Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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USPA Addresses Round-Parachute Groups

USPA Addresses Round-Parachute Groups
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In recent years, USPA has been aware of the growth of groups using static-lined round parachutes to either reenact World War II-style airborne jumps or simply to experience or relive military-style jumps. For the most part, these groups conduct static-line jumps from about 1,500 feet AGL using round main parachutes, front-mounted reserves and no reserve static lines, automatic activation devices or altimeters. Most but not all of their jumpers do not qualify for a USPA license and would be considered student skydivers. USPA has had no issue whatsoever with these groups doing their jumps at their own locations and at airshows with Federal Aviation Administration approval.

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Don Kellner Reaches Jump #45,000!

Don Kellner Reaches Jump #45,000!
Friday, May 3, 2019

Don Kellner earned USPA 45,000-Jump Wings #1 after making his 45,000th skydive on Saturday, April 20, over Above the Poconos Skydivers, which he and his wife Darlene own, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He made the jump in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first intentional freefall, which Leslie Irvin completed April 28, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio.

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USPA Reaches Record-High Membership!

USPA Reaches Record-High Membership!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

USPA ended April with its highest-ever membership—40,620 members! The milestone comes after last October’s high of 40,441 members. USPA reached the 40,000-member mark for the first time ever last summer. These numbers indicate that the sport of skydiving is continuing to grow, as more people not only jump for the first time, but return to pursue the sport as a hobby. USPA anticipates that these numbers will continue to climb throughout the upcoming summer season.

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2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!

2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 2019 USPA National Canopy Piloting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, this September will now include a freestyle test event. The three-jump event is scheduled for September 10, with official registration on September 9.

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Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado

Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Orange Skies Free Fall Center launched its opening weekend at Fort Morgan Municipal Airport in Colorado April 20-21.

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