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USPA and PIA Jointly Issue Skydiver Advisory


On March 31, USPA and the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) issued a joint “Skydiver Advisory” to address concerns regarding some unexplained fatalities in recent years. While USPA and PIA do not yet fully understand the causes of these incidents, there are actions every skydiver and rigger can take to reduce the chances of a similar occurrence while PIA gathers more data for an in-depth review by equipment and rigging experts. The full advisory appears below: more »

Pierced Bridles Pose Continuing Problems

USPA recently learned of another jumper who experienced a pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction due to a main closing pin piercing the bridle on a Velocity Sports Equipment Infinity rig. In the past four years, a number of jumpers have experienced this type of malfunction on various brands of rigs, including the Infinity. In this case, the pilot chute deployed the main canopy after a short delay, just before the jumper initiated emergency procedures. When the jumper landed, he discovered that the main pin had pierced the bridle and then tore completely through the bridle’s edge. more »