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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018
Each year over the New Year’s holiday break, USPA hosts the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the longest-running collegiate skydiving competition in history. This year’s Collegiates will take place at Skydive Arizona in Eloy December 28, 2018-January 2, 2019. Collegiates brings together nearly 100 students from colleges and universities across the country for friendly competition in multiple disciplines—2-way, 4-way and 6-way formation skydiving, 2-way vertical formation skydiving, sport accuracy and classic accuracy.
Many collegiate skydivers don’t realize that they can compete at Collegiates with only a USPA A license. Several of the events are catered specifically toward beginner skydivers. For example, to compete in 2-way FS, you must have fewer than 125 jumps. And the classic and sport accuracy events both have beginner categories. Going to Collegiates is a great way to meet other college skydivers, learn from more experienced jumpers, improve your skills and have a great time over the winter break. Your club doesn’t need to be big or have matching gear. Club members can even go as individuals and compete in accuracy. Individual jumpers can also use social media to form teams with students from other schools and compete just for a fun learning experience.
This year’s Collegiates will be during Skydive Arizona’s famous Holiday Boogie, so competitors can enjoy the parties, load organizers and other fun boogie activities. And if competition finishes early, competitors can unite for large-formation record attempts on New Year’s Day.
It’s not too soon for collegiate clubs to start planning, training and fundraising. To find out more about Collegiates, email
email@example.com and download Chapter 7 of the Skydiver’s Competition Manual at competition.uspa.org.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: October 2018
On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.
PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.
Strong Enterprises issued Service Bulletin #35 mandating inspection of the 3-ring attachment on tandem drogues manufactured between June 22, 2020, and February 2, 2021 whose last three digits of the serial numbers between 625 and 714. Status is MANDATORY. Compliance is IMMEDIATE – before the next jump.
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