Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

Prior to the start of the USPA National Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, members of SDC Rhythm XP (Douglas Barron, Andrew Happick, JaNette Lefkowitz and Steve Lefkowitz) practice for the open 4-way formation skydiving event, where they took the gold medal.

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Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away
Skydiving News | November 2019

Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away

Nathan “Nate” Pond, D-69, passed away at his home in Andover, Vermont, on November 3. He was 87.

Author: USPA Staff
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Large Shoes to Fill—Nancy Koreen Leaving USPA
Gearing Up | November 2019

Large Shoes to Fill—Nancy Koreen Leaving USPA

By Ed Scott

Over the past 10 years, in her quiet and unassuming way, Director of Sport Promotion Nancy Koreen has done more for USPA and the sport than most will ever know.

Author: Ed Scott
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Crossover Training for Military Jumpers
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Crossover Training for Military Jumpers

USPA takes every opportunity to support military skydivers as they serve our country and as they face struggles while entering civilian life after service. Our military counterparts in airborne operations train endlessly, and during their service, many of the paratroopers work with military instructors who are also USPA Instructors to earn there USPA A licenses. However, their training is subject to the conditions and equipment available at the time the training takes place.

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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 the available leadership positions at the upcoming 2020 FAI World Championships at DZ Tanay in Siberia, Russia.

Author: USPA Staff
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Verifying a Rating Renewal Requirement Just Got Easier!
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Verifying a Rating Renewal Requirement Just Got Easier!

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6 Members to Run for USPA Central Regional Director in Special Election
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6 Members to Run for USPA Central Regional Director in Special Election

As of October 3, 2019, six USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of the Central Regional Director’s term on the USPA Board of Directors.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Accepting Resumes for Executive Director Position
Gearing Up | October 2019

USPA Accepting Resumes for Executive Director Position

By Ed Scott

If you’re a skydiver, there is no better job than to work for the U.S. Parachute Association. It’s the ultimate way of giving back to a sport that has enhanced and shaped your life.

Author: Ed Scott
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USPA Seeks New Director of Sport Promotion
Five Minute Call | October 2019

USPA Seeks New Director of Sport Promotion

Nancy Koreen has announced her resignation as USPA Director of Sport Promotion, effective December 31. USPA is searching for an individual to fill the position immediately.

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USPA Makes Resources Available to Pilots
Gearing Up | September 2019

USPA Makes Resources Available to Pilots

By Ed Scott

Skydiving has its risks, but the flight to jump altitude should be the safest part of any jump. That depends almost entirely on the professionalism of the pilot.

Author: Ed Scott
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Five Hazardous Attitudes
Safety & Training |

Five Hazardous Attitudes

Attitude plays a vital role in skydiving, for both students and more experienced jumpers. And although we are not airplane pilots, as skydivers we share many issues in common with pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration long ago identified five hazardous attitudes of aircraft pilots that can often lead to accidents. Skydivers can also be affected by those same five dangerous attitudes and their consequences. 

Author: USPA Staff
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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes
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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes

Gary Peek, D-8884, who had served on USPA’s board of directors for 23 years, was found dead in his home in St. Charles, Missouri on August 13. A full recap of his USPA service will appear in the October Parachutist.

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2019 Summer BOD Meeting—Safety and Training Committee Issues Discussed
Skydiving News | BOD 2019

2019 Summer BOD Meeting—Safety and Training Committee Issues Discussed

At the USPA Board of Directors’ summer meeting July 12-14 in Arlington, Virginia, the Safety & Training Committee discussed several issues.

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Skydiving Aircraft Safety
Gearing Up | August 2019

Skydiving Aircraft Safety

By Ed Scott

Can jump-plane safety be improved? Yes, absolutely. The goal should always be zero accidents. USPA has already shown the NTSB that we are ready to implement sensible actions that improve safety.

Author: Ed Scott
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Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed
Features | August 2019

Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed

A Parachutist Photo Essay

May 24-27, 88 elite formation skydivers from more than a dozen countries and a team of five in-air videographers (Niklas Daniel, George Katsoulis, John Lyman, Jim Stengell and David Wybenga) came together at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to participate in the 23rd annual Arizona Challenge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of world-renowned formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed.

Author: Erin Orwig
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Competition Committee Action
Skydiving News | BOD 2019

Competition Committee Action

At its summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors made a number of changes to the Skydiver’s Competition Manual and the Competition Committee discussed multiple topics that resulted in no action.

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