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Incident Reports
Safety & Training | October 2020

Incident Reports

Reports in this column have been compiled by the USPA Safety & Training Department from information received from the field and are the most accurate reports possible through such input. They are printed in Parachutist for their educational value.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Masks, Lenses and Fogging
Ask A Rigger | October 2020

Ask a Rigger | Masks, Lenses and Fogging

By Shauna Finley

Now that many drop zones have re-opened, most with face-mask requirements in place to help control the spread of the coronavirus, lens fogging has become a common issue.

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Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight
The Rating Corner | October 2020

Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight

By Ron Bell

Instructors have been performing a lot of currency training lately and overall have been doing a great job. However, our recent incident reports show that one area of emergency-procedure training could use more emphasis: low-altitude emergencies under canopy.

Author: Ron Bell
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Safety Check | Braked Flight
Safety Check | October 2020

Safety Check | Braked Flight

By Ron Bell | Photo by Tim Parrant

Half-braked canopy flight is a useful and life-saving skill, but recent incident reports (including the non-fatal incident reports in this issue of Parachutist) show that it is highly underutilized.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an Eye Out | Hard-Opening Damage
Keep An Eye Out | October 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Hard-Opening Damage

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydiving Health and Fitness | Dynamic Warm-Ups, Part One
Safety & Training | October 2020

Skydiving Health and Fitness | Dynamic Warm-Ups, Part One

By Dr. Nancy Grieger, DPT, of Blue Skies Physical Therapy

Dynamic warm-ups are a perfect way to get ready for a day of jumping. They increase your core temperature, and the increased blood flow enhances your nerve impulses and reaction time.

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Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop
Keep An Eye Out | September 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop

A jumper caught this damage to his locking loop while performing a thorough pre-flight inspection of his gear before his first jump of the day.

Author: USPA Staff
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Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track
The Rating Corner | September 2020

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track

Jim Rees | D-13359

For jumpers, earning a judge rating can be another means of progress and personal development within the sport.

Author: Jim Rees
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Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!
Ask A Rigger | September 2020

Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!

By Kevin Gibson

Far too often, skydivers face difficulties pulling their pilot chutes, and the results are often far too serious.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12
Safety Check | September 2020

Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12

By Ron Bell

Jumping—usually from a structure—accounts for 5.8 percent of all suicides in the United States, and has an 85 percent success rate, which is similar to suicide by firearm.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report
The Rating Corner | August 2020

Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report

By Ron Bell

A good incident report gives a thorough account of what happened without glossing over unsavory information or leaving out crucial facts.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions
Keep An Eye Out | August 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions

After opening their main canopies, jumpers tend to spread out and keep a respectful distance from one another until they all head for the same landing area.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Incident Reporting
Safety Check | August 2020

Safety Check | Incident Reporting

By Ron Bell

For more than a year now, USPA has been on a crusade to increase incident reporting, not only by instructors, but also by the everyday jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment
Keep An Eye Out | July 2020

Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment

Wingsuit flyers, or any jumpers who sit at the front of the plane and exit last, have the farthest to travel to the door on exit, which increases the chance of a snag.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude
Safety Check | July 2020

Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude

By Ron Bell

Many jumpers are confused about the term “hard deck” and how it differs from the term “decision altitude.”

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive
The Rating Corner | July 2020

Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

By Michael Wadkins

Tandem skydiving has been instrumental in promoting and growing our sport; it brings both revenue and new skydivers to our DZs.

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Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks
The Rating Corner | June 2020

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

Sometime over the past 10-15 years—probably due to the advent of phone apps, manifest programs and digital altimeters that track jumps—many jumpers developed an indifferent or apathetic attitude toward formally logging jumps.

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Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number
Safety Check | June 2020

Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number

By Ron Bell

In skydiving, 200 jumps is a recurring theme.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | May 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, veteran canopy formation skydivers Kevin Vetter (top) and Pat Marcanio (center) teach Julia Wilde the finer points of taking docks as she learns the discipline.

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Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?
The Rating Corner | May 2020

Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

By Ray Lallo

USPA Instructor Examiners often encounter questions as to what constitutes a rating-renewal seminar. And they often receive blank stares followed by crickets when they ask, “What did you do for your rating-renewal seminar?”

Author: Ray Lallo
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Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?
Ask A Rigger | May 2020

Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

By Jen Sharp

Cutaway cables are not universally interchangeable.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing
Keep An Eye Out | May 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing

A skydiver with 400-plus jumps changed out their main canopy and then made about 75 jumps on the rig.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Look It Up
Safety Check | May 2020

Safety Check | Look It Up

A highly respected rigger was visiting a drop zone and noticed a rig laid out on the packing floor after a jump.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing
Keep An Eye Out | April 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | April 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

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Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?
Safety Check | April 2020

Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

By Ron Bell

During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes
The Rating Corner | April 2012, April 2001, April 2020

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain
Foundations of Flight | April 2020

Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | March 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Canopy formation coach Brian Stempin high fives new CF jumper Scot Flynn during a training jump at the Freeze Your Pups event at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | March 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

by Shauna Finley

A jumper came to me after his first cutaway, concerned about damage to his reserve system.

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