Photos of Taya
Short General Bio
A pioneer in the sport of skydiving, Taya did her first wingsuit jump in 2004 and is now one of the world's most experienced flyers and instructors. She leads world records and supports a growing team of coaches and competitors through her company, Lightning Flight. A writer and speaker when she's not in the air, Taya has a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Master in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Her work explores risk seeking behavior; leadership in high-risk environments; loss and grieving; and the power of human flight to inspire personal and social action.
Taya leads and engineers the world's largest wingsuit formations, including the standing World Record (61 people). She was the first woman and one of the first skydivers to perform the now-popular discipline she named XRW (“Extreme Relative Work”), flying and docking with a high-performance parachute pilot while wearing a wingsuit in freefall. Her dedicated advocacy over a 6-year period led to the World Airsports Federation (FAI) recognizing wingsuiting as an official discipline for the first time in 2015. Taya supports a growing team of coaches and competitors through her company, Lightning Flight, which has two year-round training locations in Southern California at Skydive Perris and Skydive Elsinore. She loves teaching beginners and enjoys jumping without a wingsuit, too. She BASE jumps for fun.
In-depth interview and photos (in pdf) by Zach Lewis in Blue Skies Magazine (2017)
Profile by Brian Giboney in Parachutist Magazine (2011)
10 Questions for the CYPRES blog (2017)
"Why I Still Skydive" by Taya Weiss in Smithsonian Magazine (2015)