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Skydiving Reaches Record Growth and Safety!
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Skydiving Reaches Record Growth and Safety!

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.

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STAR Award Winners Announced!
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STAR Award Winners Announced!

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.

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Skydiving News | February 2019

USPA Board Meets in Dallas

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.

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2018 Ends with Historic Metric
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2018 Ends with Historic Metric

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.

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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!
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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!

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.

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Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations
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Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

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.

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Skydivers Mourn Pres. George H.W. Bush
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Skydivers Mourn Pres. George H.W. Bush

Photo by Tom Sanders

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

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USPA Board Elections Conclude
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USPA Board Elections Conclude

Revised 11/20/2018

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

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Ron Bell Selected as USPA Director of Safety & Training
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Ron Bell Selected as USPA Director of Safety & Training

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.

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Advanced Aerospace Designs Releases Service Bulletin
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Advanced Aerospace Designs Releases Service Bulletin

Mandatory by December 31, 2019

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. 

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Sunrise Manufacturing Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin
Skydiving News | December 2018

Sunrise Manufacturing Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin

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).

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Parachuting Nationals Completes at Sebastian
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Parachuting Nationals Completes at Sebastian

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.

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Skydiving Nationals a Wrap
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Skydiving Nationals a Wrap

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.
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4-Way Center Stage at Nationals
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4-Way Center Stage at Nationals

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

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First Events Wrap Up at Nationals
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First Events Wrap Up at Nationals

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.

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39 Members to Run for USPA Board
Skydiving News | Elections

39 Members to Run for USPA Board

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.

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USPA Partners With International Skydiving Museum
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USPA Partners With International Skydiving Museum

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

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USPA Honors Members With Service Awards
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USPA Honors Members With Service Awards

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.

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USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes
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USPA Summer Board Meeting Concludes

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.

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NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”
Records | July 2018

NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”

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. 

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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training
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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training

"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."

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USPA Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors
Skydiving News | Elections

USPA Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

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.

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USPA Seeks New Director of Competition & Records
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USPA Seeks New Director of Competition & Records

"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."

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Another ATC Win for Skydiving!
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Another ATC Win for Skydiving!

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.

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Air Traffic Control and Skydiving Again Face Threat!
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Air Traffic Control and Skydiving Again Face Threat!

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.

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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance
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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance

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.

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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley
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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley

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

Author: Eric
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Skydiving Luminary Larry Bagley Passes
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Skydiving Luminary Larry Bagley Passes

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.

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USPA Winter Board Meeting Concludes
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USPA Winter Board Meeting Concludes

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

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Chairman Drops Push to Privatize ATC
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Chairman Drops Push to Privatize ATC

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.

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