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Working Together to Save Skydiving at Dillingham Airfield
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Working Together to Save Skydiving at Dillingham Airfield

By Ed Scott

HDOT ordered all businesses at the airport to shut their doors by June 30, demonstrating a cold indifference to the scores of people whose livelihoods and lives will be upended.

Author: Ed Scott
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A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic
Skydiving News | March 2020

A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

USPA remains committed to serving our membership during this growing pandemic.

Author: USPA Staff
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Increase Knowledge on Safety Day
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Increase Knowledge on Safety Day

By Ed Scott

Actions have consequences. So do accidents, especially fatal accidents.

Author: Ed Scott
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USPA Board Meets in Phoenix
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USPA Board Meets in Phoenix

The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

Author: USPA Staff
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Milestone Anniversary for Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient Award
Gearing Up | February 2020

Milestone Anniversary for Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient Award

By Ed Scott

This year will mark the 53rd anniversary of the start of one of the most popular and enduring skydiving performance awards—the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient (SCR) award.

Author: Ed Scott
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Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing
Ask A Rigger | February 2020

Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing

By Shauna Finley

Chances are, you know very little about your reserve canopy (after all, it’s packed away out of view most of the time), but you should. It’s an important piece of equipment, and although you hope to never use it, you probably will at some point. (Photo by David Cherry.)

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Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale
Features | February 2020

Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale

By Annette O’Neil

JaNette Lefkowitz starts by saying, “There’s just so much to it, so many stories leading up.”

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Women in Skydiving
Gearing Up | January 2020

Women in Skydiving

By Ed Scott

Many jumpers are surprised to learn that women make up only about 13 percent of USPA’s membership, because it seems like there are more women than that at their DZs.

Author: Ed Scott
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Skydiving Makes the Perfect Experience Gift
Miscellaneous | December 2019

Skydiving Makes the Perfect Experience Gift

It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.

Author: USPA Staff
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Board to Elect a New National Director
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Board to Elect a New National Director

The USPA Board of Directors is in need of a new National Director to fill the vacancy when Shanon Searls joins the USPA staff as the new Director of Sport Promotion on December 17.

Author: USPA Staff
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Shanon Searls Joins USPA as Director of Sport Promotion
Skydiving News | December 2019

Shanon Searls Joins USPA as Director of Sport Promotion

USPA has selected Shanon Searls as its new Director of Sport Promotion, succeeding Nancy Koreen, who has served in this position for 10 years. Searls’ start date is December 17.

Author: USPA Staff
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Charles Crinklaw Elected as USPA Central Regional Director
Skydiving News | December 2019, Election

Charles Crinklaw Elected as USPA Central Regional Director

Results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Central Region seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

Author: USPA Staff
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Renew Your Ratings Online
Gearing Up | December 2019

Renew Your Ratings Online

By Ed Scott

It’s hard to even imagine, but years ago USPA required jumpers to provide copies of their logbooks when they mailed in their applications for licenses and ratings.

Author: Ed Scott
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Highlights of Recent Updates in the Online Course Manager
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Highlights of Recent Updates in the Online Course Manager

Quite a few examiners are taking the opportunity to use the before it becomes mandatory on February 15, 2020. Learn more about recent updates to the Online Course Manager.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Changes Insurance Agency
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USPA Changes Insurance Agency

The insurance coverage for individual members and demo jumpers will be provided by the same underwriter and be identical in all respects to the current coverage; same levels of coverage, same premiums. The change is being made to ensure that our members will continue to receive professional advice from a partner who has served the association well for many years.

Author: USPA Staff
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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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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
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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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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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