September 2017

September 2017

September 2017
photo by Mike Carpenter | D-34137
Team FLO (from left: Chad Ross, Mike Bohn and Colby McNeil) launches a sit-train exit at GoJump Oceanside in California.


Summer In Seattle—The Summer 2017 USPA Board of Directors Meeting A USPA Staff Report more »

Wingsuit Deployments Part 2

Deploying in a wingsuit is perhaps one of the most complicated tasks in skydiving. The current trend in wingsuit design—toward more efficient and powerful designs that are capable of higher forward speeds than previous suits—translates to higher risk for pilots who are not practicing proper technique when deploying their main canopies.  more »

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.”

An old-timer who had certainly lost more than his share of friends to the phenomenon sighed out this thought while sitting around a campfire at the Holiday Boogie at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Truer words have never been spoken about the sport. more »

Summer in Seattle

A USPA Staff Report more »

Gearing Up

Ed ScottFor eight years, five months and counting, USPA members have enjoyed the longest run ever without a dues increase. That streak will end on January 1, when USPA dues and rating and license fees go up an average of 20 percent. No one on the staff or the board takes such action lightly, and both should be commended for making the 2009 dues change last as long as possible. more »

Back-Fly backward Drive

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Misrouted Pud Bridle

A jumper using a pull-out pilot chute (known as a “pud”) experienced a total malfunction due to a misrouting of the main-closing-pin bridle. The jumper could extract the pud’s handle but couldn’t extract the pin due to the misrouting. The jumper pulled her reserve ripcord and landed uneventfully under her reserve parachute. more »

Breaking the Links in the Chain

Survey information provided by members of USPA indicates that “Incident Reports” is one of the most important and widely read sections of Parachutist magazine. Apparently, we all see the value in learning from these reports in hopes of avoiding a similar situation on our own skydives. Skydivers are not unique in learning through this type of process. Airplane pilots, BASE jumpers, scuba divers and all sorts of people who participate in potentially dangerous activities study accident information. An entire government agency, the National Transportation Safety Board, is dedicated to investigating accidents in every form of transportation, all in the name of discovering their true causes and developing recommendations for avoiding them in the future. So it is not unusual at all that you would want to read “Incident Reports” for educational purposes. more »

Putting Your Name on the Line

Instructors and instructor examiners are responsible for lots of things when working with license and rating candidates. One of the most important and often overlooked tasks is the verification of license and rating requirements. Every USPA license requires the candidate to complete a minimum number of jumps and amount of freefall time. Every USPA rating requires a minimum number of jumps and amount of freefall time, and the candidate must hold a license of a certain level or higher. Every new examiner rating requires a minimum number of total jumps, student jumps and evaluation jumps. In other words, there is a lot to verify! It is important that the instructor or instructor examiner verifies these requirements through logbook entries or even drop zone manifest records to make sure that the candidate has met the jump number, freefall time and other requirements. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Vicki Dillon

I frequently said that for my 50th birthday, I wanted to make a skydive. Just before my 48th birthday, my son, who had recently achieved his A license, said, “Mom, don’t wait. You are going to love it.” A few weeks later I took my first jump and knew I was going to do more. more »