Expert Advice in the IRM

The Instructional Rating Manual (as well as the Skydiver’s Information Manual) is a continual work in progress. Every two years, USPA publishes the new manual, which include all the changes the USPA Board of Directors adopted since its last release. Some of the changes are significant and some are very small formatting or typographical edits. Where do these suggested changes come from? They come from you, the USPA member. Some come from students who are new to skydiving and others come from experienced coaches, instructors and examiners. more »

Avoiding Deployment Collisions—Group Separation

Last month, “Safety Check” addressed the issues of finding clear airspace for your main canopy deployment and avoiding the other jumpers within your group. This month, “Safety Check” addresses the issues surrounding separation between groups. more »

Foreign or Military License and Rating Conversions

As a USPA Instructor or Instructor Examiner, you may need to help a skydiver who holds foreign or military credentials obtain a USPA license or rating. USPA does not have a process for automatically converting non-USPA licenses or ratings into USPA licenses or ratings, but shortcuts are available in some circumstances. more »

Reserve Ripcord Placement

While opening a container to start a reserve repack, a Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger found that the reserve ripcord was positioned on the top-reserve-flap grommet, pressed between the pin and the top of the grommet. more »

Head-Down Fall-Rate Changes In The Shelf Position

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Avoiding Canopy Collisions - Breakoff Separation

As skydiving continues to progress—with jumpers now enjoying a wide variety of disciplines and piloting faster canopies—it has become more challenging to find clear airspace at deployment time. Since 1999, 11 jumpers have died in canopy collisions. Additionally, there were many instances of collisions that resulted in injuries or cutaways, although the exact number is unknown.  more »

Providing Your Students the Best

One of the most important of an instructional rating holder’s tasks is ensuring that each student receives proper training for the USPA A license. Part of this responsibility includes making logbook entries and initialing required items on the USPA A-License Proficiency Card or A-License Progression Card to properly track and document this training. Some instructors are very good about making logbook entries and updating the license cards, but many could use improvement, and drop zones handle this process in a seemingly infinite number of ways. more »

Floating Handle

This jumper experienced a floating reserve ripcord handle while jumping with a costume for a television commercial. He received multiple gear checks before exiting, but the handle dislodged as he moved toward the door of the airplane. Although the handle floated loose, the reserve ripcord pin stayed in place throughout the freefall and canopy descent, and the jump was otherwise uneventful. more »

Mixed Formation Skydiving Random F (Totem)

 

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Mixed Formation Skydiving Block 8 (Bison)

 

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