News & Events
Become a Skydiver!
How to Start Skydiving
Frequently Asked Questions
FAA & USPA
You are here:
Click any of these icons to view details. Click again to minimize.
Hand-deployed pilot chute
A small parachute thrown by hand in freefall to extract the main parachute from its container. (see also pull out and throw out)
The webbing of a parachute system that surrounds and retains a jumper.
Harness and container system
The major component of a parachute system, usually unitized, which the jumper dons for the jump. It contains the canopies and certain accessory devices.
A skydiving training discipline where a student is trained for independent, solo freefall but is accompanied by at least one USPA AFF Instructor until meeting the requirements in the BSRs for self-supervision in freefall. On the initial jumps, the AFF Instructor(s) assist the student on exit via a harness grip.
Inverted vertical or nearly vertical freeflying orientation.
A hook-shaped knife with an inside cutting edge. Used in certain emergencies to sever problem lines or components of a parachute system.
A canopy maneuver that results in a steep dive.
A single-point aircraft passenger restraint system that integrates with a parachute harness. Designed by Jack Hooker.
A partial parachute malfunction where part of the deployed parachute is entangled with the jumper or his or her equipment.
Connect with USPA
Copyright 2008 by United States Parachute Association
United States Parachute Association, USPA, and the USPA logo are the property of the United States Parachute Association
USPA | 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407 | phone (540) 604-9740 | fax (540) 604-9741 |