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From top, Kyle Lobpries, Scott Callantine and Wess Sandler fly their wingsuits during the FYRE Boogie in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

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Updates on Online Rating Renewals
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Updates on Online Rating Renewals

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.

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U.S. Team Seeks Team Leaders
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U.S. Team Seeks Team Leaders

The USPA Competition Department is looking for qualified individuals to fill several leadership positions at the upcoming 2019 FAI World Cup competitions.

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Firebird Releases Service Bulletin
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Firebird Releases Service Bulletin

Mandatory Before Next Jump

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. 

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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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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

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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
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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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