mixed martial arts to break a skydiving world record. Jason David Frank got involved in Mixed Martial Arts after he finished his Power Rangers career.  After several victories in the ring and being inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, he was ready for a new challenge.  This week, Frank completed a jump over Rosharon, Texas, and while freefalling, broke seven pine boards with his hands.  The…

Read More

Skydiver Attempts Guinness World Board Breaking Record

Skyidver attempts world record by breaking boards

Topping the headlines today in skydiving news, David Frank is going to attempt to break as many pine boards while skydiving from 14,000 ft. The current record holder Travis Donley, won the record in 2011 by breaking two during his free fall. David will attempt to break the record at Skydive Spaceland this January while an official Guinness World Record television station will be recording the entire thing in the event he is able to beat the current record, it will be recorded. David said in his interview, he has alot of respect for the sport of MMA and martial…

Read More

7 New Inductees into the National Sky Diving Hall of Fame

7 New Inductees into the National Sky Diving Hall of Fame

The National Sky Diving Museum in Fredricksburg, Virginia welcomed seven new members to it’s hall of fame last November. The National Sky Diving Hall of fame honored the seven new inductees at a ceremony in Eloy, Arizona at a weekend celebration that took place November 9-11. Among the new inductees are Carl Boenish of California (posthumous); Bob Buquor, also hailing from California (posthumous); Claude Gillard, Australia; Craig Girard of Arizona & Dubai; Dan Poynter of California; and husband and wife Hank Simbro (posthumous) and Muriel Simbro of California. Carl Boenish was considered the Father of modern BASE jumping. In 1978,…

Read More

USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships Conclude with Eight New Records

2012 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

The 2012 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships came to a finish on December 31st, just in time for New Year’s celebrations. The winners definitely had a lot to celebrate. Of the eighty-seven competitors, eight new records were set. The 2012 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up on the last day of the year in Eloy, Arizona. 14 colleges and universities brought a total of 87 competitors to the small town 65 miles southwest of Phoenix. The Air Force Academy had an extremely strong showing in multiple events. Air Force Legacy set a college record with a 36 point dive…

Read More

2012 Indoor Skydiving World Championships – Results and World Records

Indoor Skydiving World Championships 2012

The very first Indoor Skydiving World Championship was a big success with over 400 skydivers participating from more than 10 countries and a prize packaged valued at over $120,000 USD. The competition was held at the largest indoor skydiving facility in the world at the facilities of iFly Singapore. Fresh off a victory and a gold medal performance at the World Skydiving Championship in Dubai, team Arizona Airspeed‘s momentum continued in the indoor arena with a first place finish over fellow countrymen SDC Rhythm XP who took second. The Canadian team, Evolution, finished in third place at Indoor Skydiving World Championship in Singapore. In the Freefly,…

Read More

2012 Indoor Skydiving World Championships

Indoor Skydiving World Championships

Indoor skydiving has become the newest craze for those seeking the thrill of skydiving without the risks. But indoor skydiving is not just for the timid amateur and an upcoming event is making indoor skydiving news. World renowned, iFly Singapore, the world’s largest skydiving windtunnel, will host the 2012 Indoor Skydiving World Championships this December 13-16. FAI-certified judges from the USA, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Russia and Finland will preside over the event.  It is expected that 400 entrants from around the world will participate in the competition which features five disciplines in the professional category. The USA will be…

Read More

World Parachuting Championships – 2012

2012 World Parachuting Championships - The Results

The conclusion of the 2012 FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial in Dubai dominated skydiving news this week. The US Team finished second in the competition behind France, with the US taking six gold medals in the competition. Curt Bartholomew, 26, of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, won gold medals in 3 events including Canopy Piloting Overall , CP Speed, and CP Zone Accuracy. Bartholomew took 3rd place in CP Distance while fellow US Team member, Nicholas Batsch, took Gold in this disclipine. Bartholomew has been a professional skydiver for only four years, becoming a professional skydiver in 2009. Although his original career goal was to…

Read More

USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

The USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, an event that’s famous for attracting and retaining new members to the sport, is quickly approaching with registration at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona to take place on Friday, December 28, 2012 and the competitions scheduled to run from Saturday, December 29 through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Hosted by The National Collegiate Parachuting League since 1961, the driving force of the organization is its passion to promote skydiving fellowship and win new enthusiasts to the sport, as well as to teach the safety and sportsmanship that skydiving exemplifies. The collegiate competitions open up an…

Read More