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    2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!   (Jan 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    The 2018 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up Wednesday, January 2, at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The competition, the longest-running skydiving competition in the U.S., drew 73 college skydivers from 13 schools across the U.S.

    2018 Ends with Historic Metric   (Jan 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    Since 1961 USPA has compiled every skydiving fatality in the U.S., except skydives conducted under military orders. Thirteen skydiving fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in 2018. That’s a historic low.

    2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!   (Apr 2019) Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

    The 2019 USPA National Canopy Piloting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, this September will now include a freestyle test event. The three-jump event is scheduled for September 10, with official registration on September 9.

    2019 Summer BOD Meeting—Safety and Training Committee Issues Discussed   (Aug 2019) Homepage Industry News

    At the USPA Board of Directors’ summer meeting July 12-14 in Arlington, Virginia, the Safety & Training Committee discussed several issues.

    2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) 2019 Competition Updates   (May 2019) Parachutist Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

    The USPA Board of Directors, with guidance from seasoned mixed formation skydiving competitors, approved changes to the MFS event for the 2019 National Skydiving Championships. Based on competitor feedback from the 2018 Nationals, changes were made to allow for closer synergy between the advanced and open classes, as well as to continue to increase national (and hopefully one day international) participation with the addition of an entry-level intermediate class. MFS is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in skydiving and strives to provide a multi-orientation playing field for all levels of freeflyers.

    39 Members to Run for USPA Board   (Aug 2018) Homepage Industry News

    As of August 2, 2018, 39 members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming election for USPA’s Board of Directors. All 22 seats on the board are up for grabs, with 18 members vying for the eight National Director slots and 21 members running as Regional Director candidates.

    4-Way and 8-Way Champions Named!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
    Arizona Airspeed is once again the national champion of 4-way formation skydiving, as well as the designated U.S. Team that will compete at the 2018 World Championships in Australia!
    Formation skydiving has taken over Skydive Perris in California this week at the 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships. With 73 4-way teams, the event finished in two days. After a tight race, Airspeed edged out SDC Rhythm XP for the gold in open. Ranch 2nd Generation claimed the top spot in advanced, with STF Vega XP winning gold in intermediate.
    Following quickly on the heels of 4-way, 24 8-way teams took to the sky. The Golden Knights once again are the 8-way national champions and U.S. Team. In advanced, The French 8-Way Team won gold, and AF Rodisiac claimed the top spot in intermediate.
    The two weeks of Nationals action will wrap up Friday and Saturday with the 16-way and 10-way events.
    Full scores are available on OmniSkore.com, and Skydive-TV’s daily broadcasts of all the action appear at skydive-tv.com.
    4-Way Center Stage at Nationals   (Sep 2018) Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

    Follow all the scores at OmniSkore.com, and check out USPA’s Facebook page for photos throughout the event, which continues until September 18.

    6 Members to Run for USPA Central Regional Director in Special Election   (Oct 2019) Homepage Industry News

    As of October 3, 2019, six USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of the Central Regional Director’s term on the USPA Board of Directors.

    6th Dubai International Parachuting Championships Postponed   (Feb 2021) Competition Industry News
    75 Years and Counting…   (Jul 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
    A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic   (Mar 2020) Homepage Industry News

    USPA remains committed to serving our membership during this growing pandemic.

    Advanced Aerospace Designs Releases Service Bulletin Mandatory by December 31, 2019   (Oct 2018) Homepage Industry News Service Bulletins

    Advanced Aerospace Designs has released Public Service Bulletin PSB-02-2018 which requires all Vigil 2 automatic activation devices with serial numbers from 16,000 to 21,999 to be inspected by the manufacturer. 

    After-market Tandem Risers MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP   (Sep 2020) Industry News Service Bulletins

    PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.

    Air Traffic Control and Skydiving Again Face Threat!   (Apr 2018) Homepage Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    This proposal would pull ATC out of the FAA and move it to the U.S. Department of Transportation, where a new Management Advisory Council, populated with airline interests, would serve as the ATC board of directors.

    Anemometer   (Sep 2021) Industry News Anemometer
    Anemometer   (Nov 2021) Industry News Anemometer
    Anemometer   (Dec 2021) Industry News Anemometer
    Anemometer—A Long Road to the World Parachuting Championships-Mondial By Albert Berchtold   (Aug 2021) Industry News Anemometer
    Another ATC Win for Skydiving!   (Apr 2018) Homepage Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    The action calls worked and it now appears that the needed FAA funding bill will pass without changes to the structure of air traffic control. “Once again, we thank our members who made the calls in defense of skydiving’s airspace needs,” said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott.

    ATC Vote is Delayed   (Jul 2017) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action
    The House bill that would privatize air traffic control, HR 2997, has been pulled and there will be no House vote this week. That indicates that House leadership does not think there are enough votes to pass it at this time. A vote on the bill will almost certainly be rescheduled. "The voices of USPA members and 120 other general aviation groups are being heard," said USPA's Executive Director Ed Scott. "We all need to be ready to weigh-in again in the coming weeks."
    Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

    USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, and we are excited to announce that it will now be broadcast Webinar style via Zoom.

    Aviation Groups Join USPA to Defend Airport Access   (Jul 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
    Big Win for DZs at Hawaii’s Dillingham Airfield Photos by Patrick Kessler and Lindsay Wheeler   (Apr 2020) Homepage Industry News

    On April 15, USPA and other general aviation groups won a reprieve for aviation businesses, including two drop zones, at Dillingham Airfield in Waialua, Hawaii.

    Board to Elect a New National Director   (Dec 2019) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors is in need of a new National Director to fill the vacancy when Shanon Searls joins the USPA staff as the new Director of Sport Promotion on December 17.

    Brian Naiman Elected USPA Pacific Regional Director   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

    The results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Pacific Regional Director seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

    Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley   (Apr 2018) Homepage Industry News

    A celebration of life for Larry K. Bagley has been scheduled for June 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes   (Aug 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    Gary Peek, D-8884, who had served on USPA’s board of directors for 23 years, was found dead in his home in St. Charles, Missouri on August 13. A full recap of his USPA service will appear in the October Parachutist.

    Chairman Drops Push to Privatize ATC   (Feb 2018) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    Late Tuesday night, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee announced that he was dropping his push to privatize air traffic control. Opposition by general aviation users, including members of USPA, prevented the idea from getting any traction within Congress.

    Charles Crinklaw Elected as USPA Central Regional Director   (Dec 2019) Homepage Industry News

    Results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Central Region seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

    Competition Committee Action   (Jul 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    At its summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors made a number of changes to the Skydiver’s Competition Manual and the Competition Committee discussed multiple topics that resulted in no action.

    Dave DeWolf Passes Away at Age 86   (May 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call

    Longtime parachute rigging instructor and skydiver Dave DeWolf, D-1046, passed away late in the evening of Wednesday, May 22, at age 86. DeWolf was known to nearly everyone as “Handsome Dave,” and his friends, students and colleagues remember him not only for his extensive knowledge of rigging, but also for his playful personality and sense of humor.

    Dillingham Airfield Gets Six-Month Extension   (May 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
    Don Kellner Reaches Jump #45,000!   (May 2019) Homepage Industry News Membership Services

    Don Kellner earned USPA 45,000-Jump Wings #1 after making his 45,000th skydive on Saturday, April 20, over Above the Poconos Skydivers, which he and his wife Darlene own, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He made the jump in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first intentional freefall, which Leslie Irvin completed April 28, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio.

    Eight Members in the Running for USPA Pacific Regional Director   (Jun 2020) Homepage Industry News

    As of the June 15, 2020, deadline, eight USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of the Pacific Regional Director’s term on the USPA Board of Directors.

    Executive Director Update November 2020   (Nov 2020) Industry News USPA.org News

    Incoming Executive Director Albert Berchtold updates USPA members on matters of the organization. Learn more at https://uspa.org/ OR https://parachutist.com/. Blue Skies!

    FAA Amends Pilatus Porter Airworthiness Directive   (Dec 2021) Parachutist Industry News
    Firebird Releases Service Bulletin Mandatory Before Next Jump   (Mar 2019) Homepage Industry News Service Bulletins

    Firebird USA LLC has released Public Service Bulletin FB 2019-01 which requires all Firebird EVO HC with Pillow Ripcord assemblies PN 012 built 
between April 2018-March 2019 with serial numbers CB 001-CB 010 to be inspected by the manufacturer. 

    First Events Wrap Up at Nationals   (Sep 2018) Homepage Competition Industry News

    After nearly two full days on the ground due to weather, the first events wrapped up at the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Former Regional Director Randy Schroeder Dies   (Apr 2020) Homepage Industry News
    Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations   (Dec 2018) Homepage Industry News

    The International Skydiving Hall of Fame honors those who “through leadership, innovation and/or accomplishments, have defined, promoted and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained level.” Those who wish to nominate a skydiver for this honor should visit skydivingmuseum.org/hall-of-fame/ for additional information and a nomination form. The Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for 2019’s inductees through December 31 of this year.

    Hall of Fame Skydiver Paul Poppenhager Passes   (May 2020) Homepage Industry News
    ISC Plans for August Mondial Despite Ongoing Challenges   (Jan 2021) Event News Industry News

    At its January meeting, the International Skydiving Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (world skydiving’s governing body), continued its discussions regarding the fate of the 2020 (rescheduled to 2021) World Skydiving Championships Mondial in Russia in August.

    Melissa Lowe Elected USPA National Director   (Dec 2020) Industry News USPA.org News Homepage USPA
    NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”   (Jul 2018) Parachutist Competition Records Industry News Competition News

    Each year, the National Aeronautic Association selects what it considers aviation's most memorable records from the previous year and honors those records at an event near Washington, D.C. 

    Nationals 2020 Update (August 5, 2020)   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

    USPA is still determining whether a 2020 USPA Nationals can be conducted safely and if so, how. USPA is exploring options while trying to ensure competitors in all disciplines/events have an opportunity to compete.

    Nationals Comes to a Close   (Oct 2017) Competition Industry News

    Two weeks of non-stop action completed Saturday night at Skydive Perris in California, as the 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships came to a close. More than 500 competitors from across the U.S. and abroad filled the skies over Southern California each day, vying for the title of national champion in multiple events—wingsuit flying, artistic freeflying and freestyle, formation skydiving, vertical and mixed formation skydiving, and speed skydiving. Skydive Perris proved to be a superb host, holding Nationals for the first time since 2005.
    The final events—16-way and 10-way formation skydiving—were a fun finish to the excitement, with GKXP winning gold in 16-way and Arizona Airspeed taking the top spot in 10-way. Competitors, judges, staff and friends celebrated at the final awards ceremony and banquet poolside Saturday night.
    Full scores are available on OmniSkore.com, and Skydive-TV’s daily broadcasts of all the action appear at skydive-tv.com. Look for a complete report in the December issue of Parachutist.

    Nationals Update   (Jul 2020) Homepage Industry News

    Due to continuing uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and after reviewing more than 450 responses to a survey of recent competitors, Skydive City Zephyrhills decided—with USPA’s full support—to decline to host the 2020 USPA Skydiving and Parachuting National Championships scheduled for October 30-November 21.

    NTSB to Consider Stricter Part 91 Regulations   (Feb 2021) Industry News Government Relations
    Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado   (Apr 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call USPA In Action

    Orange Skies Free Fall Center launched its opening weekend at Fort Morgan Municipal Airport in Colorado April 20-21.

    Paper Shortage to Delay Parachutist Magazine   (Nov 2021) Industry News
    Parachute Nationals Completes; Freefall Nationals Underway!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
    The 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships wrapped up Saturday, September 16, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The event included classic accuracy, canopy formation and canopy piloting. Despite a delayed start due to rain, blue skies prevailed the rest of the week, and the meet finished two days ahead of schedule.
    Parachute Nationals Kicks Off at Raeford!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
    Despite a couple days of rain courtesy of the outer edges of Hurricane Irma, competitors are gathering for the start of the 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The event includes classic accuracy, canopy formation and canopy piloting.

    The scheduled start for accuracy of Monday, September 11, was pushed back due to rain, but the 19 registered competitors are gathering Tuesday for the competitor briefing and a hopeful start of jumping. The CF event kicks off Wednedsay, and CP starts Friday.

    Skydive-TV, an online and mobile skydiving TV channel, is again onsite to produce daily broadcasts of all the action. Scores for accuracy and canopy formation will be available at OmniSkore.com, and CP scores will be on Control Tower. Event updates will appear on the Facebook event page.
    Parachuting Nationals Completes at Sebastian   (Sep 2018) Homepage Industry News

    USPA Nationals season came to an end Thursday, September 27, at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, one day ahead of schedule. Sebastian hosted 10 days of canopy action for the 2018 USPA National Parachuting Championships, which included classic accuracy, canopy formation and canopy piloting.

    Paul "Pop" Poppenhager | D-47 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2016) Homepage People Profiles Industry News

    Longtime Florida drop zone owner and instructor Paul “Pop” Poppenhager, D-47, was born in June 1934 and became interested in skydiving at a young age while watching his father jump at airshows.

    PIA Selects Scott and Ottinger as Leadership Award Recipients   (Jun 2021) Industry News Homepage USPA
    Pioneer Jerry Bourquin Passes Away   (Feb 2021) Homepage People Industry News
    Project 19 Launches App   (Oct 2020) Industry News Gear & Industry Spotlight

    On August 14, the Women’s Skydiving Network launched the Project 19 skydiving app to provide educational tools and resources to those training for large head-down formations, particularly the Project 19 women’s head-down record.

    Ron Bell Selected as USPA Director of Safety & Training   (Oct 2018) Homepage Industry News

    USPA has selected Ron Bell as its next Director of Safety & Training, succeeding Jim Crouch who has served in that position a phenomenal 18 years. Bell’s start date is October 29.

    Shanon Searls Joins USPA as Director of Sport Promotion   (Dec 2019) Homepage Industry News

    USPA has selected Shanon Searls as its new Director of Sport Promotion, succeeding Nancy Koreen, who has served in this position for 10 years. Searls’ start date is December 17.

    Skydive Mountaineer Opens in West Virginia   (May 2019) Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call

    Skydive Mountaineer held its inaugural weekend May 18-19 at the Maley Field Airport in Shinniston, West Virginia. The new DZ is operating a Cessna 182, taking off from North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg and landing at Maley Field.

    Skydivers Mourn Pres. George H.W. Bush Photo by Tom Sanders   (Dec 2018) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    President George H.W. Bush knew why we jump; he was truly one of us. We mourn his passing this past Friday.

    Skydiving Luminary Larry Bagley Passes   (Mar 2018) Homepage Industry News

    Larry K. Bagley, D-4522, passed away on March 27 after a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife Cindi, D-10889. "Bags," as he was known, left a legacy in skydiving that few have ever matched or ever will. Arrangements are pending.

    Skydiving Nationals a Wrap   (Sep 2018) Parachutist Homepage Industry News
    Following two full weeks of action, the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships came to a close on Tuesday, September 18, at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. More than 600 competitors flocked to CSC from across the country and abroad over the course of the event. After bad weather the first few days limited the number of rounds for the artistic events and vertical formation skydiving, sunny skies prevailed, allowing all remaining events to complete on schedule.
    Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away   (Nov 2019) Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call

    Nathan “Nate” Pond, D-69, passed away at his home in Andover, Vermont, on November 3. He was 87.

    Skydiving Reaches Record Growth and Safety!   (Feb 2019) Homepage Industry News

    Last year, the sport of skydiving reached record levels of safety in the U.S., while participation continued to grow to record numbers. In 2018, the U.S. Parachute Association recorded the lowest number of skydiving fatalities—13—in the U.S. since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago.

    STAR Award Winners Announced!   (Feb 2019) Homepage Industry News

    For the first time, USPA and Sigma hosted the STAR Awards at the Parachute Industry Association Symposium in Dallas, Texas. The Skydiving Technology Advancement Roundup competition invited anyone who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes technology products in the skydiving field to enter product submissions in three categories: jumper experience, drop zone tools, and safety and training. Nine finalists—three in each category—presented their products at the USPA booth in the PIA exhibit hall February 5-7.

    Sunrise Manufacturing Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin   (Oct 2018) Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

    Sunrise Manufacturing International, Inc., maker of the Wings harness and container system, has issued a mandatory service bulletin for rigs equipped with an RSL with Reserve Boost MARD (Main-Assisted Reserve Deployment).

    Ten Members in the Running for USPA National Director   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

    As of the September 15, 2020, deadline, 10 USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of National Director Albert Berchtold’s term on the USPA Board of Directors following his resignation to serve as USPA Executive Director. The election begins November 2.

    That's a wrap! USPA Board Meets in Nashville   (Sep 2020) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors held its fourth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-20. For the first time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for any USPA members to observe.

    Thirty-Six Members to Run for USPA Board   (Aug 2021) Industry News USPA.org News Homepage USPA
    U.S. Skydiving Suffers Most Devastating Loss Since 1995   (Jun 2019) Homepage Industry News

    On June 21 a Beechcraft King Air with 10 skydivers on board crashed shortly after takeoff from Dillingham Field near Waialua, Hawaii. All 11 aboard the aircraft were killed in the crash. The recent Hawaii crash was the deadliest jump plane crash since the September 1995 crash of a Beechcraft Queen Air near West Point, Virginia that killed 11 on board the aircraft and one person on the ground.

    U.S. Team Seeks Team Leaders   (Oct 2019) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Competition Department is looking for qualified individuals to fill the available leadership positions at the upcoming 2020 FAI World Championships at DZ Tanay in Siberia, Russia.

    Updates on Online Rating Renewals   (Jun 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    The testing and soft launch of USPA’s new online rating renewal system are ending, and we’re poised to release this functionality for all members possibly as early as June 10. To facilitate online renewals, many supporting features needed to be in place, and you may have already started seeing changes on your USPA profile.

    UPT Identifies Problem with Vector Student Containers, Offers Fix   (Feb 2021) Industry News Gear & Industry Spotlight

    On February 11, United Parachute Technologies announced that it had identified problems affecting the reserve deployment on some of its Vector SE student containers and has offered a field fix, as well as a permanent fix.

    USPA Acts to Prevent ATC Privatization   (Mar 2017) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    USPA has joined a coalition of 15 general aviation associations in letters to Congress in strident opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to privatize air traffic control. The Trump budget, released last week, proposes to end air traffic control as a government function of the Federal Aviation Administration and convert it to a private corporation. All general aviation groups are opposed to the concept, which grants airlines a majority position on the private board that would run the corporation.

    USPA Addresses Round-Parachute Groups   (May 2019) Homepage Industry News

    In recent years, USPA has been aware of the growth of groups using static-lined round parachutes to either reenact World War II-style airborne jumps or simply to experience or relive military-style jumps. For the most part, these groups conduct static-line jumps from about 1,500 feet AGL using round main parachutes, front-mounted reserves and no reserve static lines, automatic activation devices or altimeters. Most but not all of their jumpers do not qualify for a USPA license and would be considered student skydivers. USPA has had no issue whatsoever with these groups doing their jumps at their own locations and at airshows with Federal Aviation Administration approval.

    USPA Approves Specified Round Canopy Jumping   (May 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News Five Minute Call

    On May 23, the USPA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee voted to allow USPA members to jump with the U.S. round parachute groups that are recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration. USPA members may perform static-line jumps with these groups using the groups’ equipment at their own airport locations, at FAA-approved airshows and demonstrations, and at events in foreign countries governed by those countries’ aviation authorities. USPA specifies that these static-line jumps must be at a minimum altitude of 1,500 feet above ground level.

    USPA Board Election Process Begins   (Jun 2021) Industry News

    On June 1, USPA begins the process of having its members elect its 22-member board of directors for the 2022-2024 term.

    USPA Board Elections Conclude Revised 11/20/2018   (Nov 2018) Homepage Industry News

    Results are in for the 2019-2021 USPA Board of Directors election, which concluded October 31. *Revised 11/20/2018*

    USPA Board Meets in Dallas   (Feb 2019) Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors gathered for the first meeting of its three-year term February 1-3 in Dallas, Texas. The new board welcomed six new members, two of whom had previously been on the board and returned after a hiatus.

    USPA Board Meets in Phoenix   (Feb 2020) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

    USPA Board Meets in Virginia   (Jul 2019) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14. The Virginia location gave directors, including those on the board for the first time, the opportunity to visit USPA Headquarters, an hour south in Fredericksburg, prior to the meeting.

    USPA Board Withdraws from Indoor Skydiving   (Jul 2017) Competition Industry News Government Relations
    Beginning November 1, USPA will no longer be involved in indoor skydiving by supporting indoor skydiving national championships or selecting U.S. Teams for international indoor skydiving competitions. USPA will seek to cooperate with any emerging national governing body for tunnel flying.
    USPA Call to Action: Oppose ATC Privatization   (Jun 2017) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    This week the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released the draft of an FAA reauthorization bill, the 21st Century AIRR Act, that would remove air traffic control from the FAA and create a new private, non-profit corporation to run the nation's air traffic control system. The bill gives the privatized ATC corporation authority to enact new user fees to be paid by system users. While the bill also exempts general aviation operators from paying a user fee for air traffic control services, there is no guarantee that a future Congress or administration wouldn't remove that exemption. (The companion Senate bill proposes neither ATC privatization or aviation user fees.)

    USPA Call to Action: Oppose ATC Privatization (Updated 10-3)   (Oct 2017) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    THIS MAY BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE SKYDIVING FROM DIRE CONSEQUENCES
    The proponents of the bad idea of stripping air traffic control from the FAA, and handing it to a new private corporation are planning to have the House vote on their bill--HR 2997--next week. All of the general aviation (GA) groups, including USPA, are opposed. If you have not called your Congressional Representative and secured their "no" vote on HR 2997, please do so now!

    USPA Cancels 2020 Nationals   (Aug 2020) Homepage Competition Industry News Competition News

    On August 17 USPA’s board of directors convened a meeting to discuss whether to hold or cancel the 2020 USPA National Championships.

    USPA Changes Insurance Agency   (Nov 2019) Homepage Industry News

    The insurance coverage for individual members and demo jumpers will be provided by the same underwriter and be identical in all respects to the current coverage; same levels of coverage, same premiums. The change is being made to ensure that our members will continue to receive professional advice from a partner who has served the association well for many years.

    USPA Collegiate Championships a Success!   (Jan 2018) Competition Industry News Competition News

    The 2017 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up Tuesday, January 2, at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales. The competition, the longest-running collegiate event in history, drew 82 college skydivers from across the U.S. As always, The U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy were well represented, as were the U.S. Naval Academy and University of Connecticut. Students also competed from Fort Lewis College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State University, Northeastern University, University of Georgia and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Despite some clouds and rain, jumpers completed at least the minimum number of required rounds in all events.

    USPA Honors Members With Service Awards   (Jul 2018) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board also selected three recipients for its Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the skydiving community. All of the esteemed recipients will receive their awards at dates and locations to be determined.

    USPA Joins GA Groups Opposed to ATC Privatization   (Jun 2017) Industry News Government Relations USPA In Action

    USPA today joined a host of powerhouse general aviation associations in a joint letter to President Trump expressing concerns for his administration’s proposal to remove air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration and hand it over to a private, non-profit corporation. President Trump made the announcement this morning in a press event at the White House.

    USPA Partners With International Skydiving Museum   (Jul 2018) Homepage Industry News

    On Saturday, July 14, the U.S. Parachute Association became the official Host Country Affiliate of the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame

    USPA Reaches Record-High Membership!   (May 2019) Homepage Industry News Membership Services

    USPA ended April with its highest-ever membership—40,620 members! The milestone comes after last October’s high of 40,441 members. USPA reached the 40,000-member mark for the first time ever last summer. These numbers indicate that the sport of skydiving is continuing to grow, as more people not only jump for the first time, but return to pursue the sport as a hobby. USPA anticipates that these numbers will continue to climb throughout the upcoming summer season.

    USPA Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors   (Jun 2018) Homepage Industry News

    On June 1, USPA began the process that culminates in its members electing the 2019-2021 USPA Board of Directors. All USPA members in good standing who are at least age 18 on or before August 1, 2018, are eligible to run for one of the 14 Regional Director or eight National Director seats.

    USPA Seeks New Director of Competition & Records   (May 2018) Industry News

    "In his four-year tenure, Randy has elevated USPA's stature in the world arena of skydiving competition and records," said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott. "We thank him and wish him well."

    USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training   (Jun 2018) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    "Over 18 years, through profound changes in skydiving equipment, procedures, and methods of instruction, Jim has worked hard to produce the dramatic decline in serious accidents in our sport."

    USPA Seeks New National Director   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors is seeking a USPA member to fill an upcoming board vacancy that will be created when Albert Berchtold resigns his national director seat this fall to assume the executive director position at USPA Headquarters.

    USPA Seeks New Pacific Regional Director   (May 2020) Parachutist Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors is seeking a USPA member from the Pacific Region to fill a vacancy on the board.

    USPA Sees Record Low Fatalities in 2020   (Jan 2021) Industry News

    Eleven people died during sport skydives in the United States during the last year, marking the lowest number of fatalities in any year since USPA began keeping records in 1961, when there were 14 fatalities.

    USPA Selects Albert Berchtold as Next Executive Director   (Jul 2020) Homepage Industry News

    Albert Berchtold, D-27832, has been selected as USPA’s next executive director, officially taking the job on January 1, 2021. After an eight-month search process, USPA’s board of directors affirmed the decision this week.

    USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes   (Jul 2017) Industry News Membership Services

    The USPA Board of Directors held its summer meeting July 21-23 in Seattle, Washington. Following are meeting highlights:

    • The board voted to raise individual and introductory membership dues, rating fees and Group Member dues effective January 1, 2018.
    • The board changed the Group Member pledge so that Group Member drop zones must now require individual USPA memberships once a student is cleared for self-supervision.
    • Beginning November 1, USPA will no longer be involved in indoor skydiving by supporting indoor skydiving national championships or selecting U.S. Teams for international indoor skydiving competitions. USPA will seek to cooperate with any emerging national governing body for tunnel flying.
    • The board determined that any aircraft used for high-altitude or wingsuit distance or time skydiving records must comply with all Federal Aviation Regulations related to that aircraft for the record to be valid.
    • Effective immediately, the board increased the required number of evaluation jumps to obtain a Coach Examiner rating to 25.
    • Effective immediately, the Safety & Training Committee will review all proficiency cards for candidates seeking a Coach Examiner or Instructor Examiner rating.
    • The board awarded the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to Mark Baur, USPA #9091; Ben Crowell, USPA #73563; and Chuck Karcher, USPA #27444.
    • The board awarded the USPA Regional Achievement Award to DeWayne Bruette, USPA #812; Harry Ervin, USPA #555; Miles Hubbard, USPA #1697; and Marilyn Wuest, USPA #56785, and Doug Wuest, USPA #57623.

    The USPA Board will next meet March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas.

    USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes   (Jul 2018) Homepage Industry News

    The USPA Board of Directors held its final meeting of the three-year term July 13-15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read more to see the meeting highlights.

    USPA to Hold Summer Board Meeting in Nashville with Options for Remote Attendance   (Aug 2020) Homepage Industry News

    As of August 14, USPA’s board of directors has committed to holding its scheduled meeting of September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    USPA Winter Board Meeting Concludes   (Mar 2018) Homepage Industry News Membership Services

    The USPA Board of Directors met in San Antonio, Texas, March 2-4 for its winter board meeting.

    Vertical Events Complete at Nationals!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
    The 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Perris in California is the place to be this week! The artistic and vertical events—freeflying, freestyle, vertical formation skydiving and mixed formation skydiving—along with speed skydiving wrapped up Saturday. Some tight competitions and amazing flying made for an exciting few days.
    Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance   (Apr 2018) Homepage Industry News Service Bulletins

    Advanced Aerospace Designs has released a Public Service Bulletin PSB-01-2018, regarding certain Vigil II and Vigil 2+ Automatic Activation Devices. The bulletin provides instructions for updating the firmware of affected units that can generate an error code during high-altitude jumps above 27,000 feet. Compliance is mandatory before any jump made from 27,000 feet, or higher, or by no later than May, 2020 for those with affected units who are not making any high altitude jumps.

    Wingsuit Champions Named; Vertical Events Up Next!   (Sep 2017) Competition Industry News
    The wingsuit flying competition at the 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships completed Tuesday, September 19, at Skydive Perris in California. Team Flatspin has again claimed the national champion title in the acrobatic flying event, and Chris Geiler, the current world champion, earned gold in the performance flying event.
    Next up are the vertical events: Artistic freeflying and freestyle and vertical formation skydiving start Thursday, and mixed formation skydiving begins on Friday.
    A full schedule of events and additional information are available on the Perris website and the Facebook event page. Scores are available on OmniSkore.com.
    Skydive-TV, an online and mobile skydiving TV channel, is again onsite to produce daily broadcasts of all the action. Be sure to catch all the episodes at skydive-tv.com.
    World Meet Postponed to 2021   (Apr 2020) Homepage Industry News

    Manuals

    Forms

    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Evaluations Forms PDF (fillable)   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Forms PDF   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    A-License Proficiency Card (1 page) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    A-License Progression Card (ISP; 2 pages) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: B-D License PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: Canopy Formation Award PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Application: Judge Rating PDF   (May 2015) Forms Judge Rating
    Application: PRO Rating & High Performance Endorsement PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Application: Tenure Award PDF   (Apr 2010) Forms Awards
    Application: USPA Membership & Rating Renewal PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Application: Wings & Badges Awards PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card PDF   (Sep 2019) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Demo Insurance Application and Notification Form PDF   (Nov 2020) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Incident Report Form PDF   (Apr 2019) Forms Incident Report
    Initial Application as a Foreign Affiliate Group Member (Non-U.S. Only) PDF   (Apr 2019) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for College Clubs (U.S. Only) PDF   (Oct 2021) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for Group Membership (U.S. Only) PDF   (Feb 2020) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Proficiency Card: AFF Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Coach Rating PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Examiner PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: IAD/SL Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Military Transition PDF   (Sep 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Proficiency Card: Tandem Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    S&TA Waiver Form PDF   (Apr 2018) Downloads Forms Waivers
    Waiver Request PDF   (Nov 2019) Downloads Waivers

    USPA Meeting Minutes

    BOD 2021 Summer Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2021 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2021 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Summer Meeting PDF   (Dec 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2016 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2016 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2016 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2015 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    2014 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2014 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2014 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2013 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2013 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2013 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2012 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2012 Summer Meeting PDF   (Aug 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2012 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2011 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2011 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2011 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2010 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2010 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2010 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2009 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2009 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2009 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2008 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2008 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Apr 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2008 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2007 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2007 General Membership Meeting PDF   (May 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2007 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2006 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Nov 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2006 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2006 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2005 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2005 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2005 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2004 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2004 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2004 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2003 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2003 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2003 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005
    BOD 2000 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2000) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005

    Miscellaneous

    2013 DOT Opinion on Taxes PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers   (Dec 2019)

    On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.

    After-market Tandem Risers MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP   (Sep 2020)

    PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.

    Article: 9/11 Aftermath Report PDF   (Aug 2016)
    Article: Angle Flying PDF   (Nov 2015)
    Article: Ches Judy Award PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Article: Gear Fear PDF   (Sep 2015)
    Article: Landing in a Tree PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Article: Safety in Numbers PDF   (Jan 2011)
    Article: The RSL PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Article: Water Landings PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient LINK   (Mar 2020)
    Dermody Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Dunn Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    DZO Memo PDF   (Jul 2012)
    FAA AC 105-2E PDF   (Dec 2013)
    FAA AC 90-66B CHG 1 PDF   (Feb 2019)
    FAA Airworthiness Directive for certain UPT reserve pin covers PDF   (Apr 2021)

    The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    FAA Proposal (07/03/12) PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Flight Planner   (Jan 2019)
    Huerta Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Insurance Policy Summary   (Mar 2021)
    ISP Grid PDF   (May 2012)
    Parachute Landing Area Update PDF   (Aug 2012)
    Skydiving Makes the Perfect Experience Gift   (Dec 2019)

    It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.

    Strong Enterprises Issues Service Bulletin for Tandem Drogue PDF   (Apr 2021)

    Strong Enterprises issued Service Bulletin #35 mandating inspection of the 3-ring attachment on tandem drogues manufactured between June 22, 2020, and February 2, 2021 whose last three digits of the serial numbers between 625 and 714. Status is MANDATORY. Compliance is IMMEDIATE – before the next jump.

    USPA Hangar Policy Comments PDF   (Jun 2016)
    Wingsuit Instructor Draft PDF   (Sep 2012)