The Real Story About When the Parachute Was Invented

The Real Story About When the Parachute Was Invented


Here’s the Real Story About When the Parachute Was Invented When Louis-Sébastien Lenormand made the first recorded, successful parachute jump in France in 1783, he was standing on the shoulders of countless men and women who had shared the dream before him. Many other experimenters had tried and failed, and a few may have succeeded without documenting their accomplishments. Nonetheless, …

Skydiving Regulators: Who Keeps Skydiving Safe?

Skydiving Regulators: Who Keeps Skydiving Safe?


Skydiving Regulators If you are looking into the sport of skydiving, you may be wondering who is in charge of the rules of the sport. There are two main skydiving regulators in the United States: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the United States Parachute Association (USPA). These two organizations work together to keep the sport of skydiving safe. According …

Levity Hammocks and Swings - Repurposing for the Future

Levity Hammocks and Swings – Repurposing for the Future

Parachuting News

Levity Hammocks and Swings is proud to get the word out about Levity Hammocks and Swings. Initially, CEO Leah Levy did not set out to start a company that recycles used parachutes for environmentally-friendly products. She simply loves skydiving and she is smitten with parachutes. It’s easy to see why. Parachutes are bright and colorful. Their bold colors and …

What to Do When the Main and Reserve Canopies Both Open?

Parachuting, Training

Parachute malfunctions can be defined as the failure of device systems to operate as intended or to deliver what is considered a normal rate of descent leading to the loss of canopy control. Malfunctions can be divided into two categories, partial and total. The reasoning behind parachute malfunctions generally stems from a lack of proper body positioning during the canopy’s …

The Fear of Freefalling: How to Conquer Your Skydive Anxiety


Have you ever considered making a skydive for the first time and then decided against it because you were afraid? It’s perfectly understandable that you would suffer from a little skydive anxiety before jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet above the ground. Not only is there no safety net beneath you in case something goes awry, but also, …

Australian Grandma Takes Birthday Skydive

Events, Parachuting, Parachuting News

Taking the age-old adage that you’re never too old to try something new to heart, a Rockingham grandmother took the ultimate leap of faith. Lois Keys celebrated her eightieth birthday with a skydive last week, landing on the stunning backdrop of Rockingham Beach in Western Australia. The grandma-of-four jumped out a plane at 14,000 feet along with her instructor, Leo …

Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

What a Rush! Veterans Take to the Maine Skies in the Windy Warrior Adrenaline Therapy Project

Events, Military, Parachuting

The Windy Warrior Adrenaline Therapy project is giving back to veterans in an unusual way – giving them the thrill of a lifetime through skydiving! The first adventure took place airborne at 10,000 feet in Pittsfield Maine, with two local veterans taking to the big blue sky with the help of this adventurous program. The aim is to give those …

Popular World Skydiver Gives Skydiving Advice

Popular World Skydiver Gives Skydiving Advice

Events, History, Parachuting, Parachuting News

Don Kellner is a world renown skydiver. He owns the skydiving business Hazleton Regional Airport in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Currently, Kellner holds the Guinness World Record for over 44,000 skydives. He has had a skydiving business for over 56 years. Kellner said that despite carefully planning a parachute landing, it is hard to carry it out completely according to that …

WW2 Veteran Skydivies

WWII Veteran Celebrates Birthday with Skydive

Events, History, Military, Parachuting, Parachuting News

Chuck Chapeta, 91, peered out of an airplane door before plunging two and a half miles to the ground. Chapeta and his tandem instructor Kazu Oyama from Skydive Midwest dropped 8,000 feet before deploying their parachute. “Then we coasted down like we were on a cloud,” Chapeta said. “I was very calm. My heart wasn’t pounding,” he said. “I never …