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About Dan Poynter & Para Publishing
A lifetime of service to the sport and the industry

Dan's Aviation Career in Pictures

Dan Poynter is past president of the Parachute Industry Association, past Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Parachute Association, an expert parachutist with all the highest licenses and ratings, pilot and a master parachute rigger who has written more books on parachutes and skydiving than any other author. He has made more than 1,200 jumps since 1962.

Over the years he has written and published more than 100 books, 50 reports, 500 magazine articles, 10 audiotapes, videotapes, CDs and disks. His books have been translated into seven other languages.

Dan Poynter's seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told and U.S. News & World Report. The media comes to him because he is the leading authority in this field.

Dan made the North Pole jump in 1994 and directed the International Parachute Symposium in 1997 and 1999.

Dan is one of skydiving's most energetic, experienced and respected leaders. He resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Para Publishing was founded in 1969 to collect, process, publish and disseminate critical safety information on parachute design and skydiving techniques. Initially in North Quincy, Massachusetts, it was moved to Santa Barbara in 1974. The company expanded into other books, tapes, reports, disks, seminars, speeches, consulting, etc. on other subjects. It published the first book on hang gliding, a circular book on Frisbee play, the first book on word processors, the first laser-typeset book, it was the first publisher to send galleys by modem, published the first book on speech recognition for writers and many other firsts. The company publishes several authors and most of Dan Poynter's work.

Past President

Lifetime Member
Past Chairman/Board

Past President, CIVL


Past Director