Saturday, October 31, 2020


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USPA will conduct a November special election among all current members to fill the remainder of a National Director's term on USPA's board of directors. Visit to learn more.

A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

24 Years of Skydiving Truths

As I begin to bow out as USPA Executive Director, I want to share some skydiving truths that I have come to know. Some I’ve learned from others, some I had to learn myself, and many came to light in the course of working out problems and issues over 24 years at USPA.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

(Inter)Nationals Uploaded

Early in the morning on Saturday, September 19, the staff at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, logged into the DZ computer to see the first video uploads already coming in from DZs in the Eastern time zone.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Should a Name Change be Considered?

Parachutes are beginning to disappear … or, more accurately, the word “parachute” is beginning to fade from use to describe our sport, replaced by the word “skydiving”. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92

Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Remembering Ray Capa

Nineteen jumpers do one last jump with their friend, Ray Capa, C-17275, releasing his ashes over the skies of Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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