USPA Board Meeting Concludes
The USPA Board of Directors met March 27-29 in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the fifth meeting of its term. A highlight of the results follows:
- D.J. Marvin is the new Gulf Regional Director, replacing Todd Spillers, who resigned.
- The board voted to waive the USPA Category 1 Group Member fees for college-associated skydiving clubs.
- The board created a new Basic Safety Requirement as follows: “Any person making a tandem jump is not permitted to make turns greater than 90 degrees below 500 feet.” The new BSR is effective immediately.
- The board created a new Basic Safety Requirement as follows: “Any person making a tandem jump acting as pilot in command is required to conduct system-handles checks immediately after deployment of the drogue.” The new BSR is effective immediately.
- The board voted to adopt wingsuit flying acrobatic and performance competitions as new USPA Nationals disciplines. The board will consider bids for the 2015 Nationals at its summer meeting and bids for the 2016 and 2017 Nationals at the 2016 winter board meeting held February 26-28 in San Diego.
- The board adopted night records as a new national record category (not applicable to state) for formation skydiving, large formation and sequential; and canopy formation, large formation and sequential.
- The board selected Douglas Spotted Eagle as the U.S. Team Manager for the First World Cup of Wingsuit Performance Flying this May in the U.K.
- The board selected the following drop zones to host the 2016 USPA National Championships:
- Canopy Piloting – Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida
- Style and Accuracy and Canopy Formation – Skydive Lake Wales in Florida
- Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events – Skydive Arizona in Eloy
- National Collegiate Parachuting Championships – Skydive Arizona in Eloy
- The board voted to eliminate the freefall style event from the USPA Nationals after the 2016 National Championships. Future U.S. Teams for style and accuracy will be selected from the results of the accuracy landing event.
A full report will appear in the June issue of Parachutist
. The next board meeting will be held July 24-26 in Hartford, Connecticut.