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Parachutes to Paragliders: How Skydivers Can Keep It Up Without Crashing Out - 2016-08-22 by Annette O'Neil new

Parachutes to Paragliders: How Skydivers Can Keep It Up Without Crashing Out Paragliding (and its zippier cousin, speedflying) owes much to skydiving. From the early footage of a group of 1970s skydivers ground launching their parachutes off of small hills to the early...
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Turbulence Is Trying To Hide From You - Here’s Where to Look - 2016-06-27 by Annette O'Neil

Turbulence Is Trying To Hide From You - Here’s Where to Look Most of the time, you’re gonna be lucky. You’ll meet turbulence under a skydiving canopy high enough above the ground that you’ll just rumble around for a little bit before cruising into smoother...
Average Rating = 3.00/5 Votes: 6 | Comments: 3 | Views: 5128

How To Organize Your Sky - 2016-05-25 by Annette O'Neil

How To Organize Your Sky>Who are all those people, anyway, with the smiling faces and the discipline names printed in all-caps underneath them? What’s an “Organizer,” really? If you don’t know the etiquette, it can be a...
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Almost 25 Years Later: Some Hazards of Resurrection - 2016-03-24 by Larry Moulton

Almost 25 Years Later: Some Hazards of Resurrection After almost a 25-year hiatus, I came back into the fold, enabled by the last child having gone off to college, and prompted by arthritic hips that were making it too painful to play tennis. I...
Average Rating = 4.89/5 Votes: 9 | Comments: 13 | Views: 6368

How to Approach Your Recurrency Skydive - 2016-03-17 by Annette O'Neil

How to Approach Your Recurrency Skydive What’s the second-scariest thing in the world? Probably, it’s the open door of a plane at altitude as seen through the eyes of an AFF-1 student. Remember that moment? Most of us do. What’s the...
Average Rating = 4.30/5 Votes: 10 | Comments: 2 | Views: 6469

Hearing Safety For Skydivers: It’s A Thing - 2015-12-01 by Annette O'Neil

Hearing Safety For Skydivers: It’s A Thing If you want to keep the good sounds coming in to your skyward-tilting brain, you’d better take some responsibility. There are probably some things you don’t know about the holes alongside your head,...
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Is Your Rig Freefly-Friendly or Preemie-Prone - 2015-11-23 by Annette O'Neil

Is Your Rig Freefly-Friendly or Preemie-Prone You’re going to point your belly button away from the ground when you fall out of a plane. YES. You’re gonna point it at the horizon. You’re going to point it at other people. You’re going to sit...
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Propeller Safety For Skydivers Who Want To Live - 2015-10-22 by Annette O'Neil

Propeller Safety For Skydivers Who Want To Live Remember that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Indiana Jones is on an active airfield. He’s duking it out with a bald, mustachioed, wall-of-meat Nazi, and he’s kinda losing. Finally, he manages to...
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Highway To The Dangerzone - 2015-10-13 by Annette O'Neil

Highway To The Dangerzone We can all agree that -- in addition to fun, of course -- skydiving is about pushing personal limits and building personal skillsets. We might also agree that skydiving is not necessarily about...
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Advice For Your First Hop and Pop - 2015-08-25 by Annette O'Neil

Advice For Your First Hop and Pop It’s no wonder that you’re biting your nails. (We’ve all been there.) It’ll be your first time deploying in soft, subterminal air. It’ll be your first time really trusting your stability out the...
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How Density Affects Your Destiny - 2015-07-27 by Annette O'Neil

How Density Affects Your Destiny When you come screaming in and tumble halfway down the landing area at a new dropzone, it’s unlikely that you would chalk your misery up to “pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature...
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Depth and Breadth: The Red Pill or the Blue Pill - 2015-06-08 by Annette O'Neil

Depth and Breadth: The Red Pill or the Blue Pill Is it better to be a jack-of-all-trades or a master of one? Is it best to aim singlemindedly for depth, or to barrel out into the wild blue yonder of breadth?
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Love Across The Risk Continuum - 2015-06-01 by Annette O'Neil

Love Across The Risk Continuum Risk identification is a spectrum phenomenon. You can picture the risk continuum as a horizontal line, marked evenly from 0 to 10 to illustrate the range between total risk intolerance and extreme...
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Recommended Safety Articles for Safety Month - 2015-03-06 by Dropzone.com

Recommended Safety Articles for Safety Month March is safety month, and what better time than just before the Northern Hemisphere's summer season to refresh yourself on information you may be rusty on, or just become more educated in the...
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Teaching Students To Navigate The Landing Pattern - 2015-02-26 by Corey Miller

Teaching Students To Navigate The Landing Pattern When talking to students on the radio we, as humans, can get complacent after a while or even forget the real purpose for use being there. The job of an instructor on the radio is not to just land...
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Staying Current During Winter - 2014-12-17 by Brian Germain

Staying Current During Winter The winter months are a great opportunity to catch up on all the things we weren’t doing throughout the summer, such as working on our homes, engaging in winter sports, and mending relationships with ...
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Essential Skydiving Safety Articles - 2014-03-12 by Dropzone.com

Essential Skydiving Safety Articles In honor of safety month, we've put together a list of some of the best safety articles we've published over the past 12 years, with writers including Bill Booth, John Le Blanc, Brian Germain,...
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Coaching in the World of Skydiving - 2013-10-15 by DSE

Coaching in the World of Skydiving Skydiving is a sport in which all all participants seek improvement in skill and confidence in their skills. Coaching plays a significant role in setting goals, testing the goals, and reviewing the...
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Implications of Recent Tracking, Tracing and Wingsuit Incidents - 2013-09-23 by Bryan Burke popular

Implications of Recent Tracking, Tracing and Wingsuit Incidents Of nine incidents in ten months where a jumper was incapacitated in freefall and their AAD fired (or in one case, was deployed for by another jumper), seven out of nine involved trackers, tracing, or ...
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The Horizontal Flight Problem - 2013-09-16 by Bryan Burke

The Horizontal Flight Problem All of the following events took place during our spring 2013 season here at Skydive Arizona. Some have been repeated several times. Since I started to look into this subject and inquire as to what...
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Baby on Board - Skydiving While Pregnant - 2013-07-31 by Amy Blackwell

Baby on Board - Skydiving While Pregnant As the number of skydivers grows, the number of female jumpers increases, as well. Inevitably, some of those female jumpers will find themselves pregnant at some time during their skydiving careers....
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Action Therapy: When Skydiving Saves Lives - 2013-07-15 by Taya Weiss

Action Therapy: When Skydiving Saves Lives Adam Martin and David Winland are here to tell you that skydiving saved their lives: from self-destructive tendencies, depression, drugs, and possibly even the emotional quicksand of post-traumatic...
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AFF Students Are Awesome - 2013-06-28 by Melissa Lower

AFF Students Are Awesome AFF students are awesome! They are incredibly excited, nervous, and sometimes quite hilarious. Ben Lowe and I have complied some of our favorite experiences with teaching and getting to know some of...
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Jumping Away from the Normal Dropzone - 2013-05-23 by Mike Mullins and Gary Peek

Jumping Away from the Normal Dropzone It seems like every skydiver eventually wants to skydive into an area or event that is not at a regular dropzone or skydiving center at an airport. And no wonder, because it is fun, exciting, and a...
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Line of Flight Explained - 2013-05-20 by Melissa Lowe

Line of Flight Explained The topic of “Line of Flight” seems to be a mysterious, yet cool term that is often misused and/or misunderstood. As a freefly load organizer and instructor, I’ve realized the lack of knowledge about ...
Average Rating = 4.80/5 Votes: 5 | Comments: 13 | Views: 15760
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