Be our neighbor!

1665 Lexington Avenue

New office space is available in DeLand! From the (quick, friendly, helpful and charming) landlords:

Office/Retail Space For Lease, DeLand Airport. Within walking distance of Skydive DeLand. Other units are occupied by other skydiving businesses. Two suites available. 504 square feet, $400/month. 577 square feet, $425/month. Call Sue, 386-275-8356; or Brenda, 386-943-0819.

Hit play on this, and imagine us singing this directly to you.

Now, let’s be honest here – if you want to make a (non-DZ) skydiving company work, it really really helps to be in DeLand, Florida. The community is like no other in the world. And, if you snag one of these offices up for a loft, manufacturing space, shop or (ooooooh please) cafe or bar or some such food provider, you’ll be our neighbor!

Get it while the gettin’s good here, folks. Won’t you be our neighbor?

Holiday Shutdown for 2014


For those of you planning on doing some skydiving business over the holidays, keep in mind that many manufacturers and some shops have shorter hours or close altogether around that time. Check the list below to see when they are or aren’t available. Many will have representatives at events or boogies over the holidays, ready for your onslaught of questions (and requests for FREE stuff).

Aerodyne Research, DeLand, FL: Closed December 24 – January 5, 2015.  During that time most of the staff will monitoring email periodically. In case of an emergency, please email

Blue Skies Magazine, DeLand, FL: Closed December 24 – January 5, 2015. During that time we will lightly monitor email, so drop us a line with anything urgent.

ChutingStar, Marietta, GA and DeLand, FL: closed on Christmas Eve,  Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (Dec 24-25 and Jan 1, 2015). is always open for business!

Cookie Composites, Australia: Cookie’s sales and customer service departments in Australia will be closed 22 December to 5 January, 2015.

Icarus USA: Closed Dec 24 – Jan 1, 2015.

Mirage Systems, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon on December 24 – 26. Open on Monday and Tuesday (Dec 26 and 30), closing at noon Wednesday December 31, back open January 5, 2015.

Performance Designs, DeLand, FL: Closing on Wednesday Dec 24 and will reopen on Monday Jan 5, 2015.

Sun Path Products, Raeford, NC: December 19 – January 5, 2015
If you need immediate assistance during that time, please contact Chris Talbert (910.603.2390). Orders placed via online store after 3:00 PM North American Eastern Standard Time 9th December 2014 will be processed and shipped after our holiday shutdown.

United Parachute Technologies, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon Thursday December 18, returning Monday January 5, 2015.

Velocity Sports Equipment / Infinity Rigs, Bend, OR: Closed entire week of Christmas and on New Years Day.  Return to office on January 5th, 2015. In case of an emergency, please email Nicole Fulk.

Vigil America, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon Thursday December 18, returning Monday January 5, 2015.  For immediate technical assistance during that period, contact service@vigil.areo.



This list is as comprehensive as we know it – but we might have missed someone.  If you would like your skydiving business added to the list, drop us an email with the dates you are closed, along with any special notices you wish to share. 

Skydive Carolina hiring packers for 2015

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Skydive Carolina is looking for full-time packers!

Skydive Carolina does over 4000 tandems per year and 35,000 sport jumps.  We would prefer packers who already have or are working on their tickets. We are a year-long operation with peak times between April and November. Want to become part of the Skydive Carolina family? Email with your resume and questions. Skydive Carolina is a drug free environment and all sub-contractors are subject to company drug policy. 

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i60: December 2014

Blue Skies Magazine i60: December 2014 | Steve Curtis cuts away during a GoPro Swoop and Slide project at Skydive Arizona. Photo by Samantha Schwann

Ho ho ho! The December issue is mailing out now to current subscribers. If you are not a current subscriber, you can change that right here, right now. You can also buy copies of this issue without a subscription!

Please give it until January 1 for the postal service to get your mag to you. If you still don’t have it by then, let us know by emailing Kolla at and she’ll get you sorted.

Blue Skies Magazine i60: December 2014 | Steve Curtis cuts away during a GoPro Swoop and Slide project at Skydive Arizona. Photo by Samantha Schwann

i60: December 2014 | Steve Curtis cuts away during a GoPro Swoop and Slide project at Skydive Arizona. Photo by Samantha Schwann

On the Cover

Try not to get the shivers looking at Steve Curtis on a slip ‘n slide; he’s in warm sunny Arizona, we promise. Samantha Schwann captures the splishy splashy moment he cut away. Results are in for the 2014 Drop Zone Awards–congratulations to all the winners!

Featured Photo

Miles Daisher and Mike Swanson have a bit of a tussle during Bridge Day 2014. Photo by David Cherry.

The FlyBy

  • Reader Question: What’s your dream life?
  • Comic Relief: Take It DZ by Nadene
  • Monthly tit4tat, Sadly, this is the end of the line for tit4tat–thank you to Joe and the gang for spreading the word about breast cancer awareness, in the most fun way possible. We’ll miss you! All future boob photos can come directly to us…
  • Freedom; a poem by Annette Raven Perin.
  • Pink Bra Jumps at Skydive Carolina by Curt Vogelsang
  • Alter Ego All-Girls CP Weekend by Carrie Transue
  • Compass & Crow Studios by Marissa Barclay

2014 Drop Zone Awards

You voted, we tabulated! And re-tabulated and re-tabulated and we promise, those are the actual results. We might move to the greater Chicagoland area now. Full winners will be posted online after the new year. Extra copies are available in the Blue Skies Mag shop: 2014 Back Issues.

Photo Interview: Joy Riders by Zach Lewis

BAMF team Joy Riders gets their turn in front of Zach’s lens.

“2015 is the year of the JoyRider; we have some super nice projects coming up and I’m really excited to get the chance to play along!”—Anna Moxnes

Get the Shot: Isolate Your Subject by Randy Swallows

Up your photography game with this ongoing series by the sport’s awesomest photographers.

Being deliberate in what you want to shoot will yield one of two results: you will get a shot that varies in perspective to 90 percent of the freefall images around, or you will fail.


Martin Gostner flying the AirDesign RISE 2 Superlight paraglider above Olüdeniz, Turkey. Photo by Josef Nindl.

Tunnel Got You Stiff? by Emma Tranter

We are so excited about this: Emma Tranter is a world-classs yoga instructor at the Yoga Shed in DeLand AND a BAMF tunnel flyer who will spend the next few issues giving you FREE yoga/stretching sequences. This first month focuses on neck and shoulders. Shout out to reddit user Chiemel for inspiring this series!

In the tunnel, the neck is often in a state of hyperflexion as we attempt to lift the chin to spill more air or look over a shoulder to see where we are going. Neck and shoulder problems are among the most common injuries, in and out of the tunnel.

Super Sky Sleuth

Find the 10 differences in these photos of MFS team Ridiculous Maneuvers by Bolt. Look for an in-depth, hard-hitting interview with the team by Missy Keough in our next issue!

SkyCouples: Courtney and Kaitlyn by Eli Godwin

Courtney and Kaitlyn are the ‘newest to skydiving’ couple Eli Godwin has introduced us to so far.

Skydiving has brought us closer as a couple. We love that we share a sport and can talk to each other about certain aspects and the other doesn’t get sick of hearing it.

Relative Work by Sydney Owen Williams

Sydney tackles the age-old dilemma for jumpers: Spend holiday time with your biological family, or go to a boogie somewhere warm with your sky family?

Let’s be serious. If you’re reading this magazine, there’s a good chance that skydiving has completely taken over a portion of your life, if not all of it.

Turning Points: Free Competition Training by Kurt Gaebel, NSL

We go full meta on this one. Kurt Gaebel read Sydney’s last column and has a response! Competition will always cost money, but there is free training out there.

The only thing in this scenario that is not free is my good craft beer that I have to buy first.

Read the full article online at

A Million Ways to Die by the Fuckin’ Pilot

You’re more likely to die in a car crash than skydiving.

One of my favorite writers once said, “On a long enough timeline everyone’s chances of survival drops to zero.” So knowing that, have as much fun as you can, be as safe as possible about it, and enjoy the hell out of this fucking ride!

Marathon Training Sucks by James La Barrie

No shit. It is 100% worth it though.

If your offseason planning consists of creating an event schedule and ensuring you have enough staff, I hate to break it to you, but you’re training for a 5K, not a marathon.

The World Tour by Melanie Curtis

Melanie Curtis,, is circling the world, y’all! #MFWT

Why? Because you’re skydivers. We jump. Both literally and figuratively, as fierce livers of life knowing that things we think might be possible, almost certainly are.

Dear SkyGod

SkyGod is in the holiday spirit.

You know what doesn’t count as insurance? Breaking yourself for no good reason and asking the community to send money to a PayPal account.


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