Thursday, March 22, 2018

DZO Conference

DZO Conference

USPA hosts a biennial Drop Zone Operators’ Conference in conjunction with the Parachute Industry Association Symposium. The conference usually takes place Sunday evening and all day Monday.

If you’ve never been to a DZO Conference before, the event offers a fantastic opportunity to network with other DZOs, learn about the latest safety and airport issues and gather lots of new marketing ideas. If you’ve attended the conference before, you already know you won’t want to miss one. The Conference features experts in a variety of areas of DZ operation providing important information and useful ideas for drop zone owners, managers and staff.

As an added bonus, one DZO Conference attendee from each DZ qualifies for a discounted PIA full registration fee of $125. That’s a $100 discount for the symposium. With a DZO Conference registration fee of $140 for Group Member DZs, the conference practically pays for itself!

The one-day USPA DZO Conference includes:

  • Marketing presentations for drop zones of all sizes with specific ideas on increasing return business and improving student and novice retention
  • A presentation on the latest in ensuring the safety and longevity of your tandem operation
  • A review of aircraft safety and jump pilot training
  • The latest news on airport access issues
  • An update on how USPA is working for you


USPA’s DZO Conference

Date— TBA for 2019 all day Monday, with a welcome, introductions and a reception on Sunday evening

Location— TBA. PIA negotiates room rates at several area hotels for a discount. Find out more at

Registration— The registration fee for a Group Member DZO is $140. Additional attendees from your DZ pay $85 each. Registration includes a lunch and reception. Complete the registration form and return it to USPA by the deadline.

PIA Symposium

PIA’s International Parachute Symposium will be announced later. PIA’s early full registration fee of $195 for PIA members/$225 for non-members ends December 31. After that, registration increases to $295 for members/$325 for non-members. Go to to register.

To take advantage of the special PIA discount for one DZO Conference registrant from each drop zone, register first with USPA for the DZO Conference, then register for the symposium at

USPA Board Meeting

The USPA Board of Directors meet at the same location. All USPA members are invited to attend.

Act now to take advantage of early low rates. If you have any questions about the conference, contact Nancy Koreen at or (540) 604-9742.