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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.
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.
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.
Unquestionably, 2020 presented a unique set of challenges to overcome.
It’s easy to let your guard down when it comes to emergency procedures.
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.
So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.
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.
Whether a fleeting thought or a serious consideration, many skydivers have entertained the idea of owning their own drop zone.
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.
This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.
Oil and water, Red Bull and milk, brass grommets and rubber bands: all things that don’t mix together well.
My first year here at USPA as director of safety and training has gone by so quickly.
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.
In the beginning, there was accuracy or, as it was called at the time, “spot jumping.”
For the first time, USPA is hosting a beginner 4-way formation skydiving competition at Nationals.
During the weekend of March 4-7, many of the earliest pioneers of sport parachuting converged in Felicity, California, for yet another grand reunion.
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, 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.
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.