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A Look at USPA Finances
Features | October 2017

A Look at USPA Finances

by USPA Executive Director Ed Scott

The annual audit of USPA for 2016, which Rogers & Co. of Vienna, Virginia, completed in August 2017, reported sound fiscal management and accountability measures. In 2016, revenues of $3,486,623 exceeded expenses of $3,467,585, leaving USPA with an operational excess (not including investments) of $19,038. USPA had a total excess of $218,957 after including investment gains, interest and dividends.

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The Brave New World of Parachute R&D
Features | October 2017

The Brave New World of Parachute R&D

How Computer-Aided Design Drives Innovation

Have you ever thought about how parachute designers take an interesting idea and turn it into a real-live piece of nylon? As you might imagine, the story of a canopy is never as simple as scratching down some math and heading over to a cutting table. Since the first parachute designer put his idea to paper, the process has been as much about the people manning the pencils as it has been about the parachute that’s born of the process. And in the last scant handful of years, the story has taken on another plotline entirely.

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Jen Domenico | D-22977
Profiles | October 2017

Jen Domenico | D-22977

by Brian Giboney

Jen Domenico, D-22977, is a women’s world record holder and has been a member of USPA for 21 years. As a big-way skydiver, she coordinated many P3 events with Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld at Skydive Perris in California. She’s also an active 4- and 8-way formation skydiving competitor.

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Conor Murphy | B-46253 | Albany, California
How Skydiving Changed My Life | October 2017

Conor Murphy | B-46253 | Albany, California

How Skydiving Changed My Life

There’s a moment that happens in skydiving where my mind calms and the only thing that exists for me is the present moment. I always have some nerves as I climb to altitude. The objects of my anxiety run the gamut from second-guessing gear checks and dive flows to unfounded fears of disappointing strangers.

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The Rating Corner | October 2017

Instructional Rating Changes

At the July USPA Board meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Safety and Training Committee spent most of its meeting time discussing the instructional rating process. The results were multiple changes, some of which went into effect immediately and others of which will come into play at a later date.

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Safety Check | October 2017

Aircraft Emergency

It took almost 25 years of skydiving, but I finally experienced an aircraft emergency as a skydiver. Actually, I would not even classify it as a true emergency, since the engine loss happened at 13,000 feet. As a pilot myself with many hours in this King Air, I knew what was going on and I had a good idea of how the pilot who was flying was going to handle the situation. But seeing how everyone reacted was interesting. Some looked nervous, and some seemed confused about what to do.

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Head-up to head-down shelf transition
Foundations of Flight | October 2017

Head-up to head-down shelf transition

Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

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Sprint to a Record
Features | October 2017

Sprint to a Record

By Jim McCormick

Think of what might go through the mind of a racehorse in the starting gate: “I’m here to race. I was born to race. I live to race.” Compare that to the thoughts that fi ll the minds of a talented team of experienced skydivers at a world record event ... when they are stuck on the ground due to weather. Perhaps thoughts like: “I’m here to jump. Let me jump. I’m dying to jump.”

 

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How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly?
Ask A Rigger | October 2017

How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly?

The length between the “cat’s eye” (the opening in the line where you set your brakes before packing) and the steering toggle can greatly influence whether you have smooth flights and great landings. An incorrect brake length can hamper ideal performance from your canopy, and the causes vary. Working with your rigger, you should be able to address any issues without spending a lot of money.

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October 2017
Covers | October 2017

October 2017

Cover

Photo by Kin Lon Ma

After dropping the final jumper during the Solar Eclipse Boogie at Skydive Awesome in Madras, Oregon, pilot Alex Luke descends in front of the eclipsed sun in a Twin Otter provided by Skydive Arizona in Eloy for the occasion.

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Bag Lock Malfunction
Keep An Eye Out | October 2017

Bag Lock Malfunction

This bag-lock malfunction occurred when one of the packing tabs on the canopy entangled with the last closing-stow band on the deployment bag. Although this is a very unusual malfunction, jumpers can help avoid it by making sure that the stows are not near the packing tabs when closing their deployment bags. 

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USPA involvement with Wind Tunnel Industry
Gearing Up | October 2017

USPA involvement with Wind Tunnel Industry

At its July meeting, USPA’s board of directors approved a resolution that, eff ective November 1, USPA “will not use association resources to support the sport of ‘indoor skydiving,’ except to nominate international judges to such IPC [International Parachuting Commission] events as appropriate. USPA will seek to encourage, foster and cooperate with any emerging national governing body for tunnel flying.” As a result, effective next month, USPA is officially out of the wind-tunnel business. 

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