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USPA Update
Jan. 20, 2011

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USPA Turns 65!
July 11, 2011, marks USPA’s 65th anniversary, and we plan on celebrating all year long! We’ll kick off the birthday party at the Parachute Industry Association Symposium in Reno, Nevada, in February. The biennial PIA Symposium, scheduled for February 14-18 at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, includes a trade show featuring skydiving equipment manufacturers from around the world, as well as several days of seminars for riggers and others interested in learning all the latest news about the skydiving industry. Be sure to stop by the USPA booth for some birthday celebration fun! To learn more about the symposium and to register, visit

In conjunction with the PIA Symposium, USPA will also host the winter meeting of the USPA Board of Directors February 11-13 and the Drop Zone Operators’ Conference February 13-14. Both meetings will take place at the Silver Legacy. USPA’s newly elected board will convene for the first time, and USPA members are invited to attend. Following the board meeting, drop zone owners and operators from around the country will gather for the DZO Conference to network, learn all the latest successful marketing techniques and share ideas on improving drop zone safety. To learn more about the conference and to register, click here.

FAA Now Accepting Advisory Circular Comments
A draft version of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 105-2D is available for comment here. Last published in 1991, the advisory circular provides guidance to skydivers, jump pilots and parachute riggers on methods of compliance with FAR Part 105, Parachute Operations. This updated advisory circular contains industry input from both USPA and the Parachute Industry Association. The comment period has been extended and now closes February 4, after which the FAA will consult with USPA before finalizing the document for publication.

USPA Searches for a Director of Competition
USPA is searching for an individual to succeed the current Director of Competition who is retiring March 31. The Director of Competition reports to USPA’s Executive Director and is responsible for advancing skydiving competition and skydiving record-setting. The full-time position is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. See full details about the job, the benefits and how to apply on the USPA website here.

Renewal notices are late!
USPA has received a lot of calls and e-mails from members over the last few weeks who received renewal notices a month after they renewed.

USPA has been informed by the post office that renewal notices—regular and lifetime—generated and mailed the middle of November were delayed. These notices began arriving the last week of December, six weeks after they were mailed. The post office cited the holidays as the reason for the delay in delivery.

Thanks to everyone who has renewed, and our apologies to those receiving late renewal notices.

Collegiates a Huge Success
Ninety-two college students from 11 schools across the U.S. competed at the 2010 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in Eloy, Arizona, December 28 to January 1. In spite of a cold air mass that enveloped the entire southwest, meet director Bryan Burke and Skydive Arizona host Larry Hill were able to complete every round in every discipline in the four-day meet. Although the two military academies—Army's West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy—took home most of the hardware, students from UConn, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology and UMass had a couple of medals around their necks at the awards banquet. Other colleges that participated were Iowa State, Kansas State, University of Buffalo and University of Minnesota. West Point cadet Kurt Yeager was named Most Competitive Collegiate Competitor and handed over the $500 Istel scholarship to Virginia Tech. Next year's event, scheduled over the Christmas break again, will also be at Skydive Arizona. Look for a full report in the March issue of Parachutist.

Why renew early?
There is some misinformation about the procedures for processing USPA renewal invoices. Some members believe that renewing early (in response to the first notice) will actually “cost” them a month or two of membership. In other words, if they currently expire in December but renew in October, their new expiration date will be October. Likewise, some believe that if they allow their membership to lapse for a few months, when they renew, their start date will be backdated to when they expired.

Here are the facts:
  • Renewing early will add 12 months to your existing expiration date.
  • If your membership lapses, your membership privileges start back on the day we receive the application.
Renewing when you receive your first notice has some advantages:
  • It hedges the rising cost of membership. Responding quickly to the first notice will eliminate the expense and time of sending the second or final notice.
  • It eliminates the need for you to expedite your lapsed membership for your next demo or boogie.
  • It eliminates the possibility of missing an issue of Parachutist. Once received, applications can take a week or more to process. An application received on the last day of the membership may not be entered in the computer until after the labels have been printed for the next issue.
  • If you mail the renewal on your last day of membership, your membership privileges will cease to exist until the application has been received at USPA.
  • For those with instructional ratings, renewing early eliminates the embarrassment of having your student’s license rejected because your membership expired.
Please submit your renewal when you first receive it.

Skydiving in the News
Check out a few of the recent cool news stories about skydiving:

New Lenox native helps set world skydiving record
Diving into a record
Santa Cruz native sets skydiving records
Breast Cancer survivor gives back to nonprofit that changed her life
Villager celebrates 90th birthday with second skydive
VT skydivers hope for 2nd title
Octogenarian fulfills dream of skydiving
Diving into the Art of adventure with longtime local businessman
Sky-High Adrenaline Rush of a Lifetime

In February’s Parachutist...
The February issue of Parachutist went to press last week, so you should be receiving it soon, if you haven’t already. It includes a special section on Safety Day including 25 tips and drills for becoming a better canopy pilot. This issue also includes features on the Kaleidoscope Dives, the Florida Keys Boogie and the POPS world record attempts, and more. Let us know what you think about this issue and others by e-mailing

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