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The Summer 2021 USPA Board of Directors Meeting   (Sep 2021) Event News Homepage USPA
W.O.R.K. in Cincinnati—the Winter 2021 USPA Board of Directors Meeting A USPA Staff Report   (Apr 2021) Event News

The USPA Board of Directors held its fifth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 29-31.

USPA Seeks New Director of Government Relations   (Feb 2021) Parachutist Homepage Government Relations
USPA Is Working for You   (Jan 2021) Homepage News Homepage USPA

The USPA Board of Directors held its fifth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 29-31. For the second time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for USPA members to observe and over 130 USPA members registered to attend the virtual meeting.

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.

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.

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents By USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger   (Apr 2020) Features

Piloting a jump plane is among the most demanding of flying jobs, with multiple takeoffs and landings in a variety of conditions and with a variety of loads, as well as the need to refuel often throughout a day.

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots By Randy Ottinger   (Mar 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Safety Day presents the perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between jump pilots and skydivers.

Part 16 By Ed Scott   (May 2019) Homepage Gearing Up

Since 2009, USPA has participated in eight successful Part 16 complaints. Seven were outright wins. A Part 16 win strengthens the concept that skydiving must be given airport access unless there are strong, verifiable safety reasons for denial.

Leadership, Generosity and Passion—Patricia “Pat” Thomas Receives the 2018 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award By Jessie Thompson   (Apr 2019) Homepage Features

If you ask Patricia Annette Thomas (whom most simply call “Pat”) about her greatest life achievement, she will unhesitatingly say it is her family, then quickly change the subject. However, if you persist, she might share some stories from the myriad wonderful moments in her life.

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents by USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger   (Apr 2019) Homepage Features

Tragedy struck the skydiving community in 2018 when a Cessna 182 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing the pilot and three skydivers and leaving the lone survivor with serious injuries. According to the National Transportation Safety Board Preliminary Report: “A witness that was in a park outside the airport watched as the airplane climbed after takeoff on the accident flight. The witness said that the airplane was about 150 feet over the runway when the engine stopped. They watched as the wings of the airplane rocked left and right before the airplane pitched down and collided with the ground.”

Knowledge and Networking USPA's 2019 Drop Zone Operators' Conference   (Mar 2019) Features

Every two years, USPA brings together drop zone owners, operators and staff for a day full of presentations and discussions on all the latest important issues for DZs. This year, USPA held its 2019 Drop Zone Operators’ Conference February 3-4 in Dallas, Texas. About 100 DZOs, speakers, Federal Aviation Administration representatives and sponsors met to share information on everything from safety to marketing to keeping young jumpers in the sport.

DZO Wins Part 16 Appeal USPA Staff   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call

In December 2017, Luther Kurtz, DZO of the Phoenix Skydive Center, prevailed in his Federal Aviation Administration Part 16 formal complaint against the City of Casa Grande, Arizona. Kurtz alleged that the city’s denial of access to his skydiving business was discriminatory and thus violated the city’s FAA grant obligation to accommodate all types of aeronautical activities.

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents by USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger   (Apr 2018) Homepage Features

Thankfully, no skydivers or jump pilots died in skydiving-related aircraft accidents in the U.S. during 2017. But there is room for improvement with regard to decision making by jump pilots. 

FAA Rules in DZO’s Favor   (Mar 2018) Homepage Five Minute Call

In a big win for skydiving, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled in favor of USPA Group Member DZ Phoenix Area Skydiving’s complaint to the FAA that the management of the Casa Grande, Arizona, airport was unfairly denying access to skydiving. Like many municipal airports, the Casa Grande airport has received federal funds for airport improvements. 

The End of an Era Photo by Randy Ottinger   (Mar 2018) Homepage Five Minute Call

Executive Director Ed Scott presents former Director of Membership Services Clint Vincent, who served as USPA staff member in various positions for more than 20 total years, with a retirement plaque from all current USPA employees at his retirement party at USPA Headquarters in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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
Tales from the Bonfire | My Date with Destiny   (Sep 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire
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.

Matthew Teetshorn Earns D-40000!   (Mar 2021) People
January 2021 Cover   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

James Davis dives toward a building formation during the Wuest Ways event at Skydive Perris in California.

For Dad Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

At Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, instructor Patrick Woodruff takes Rachelle Babler for a tandem skydive to release the ashes of her father, 28-year Navy veteran Stanley Ljosdal. Ljosdal never got to make a jump, and Babler said, “That’s why I had to do it for him.”

Looking Forward to the Past A Parachutist Pictorial   (Jun 2020) Parachutist Features

We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.

Former Regional Director Randy Schroeder Dies   (Apr 2020) Homepage Industry News