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Wingsuit Deployments Part 2

Wingsuit Deployments Part 2

Advanced Techniques by Matt Gerdes with contributions from Chris Geiler, Will Kitto and Rich Webb. more »

The Seven Keys to Downsizing

The Seven Keys to Downsizing

“The most deadly aspect of skydiving isn’t swooping or wingsuiting or big-ways or collisions or whatever you think it is. It’s lack of patience.” more »

Summer in Seattle

Summer in Seattle

For many who attended the summer USPA Board of Directors meeting July 21-23, Seattle, Washington, offered respite from the oppressive heat blanketing most of the country. Armed with research and member feedback, the directors arrived in the Emerald City ready to tackle difficult topics and ensure the association’s continued success.   more »

The Clouds in Our Heads—On the Lake Erie Tragedy and the False Security of Technology

The Clouds in Our Heads—On the Lake Erie Tragedy and the False Security of Technology

On August 27, 1967, 16 skydivers died on the same load. What has come to be known as “The Lake Erie Tragedy” resulted in more fatalities than any other skydiving-related accident since. This month marks its 50th anniversary. more »

USPA Instructional Programs Through the Years

When the Integrated Student Program (ISP) was approved at the July 2000 USPA Board meeting after two years of testing and development, the next task at hand was restructuring the instructional rating system. The rating system that originated with the static-line program had become a confusing patchwork, pieced together when the Accelerated Freefall (AFF), Tandem and Instructor-Assisted Deployment (IAD) training methods and the Coach rating came along. The Instructor Examiner rating also needed a complete overhaul, since it had remained virtually unchanged since its introduction in 1962. It was definitely time to simplify this hodgepodge. more »

Misassembled Soft Links

While walking through the DZ hangar, a rigger noticed a licensed jumper’s main canopy attached to risers with soft links (Slinks®) that he had assembled incorrectly. The jumper had passed the soft link through the suspension lines of the main canopy only one time; when correctly assembled, the soft link passes through both the suspension lines and riser twice before the ends are secured together. He had jumped the canopy a few times in this misrigged configuration, and luckily the main canopy remained attached to the risers. The jumper, who was also the owner of the rig, thought that he had correctly followed the assembly instructions and didn’t consult a rigger. Replacing hard links with soft links is a complex assembly operation, which if done incorrectly could result in injury or death. According to the FAA, the maintenance should have been performed by a master rigger, senior rigger or by the owner while under the supervision of a master rigger. more »

Wings in Water

Everyone who holds a USPA B or higher license is required to have undergone live water training and should have an understanding of how to survive an unintentional water landing. However, wingsuits add another dimension to water landings and can complicate an already difficult situation. Recently, a group of jumpers set out to discover how a wingsuit water landing might differ from one in a traditional suit. They performed a total of 46 water entries into swimming pools, including some into a pool that had a moving current. They entered from diving boards and platforms, with and without attached main canopies, wearing fully zipped and partially zipped suits, and were sometimes fully clothed beneath those suits, including wearing heavy boots. more »

Tracking—Theory and Application

photos by Niklas Daniel

Tracking is an area that jumpers, regardless of skill level, need to continually practice and improve. Even those who have made thousands of skydives often need to go back and hone the basics, since many will have formed inefficient habits over the years. more »

Hot Topics—The Summer 2010 USPA Board Meeting

The 2009-2010 USPA Board of Directors held the fourth and final meeting of its term July 16-18 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Two drop zones in nearby Massachusetts, Jumptown and Pepperell Skydiving Center, invited USPA Board members and staff to visit their facilities throughout the weekend. Having the opportunity to jump may be the key to meeting efficiency—the board tackled several big issues during this busy but very smoothly run meeting. more »

Profile - Pip Redvers | D-21950

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20109Pip Redvers is a talented load organizer who knows how to make skydives work. Originally from England, Redvers now makes Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, his home drop zone. He is one of only a handful of people who have made more than 20,000 jumps, so if you get a chance to pick his brain about skydiving, it will be well worth your time. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Susan Gault

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by Susan Gault | USPA #236109 | Spartanburg, South Carolina

If I had a nickel for every time my mother said, “You and your daddy are insane,” I could buy myself a new rig. (OK, so maybe it would take a dollar instead of a nickel.) I smile when she says this, knowing that our insanity is the best thing that ever happened to us. more »

Gearing Up - September 2010

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Among the myriad responsibilities shared by USPA Instructors, Coaches and Safety & Training Advisors, and DZ operators and staff, the most important involve the training and supervision of student skydivers. DZ personnel apply detailed instruction and rigorous oversight beginning with the first jump and continuing through achievement of the USPA A license, at which point a skydiver is no longer considered a student. For students, each jump introduces new concepts, learning objectives and techniques, always amid ever-changing wind and weather conditions. Distractions are many and continuous. more »

Cutaway and Reserve-Deployment Sequence

This tandem main canopy opened up with line twists that could not be cleared, so the tandem instructor initiated emergency procedures. The following photos show the various stages of a reserve deployment initiated by a Skyhook reserve deployment system (though the instructor puller his reserve deployment handle, the Skyhook beat him to initiating deployment).

Photos by Sean Harrison: more »

RSL Decisions

Q:
I have a reserve static line (RSL), but I don’t know whether I should connect it or not. What are the issues involved? more »

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