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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.

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting A USPA Staff Report   (Sep 2019) Features

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14.

2019 Summer BOD Meeting—Safety and Training Committee Issues Discussed   (Aug 2019) Homepage Industry News

At the USPA Board of Directors’ summer meeting July 12-14 in Arlington, Virginia, the Safety & Training Committee discussed several issues.

Safety check | EPs and Your Gear By Jim Crouch   (Aug 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

In the early 1990s, a skydiver reported that an automatic activation device saved his life. This jumper experienced a main parachute malfunction and pulled his cutaway handle but never pulled his reserve ripcord.

Letters A Reality We Can Achieve   (Jul 2019) People Letters

Hats off to Jim Crouch’s article “A Record Low—the 2018 Fatality Summary” (April Parachutist). Crouch’s article points out the significance of the fatality index rate being at its lowest ever in our sport: one in 254,000 jumps (or 0.39 per 100,000 jumps).

Letters A Better Way   (Jul 2019) People Letters

I don’t understand why you’re reversing the standard aviation placement of numerator and denominator, and I would urge you to adopt that standard.

Safety Check | Spinning Line Twists By Jim Crouch   (Apr 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

The Rolling Stones sang a popular song titled “Time is on My Side.” Obviously, Mick Jagger never had a high-speed malfunction. After receiving a letter from a concerned skydiver who witnessed an incident resulting from a low cutaway, the Safety and Training Committee discussed the hazards of one high-speed malfunction—spinning line twists—during the February 1-3 USPA Board meeting in Dallas, Texas.

A Record Low—The 2018 Fatality Summary By Jim Crouch   (Apr 2019) Features

In 2018, 13 people died during skydives in the U.S. This is the lowest annual fatality number since 1961, when USPA (then the Parachute Club of America) began keeping statistics. That year, 14 jumpers died, and the number of fatalities steadily increased for the next two decades before they began to drop in the early 1980s. Considering the increase in skydiving activity over the last 57 years, this is a phenomenal achievement.

Safety Check | 449 By Jim Crouch   (Jan 2019) Safety & Training Safety Check

Four hundred and forty-nine. That’s a small number by some standards and a large one by others. To me, it is a much larger number than it should be. This is the number of civilian skydiving fatalities recorded in the United States during the 18 years and three months that I was the director of safety and training for USPA. Each one was a tragedy, with friends and family left in shock as they picked up the pieces in the aftermath of suddenly losing a loved one.

Rating Corner | Currency Jumps By Jim Crouch   (Jan 2019) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Real life often gets in the way of skydiving, and jumpers may find themselves away from the sport for 61 days, 30 years or something in between. One of the regular tasks of USPA Coaches and Instructors is to help these jumpers knock off the rust and get back in the air. Every jumper’s situation will be different, so it requires the instructional staff to create a training plan unique to each individual.

USPA Bids Farewell to Jim Crouch By Ed Scott   (Dec 2018) Homepage People Gearing Up

On October 31, Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch spent his last day as an employee of USPA and moved on to other challenges in the aviation industry.

Safety Check | Jim’s Last Letter to Santa by Jim Crouch   (Dec 2018) Safety & Training Safety Check

Dear Santa,

2018 really flew by! I can’t believe it is already time for another wish list, but hopefully you can see to it that all my wishes come true. It’s a long list (and it’ll be my last one as director of safety and training for USPA), but it’s all pretty important stuff. This past year brought a lot of lousy weather, so first of all, I would like to see a bunch of sunny weekends so jumpers can get to their drop zones frequently and the drop zones can stay busy flying lots of loads.

Rating Corner | Using the ISP by Jim Crouch   (Nov 2018) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

Section 4 of the Skydiver’s Information Manual contains the Integrated Student Program, now in its 18th year as the progression that USPA recommends for students working toward the A license. It is a very detailed program, which can make it look intimidating to the casual observer, but it’s actually easy to implement and use. The program makes it simple to track exactly what students have completed and what they still need to accomplish as they work through each of the tasks required for the USPA A license.

Safety Check | Learning from the Past by Jim Crouch   (Nov 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Safety Check

Harry S. Truman once said, “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” This quote (and many others like it) warns us all that we must know our history to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. It comes as no surprise that this also applies directly to skydiving.

Ron Bell Selected as USPA Director of Safety & Training   (Oct 2018) Homepage Industry News

USPA has selected Ron Bell as its next Director of Safety & Training, succeeding Jim Crouch who has served in that position a phenomenal 18 years. Bell’s start date is October 29.

Rating Corner | Wind-Tunnel Training And The First Skydive by Jim Crouch   (Oct 2018) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

At the July 13-15 USPA Board meeting in Milwaukee, the board passed a motion to change the Basic Safety Requirements regarding accelerated freefall student training. The new language spells out the minimum requirements for students who train in wind tunnels before they make their first jumps with only one AFF instructor.

Safety Check | Target Fixation by Jim Crouch   (Oct 2018) Homepage Safety & Training Safety Check

Wikipedia defines target fixation as “an attentional phenomenon observed in humans in which an individual becomes so focused on an observed object (be it a target or hazard) that they inadvertently increase their risk of colliding with the object.” Motorcyclists, automobile drivers and even fighter pilots flying strafing runs during World War II have focused so intently on an impending hazard that they actually maneuvered directly into it. And skydivers fall prey to the phenomenon, too.

Should I Consider Adjusting The Activation Altitude Of My Automatic Activation Device? by Jim Crouch   (Sep 2018) Safety & Training Ask A Rigger

There are several modern AADs available for skydivers to choose from, all of which offer jumpers the ability to offset the activation altitude (temporarily change the activation-altitude settings to compensate for a landing area that is higher or lower than the point of departure). Additionally, both the Airtec CYPRES 2 and the Advanced Aerospace Designs Vigil 2+ offer a feature that allows users to increase the activation altitude semi-permanently (until the user changes it again).

Safety Check | Knowing Your Reserve by Jim Crouch   (Sep 2018) Safety & Training Safety Check

When you want to check out a new main parachute, chances are you’ll make a solo jump, open higher than usual and spend some time flying the new wing to get used to how it handles. Almost everyone who jumps a new main canopy does. After all, it makes sense. It’s a mystery how the new parachute will steer and flare compared to what you are used to, and who wouldn’t want to make a few jumps on it under controlled conditions with plenty of altitude to learn how to fly it?

Rating Corner | Examiner Standardization Meetings by Jim Crouch   (Sep 2018) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

In 2017, USPA conducted five standardization meetings for all current AFF instructor examiners and tandem instructor examiners, as well as those pursuing an examiner rating or attending purely for educational purposes. This was USPA’s first attempt at hosting the AFF and tandem meetings in one location and condensing the length of each discipline’s meeting to one day instead of two. The meetings went well, but the shorter meetings meant leaving out a lot of valuable information and discussion.

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.

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track Jim Rees | D-13359   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

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

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.

Skydiving Health and Fitness—Stretches for Getting Back to Skydiving By Dr. Nancy Grieger, DPT, of Blue Skies Physical Therapy   (Sep 2020) Features

Over the past six months, COVID-19 restrictions have paused the active and busy lives we lead. This, of course, has extended to skydiving.

Pablo Hernandez | D-29869 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2020) People Profiles

Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

Letters D-Valuation   (Jul 2020) People Letters

The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.

Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Jun 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148 By Brian Giboney   (Jun 2020) People Profiles

David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.

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.

Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State By Doug Garr   (Apr 2020) Features

The 50-staters are indeed an exclusive group, and each has a unique story peppered with meeting dozens of new people while traveling thousands of miles across the continent.

Drive and Dedication—Kirk Knight, D-6709, Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service A USPA Staff Report   (Mar 2020) Features

As chief judge at the 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Kirk M. Knight chose to receive USPA’s prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service—bestowed on him by unanimous acclaim of the USPA Board of Directors earlier in the year—at the banquet following the event.

February 2020 Cover   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Covers

Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Jim Dolan, Brad Jessey, Janet Jessey and Casey Pruett fly a 4-way over Meteor Crater, the most well-preserved meteor-impact site in the world, in the desert of Arizona.

Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons By Gulcin Gilbert   (Jan 2020) Features

Around the world, October is the month dedicated to breast-cancer awareness. For many years, the skydiving community marked this month with Jump for the Cause, an event that brought women together to raise money for breast cancer research and set women’s world record formation skydives.

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.

Honoring a Friend Photo by Andrew Revesz | USPA # 343132   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

Jumpers honor longtime formation skydiver and rigger Jim Tafralian, who died in an August plane crash, by building a “JT” in the air at Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club in Ray, Michigan.

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.

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard   (Nov 2019) Features

The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.