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Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop
Keep An Eye Out | September 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop

A jumper caught this damage to his locking loop while performing a thorough pre-flight inspection of his gear before his first jump of the day.

Author: USPA Staff
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Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track
The Rating Corner | September 2020

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track

Jim Rees | D-13359

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

Author: Jim Rees
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Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!
Ask A Rigger | September 2020

Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!

By Kevin Gibson

Far too often, skydivers face difficulties pulling their pilot chutes, and the results are often far too serious.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12
Safety Check | September 2020

Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12

By Ron Bell

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.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report
The Rating Corner | August 2020

Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report

By Ron Bell

A good incident report gives a thorough account of what happened without glossing over unsavory information or leaving out crucial facts.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions
Keep An Eye Out | August 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions

After opening their main canopies, jumpers tend to spread out and keep a respectful distance from one another until they all head for the same landing area.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Incident Reporting
Safety Check | August 2020

Safety Check | Incident Reporting

By Ron Bell

For more than a year now, USPA has been on a crusade to increase incident reporting, not only by instructors, but also by the everyday jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment
Keep An Eye Out | July 2020

Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment

Wingsuit flyers, or any jumpers who sit at the front of the plane and exit last, have the farthest to travel to the door on exit, which increases the chance of a snag.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude
Safety Check | July 2020

Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude

By Ron Bell

Many jumpers are confused about the term “hard deck” and how it differs from the term “decision altitude.”

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive
The Rating Corner | July 2020

Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

By Michael Wadkins

Tandem skydiving has been instrumental in promoting and growing our sport; it brings both revenue and new skydivers to our DZs.

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Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks
The Rating Corner | June 2020

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

Sometime over the past 10-15 years—probably due to the advent of phone apps, manifest programs and digital altimeters that track jumps—many jumpers developed an indifferent or apathetic attitude toward formally logging jumps.

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Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number
Safety Check | June 2020

Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number

By Ron Bell

In skydiving, 200 jumps is a recurring theme.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | May 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, veteran canopy formation skydivers Kevin Vetter (top) and Pat Marcanio (center) teach Julia Wilde the finer points of taking docks as she learns the discipline.

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Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?
The Rating Corner | May 2020

Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

By Ray Lallo

USPA Instructor Examiners often encounter questions as to what constitutes a rating-renewal seminar. And they often receive blank stares followed by crickets when they ask, “What did you do for your rating-renewal seminar?”

Author: Ray Lallo
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Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?
Ask A Rigger | May 2020

Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

By Jen Sharp

Cutaway cables are not universally interchangeable.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing
Keep An Eye Out | May 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing

A skydiver with 400-plus jumps changed out their main canopy and then made about 75 jumps on the rig.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Look It Up
Safety Check | May 2020

Safety Check | Look It Up

A highly respected rigger was visiting a drop zone and noticed a rig laid out on the packing floor after a jump.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing
Keep An Eye Out | April 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | April 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

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Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?
Safety Check | April 2020

Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

By Ron Bell

During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes
The Rating Corner | April 2012, April 2001, April 2020

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain
Foundations of Flight | April 2020

Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | March 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Canopy formation coach Brian Stempin high fives new CF jumper Scot Flynn during a training jump at the Freeze Your Pups event at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | March 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

by Shauna Finley

A jumper came to me after his first cutaway, concerned about damage to his reserve system.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities

By Ron Bell

As a Safety and Training Advisor, it’s important to take a leadership role during your drop zone’s Safety Day activities.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots

By Randy Ottinger

Safety Day presents the perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between jump pilots and skydivers.

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Safety Check | 2019 Disciplinary Actions
Safety Check | March 2020

Safety Check | 2019 Disciplinary Actions

By Ron Bell

In 2019, the USPA Board’s Compliance Group received reports of 63 possible infractions of USPA policies that could merit disciplinary action.

Author: Ron Bell
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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Even Progress
Foundations of Flight | March 2020

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Even Progress

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall
Foundations of Flight | February 2020

Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings
Safety Check | February 2020

Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings

By Ron Bell

A main parachute that opens quickly and hard can be extremely dangerous. A hard opening can break suspension lines, tear canopy fabric, and injure, kill or incapacitate the jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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