The Professional Skydiver

Jim Slaton on the cover of Parachuting Magazine

In 2005, he started Ground Launch Center, the first school for the sport of high performance parachute ground launching. That same year he created the first amateur swooping tour called the "Canopy Piloting Circuit". Around the same time he created the "World Parachute Stunt Team" that traveled performing at airshows around the world. In February 2006, he and his associate Duane Hall flew into each other while filming a parachute stunt in Lake Isabella, California. Slaton barely survived and was in a coma for three days, suffering a shattered hip, broken leg, broken shoulder and a serious head injury of the frontal lobe. A year later he created the annual Swoop Week Championships that ran between 2007-2009.

Jim Slaton on the cover of Parachutist Magazine (Top center)

He helped create a new high performance parachuting sport called "canopy piloting" and got it approved at the 54th IPC Meeting (International Parachuting Commission) in Brazil in 2003. He then organize the 1st World Cup of Canopy Piloting at Perris Valley Skydiving, California, in 2003. In 2004 he became the 1st U.S. National Canopy Piloting Champion at Perris Valley Skydiving, California, flying his own signature series parachute called the "JVX.

Jim Slaton on the cover of Parachutist Magazine (left)

Jim Slaton on the cover of Parachutist Magazine (right)

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