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Feb. 18, 2011

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USPA Board Meeting Wraps Up

Photo by Randy Connell.
The 2011-2012 board of directors met February 11-13 in Reno, Nevada and elected the following as officers, who will serve as USPA’s Executive Committee:
President—Jay Stokes
Vice President—Randy Allison
Secretary—Sherry Butcher
Treasurer—Lee Schlichtemeier
Chairman—B.J. Worth
Member-at-Large—Larry Hill

The following chairmen were appointed for USPA’s seven standing committees:
Competition—Marylou Laughlin
Constitution & By-Laws—Mike Mullins
Finance & Budget—Lee Schlichtemeier
Group Membership—Randy Allison
Membership Services—Vic Johnson
Nominations & Elections—B.J. Worth
Safety & Training—Todd Spillers

The board approved a motion to have the membership vote on two changes to the by-laws; one change would be to lengthen board members’ term of office from two years to three years, the other change would be to eliminate the requirement for non-incumbent Regional Directors to submit a petition signed by at least 10 percent of the region’s members in order to be placed on the ballot. If ultimately approved by the membership, the three-year board term would apply after the next election.

A new Basic Safety Requirement was approved regarding tandem skydiving age limits. The new BSR requires all student tandem skydives to be conducted in accordance with the specific manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem system used for that jump. All of the U.S. tandem manufacturers require that all tandem students be the age of legal majority.

USPA Seeks Nominations for Service Awards
The newly seated USPA Board of Directors is seeking nominees for both the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service. The deadline for submissions is May 6.

The Membership Services Committee, chaired by Vic Johnson, is tasked with reviewing nominations received from the skydiving community before the May 9 deadline. Nominees meeting all the criteria will be considered by the committee at its July meeting in the Denver area July 8-10

Background information, criteria and procedures for submission are located in Section 8-1 of the Skydiver’s Information Manual. Submissions should be e-mailed to or faxed to (540) 604-9741 prior to the deadline.

Skydiver’s Information Manual App Now Available
USPA’s Skydiver’s Information Manual (SIM) is now available as an iPhone app. To download the free app, search for “USPA SIM.” A similar app for Android users is now being developed and will be released later this year.

Selecting U.S. Teams
Currently, the 2011 International Parachuting Commission (IPC) skydiving competition events include the World Cup of Formation Skydiving (FS) and Artistic Events in Germany August 1-7;
the World Cup of Canopy Piloting in the Czech Republic August 22-27; and the 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championship and Gulf Cup, which includes accuracy landing, canopy formation, canopy piloting (CP) and FS, November 29 to December 10. The Skydiver’s Competition Manual states, “The meet from which the results will be used to select the [U.S.] team[s] must be held at least 60 days prior to the World Championships at which the team will compete.” Skydive Arizona will host the 2011 and 2012 USPA Nationals for all events except canopy piloting during late October to early November. Therefore, U.S. Teams competing at the World Cup in Germany will be selected using the results of the 2010 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Chicago last September. The U.S. CP Team competing in the Czech Republic will come from the results of Skydive Spaceland’s USPA Nationals meet last September.

As for the Dubai event, teams will be chosen using the results of the 2010 USPA Nationals in Chicago last year and this year’s USPA CP Nationals to be held at Skydive Spaceland in September.

For the 2012 Mondial in Dubai November 29 to December 10, teams will be selected from the results of the 2011 USPA Nationals at Skydive Arizona October 26 to November 5 and the 2012 USPA CP Nationals at Skydive The Farm (exact dates yet to be confirmed but expected to be June or July).

USPA is seeking applicants to serve as team managers for all events and disciplines. Information about the tasks required to serve can be found in Section 11 of the Skydiver’s Competition Manual. Any questions or comments can be addressed to

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

In March’s Parachutist...
The March issue of Parachutist was shipped this week, so you should be receiving it soon, if you haven’t already. It covers two competitions: the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships and the 2011 Dubai International Parachuting Championships and Gulf Cup. In addition, there’s a feature on Richard McCoy Jr.’s 1972 hijacking of a 727 airliner, Luigi Cani’s flight with an Aero L-39 fighter jet, tips for load organizing and more. Let us know what you think about this issue and others by e-mailing

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