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Safety Check | Ron’s Wish List for Santa   (Dec 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check
Safety Check | Fly It, Don’t Fight It   (Oct 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check
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.

Rating Corner | Pro Rating Changes   (Aug 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner
Skydiving Safety—Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going By Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (Jul 2021) Safety & Training

Safety has always been a priority for the United States Parachute Association and its predecessor organizations, National Parachute Jumpers-Riggers Inc. (1946-1957) and the Parachute Club of America (1957-1967).

Safety Check | Simple Rules By Ron Bell   (May 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

It is natural to think that accidents will happen only to other skydivers, those who court disaster by idiotically violating every rule in the book. And although it is true that they will take most of the heat, even the most experienced and responsible skydivers are not immune to a bad roll of the dice. That’s why it’s important to master the few basic skills you learned during training so you can stay calm under pressure.

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.

Ask A Rigger | Help Your Rigger Help You By Ron Bell   (Apr 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
Rating Corner—FAA Medical Certificates By Ron Bell   (Apr 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

For tandem instructors, a periodic visit to their aviation medical examiners (AMEs) to renew their Federal Aviation Administration Third-Class Medical Certificates is a ritual that goes hand and hand with the privilege of taking tandem students on skydives.

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.

When, Not If—Practicing for Low-Altitude Emergencies By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell   (Mar 2021) Safety & Training

Low-altitude emergencies—emergencies that occur under canopy below 1,000 feet—continue to plague our community.

USPA Is Working for You   (Jan 2021) Homepage USPA.org 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.

Rating Corner | Hand-Camera Hazards   (Jan 2021) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Tandem instructors began using hand-mounted video cameras (aka handcams or handicams) in the last 20 years or so, and in the last decade, their use has become commonplace.

Safety Check | Sound Judgment By Ron Bell   (Jan 2021) Safety & Training Safety Check

Often, USPA receives incident reports that describe a chain of bad decisions that led to an injury. Many of these reports recount instances where a jumper spent far too long working on something that felt fixable but wasn’t. So, it is refreshing to receive a report that ends with the words, “I stayed altitude aware, trusted my training and had a safe, smooth landing.”

Safety Check | Ron Bell’s Letter to Santa By Ron Bell   (Dec 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

This year, my wish list is all about the basics that make skydiving safer.

Rating Corner | Adhering to Your Emergency-Procedures Hard Deck By Ron Bell   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

The USPA Instructor Rating Manual states in T3—Tandem Method, Section 3-4, F—Tandem Emergencies: “In the event of a main canopy malfunction, decide and act by 3,000 feet to cut away and deploy reserve.”

Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight By Ron Bell   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

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.

Safety Check | Braked Flight By Ron Bell | Photo by Tim Parrant   (Oct 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

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.

Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12 By Ron Bell   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training Safety Check

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.

Profile | David Clark | D-33786 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2022) People Profiles
Ask a Rigger | How Long Do Soft Links Last?   (Dec 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
Brandon Mikesell | D-36904 By Brian Giboney   (Dec 2021) People Profiles
Just Keep Flying—Wing Suit Transitions By Patrick Kramer and Alex Knaub   (Nov 2021) Features Safety & Training
Response to "The First 75"   (Nov 2021) People Letters
Ask a Rigger | How Do I Know If My Rig is “Freefly Friendly”?   (Nov 2021) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger
Follow the USPA Nationals October 15-31!   (Nov 2021) Competition Homepage USPA
Tales from the Bonfire | A Scar I Can’t Show Anyone   (Oct 2021) People Tales from the Bonfire
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.”

Piggybacks and Three-Ring Circuses—A Slightly Irreverent Look Back at Skydiving Equipment By Kevin Gibson   (Jul 2021) Features

One night, as you’re reading a bedtime story to your young parachute, it will inevitably want to know the answer to the question, “Where did I come from?” A responsible parachute owner had better be ready with the answers.

July 2021 Cover   (Jul 2021) Featured Photos Covers
Planning the Jump, Jumping the Plan Photos by Tim Parrant of Team Alter Ego   (Jun 2021) People Features
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