After an extensive search, in early April Michael Knight, D-22804, joined the USPA staff as director of government relations. Throughout the month, he has worked with the retiring director, Randy Ottinger, who is leaving the organization in May. Knight, who has more than 23,000 skydives, is an AFF and tandem instructor and former owner and operator of Skydive Golden Gate in Novato, California. He was a member of the 2011 Freefly National Champion team NorCal Alliance, and is a seasoned organizer and freefall cameraflyer. Knight holds a bachelor of science in finance from California State University in Hayward and is a private pilot.