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Former National Director Tom Noonan Passes Away   (Oct 2021) People Homepage USPA

On October 16, former USPA National Director Tom Noonan, D-24313, died at age 47 from a presumed medical event while preparing to make a skydive. His passing marks a huge loss for the skydiving community, which benefitted from his expertise, intelligence and warm-heartedness for more than two decades.

The Summer 2021 USPA Board of Directors Meeting   (Sep 2021) Event News Homepage USPA
Rating Corner | Running the Radio By Jim Crouch   (Jul 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner
Braked Parachute Flight—A Life-Saving Skill for Every Skydiver By Jim Crouch   (Jun 2021) Features

For many years, most jumpers regarded the parachute as a necessary evil. It was simply the device that stopped the freefall, allowing the jumper to survive the skydive in order to make another freefall.

PIA Recognizes Former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch   (May 2021) People Homepage USPA

In a May 18 press release, Mike Beck, chair of the Parachute Industry Association Awards Committee, announced that the organization has selected former USPA Director of Safety and Training Jim Couch to receive the 2019 PIA Distinguished Leadership Award. 

Currency! Currency! Currency!—The 2020 Non-Fatal-Incident Summary By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (May 2021) Safety & Training

Unquestionably, 2020 presented a unique set of challenges to overcome.

Another Record Low—The 2020 Fatality Summary By Jim Crouch   (Apr 2021) Safety & Training
Decisions, Decisions—Responding to a Pilot Chute In Tow By Jim Crouch   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training

It’s easy to let your guard down when it comes to emergency procedures.

Hard Openings and How to Avoid Them By Jim Crouch   (Feb 2021) Features Safety & Training

A hard-opening parachute is certainly not a new phenomenon. Skydivers have been dealing with hard openings throughout the history of sport parachuting—particularly during the early 1970s when the first ram-air main canopies and the various devices used to try and tame their openings were developed.

Next Step—Earning a Tandem Rating By Jim Crouch | Photos by David Cherry   (Oct 2020) Features

So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.

September 10, 1995—A Tragic Case of Normalization of Deviance By Jim Crouch   (Sep 2020) Features

On September 10, 1995, 10 skydivers, a pilot and one person on the ground died when a jump plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the West Point Airport (now called the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport) in West Point, Virginia.

It’s a Tough Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It—The Life of a DZO By Jim Crouch   (May 2020) Features

Whether a fleeting thought or a serious consideration, many skydivers have entertained the idea of owning their own drop zone.

Non-Fatal Incident Summary By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (May 2020) Features

In 2019, USPA saw a five-fold increase in reporting from the previous year, receiving more reports for the year than in any year in the past two decades.

Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary By Jim Crouch   (Apr 2020) Features

This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.

Keep an Eye Out | Brass and Rubber By Jim Crouch   (Dec 2019) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

Oil and water, Red Bull and milk, brass grommets and rubber bands: all things that don’t mix together well.

Safety Check | Letter to Santa By Ron Bell   (Dec 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

My first year here at USPA as director of safety and training has gone by so quickly.

Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing By Jim Crouch   (Nov 2019) Features

I stood at the deep end of the indoor heated pool while wearing a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and a training harness connected to a 300-square-foot main canopy and jumped into the water.

Rating Corner | PRO-Rating Changes By Ron Bell   (Oct 2019) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

At its summer board meeting in Arlington, Virginia, the USPA Board approved significant changes to Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 7-2—Professional Exhibition Rating.

Results of 2022-2024 Board Elections Are In   (Nov 2021) Event News Homepage USPA
Follow the USPA Nationals October 15-31!   (Nov 2021) Competition Homepage USPA
A Short Look at a Long History—The USPA National Championships A USPA Staff Report   (Jul 2021) Competition

In the beginning, there was accuracy or, as it was called at the time, “spot jumping.”

If You Build It—The 2021 4-Way Formation Skydiving Beginner Class Test Event By USPA Director of Competition and Records Steve Hubbard   (Jun 2021) Competition

For the first time, USPA is hosting a beginner 4-way formation skydiving competition at Nationals.

Return to the Center of the World—The 2021 Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion   (May 2021) People

During the weekend of March 4-7, many of the earliest pioneers of sport parachuting converged in Felicity, California, for yet another grand reunion.

A Quarter Century of Service—USPA Says Farewell to Executive Director Ed Scott By Nancy Koreen   (Dec 2020) Features

Twenty-five years is no small amount of anyone’s lifetime. A quarter of a century. Roughly one-third of the lifespan of an average American male. And the number of years Ed Scott has dedicated to the U.S. Parachute Association, the sport of skydiving and skydivers across the United States and around the world.

Michael Kearns | D-16816 By Brian Giboney   (Oct 2020) People Profiles

Michael Kearns, D-16816, began jumping in 1976 while in the military. He made more than 200 special operations jumps in 14 countries, including night jumps wearing tactical gear, and also became involved in sport skydiving.

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story By Bill Booth   (Oct 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

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