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Rating Corner—FAA Medical Certificates

Rating Corner—FAA Medical Certificates
Thursday, April 1, 2021

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.

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Rating Corner—Reminder for PRO Applicants

Rating Corner—Reminder for PRO Applicants
Monday, February 1, 2021

During the 2019 summer board meeting, USPA adopted and implemented an updated PRO-rating program with new jump requirements, qualifying areas and distances (the old standard of 10 accuracy jumps into a 32-foot circle no longer applies) and types of qualifying canopies.

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Rating Corner | Hand-Camera Hazards

Rating Corner | Hand-Camera Hazards
Friday, January 1, 2021

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.

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Rating Corner | The Thin Gray Line—Did you Cross it?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

There can never be a blanket definition of where that thin gray line is, since we all have different ideas of what is and is not offensive.

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Rating Corner | Adhering to Your Emergency-Procedures Hard Deck

Rating Corner | Adhering to Your Emergency-Procedures Hard Deck
Thursday, October 29, 2020

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.”

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