2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!
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    2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!

    2019 Nationals to Include Canopy Piloting Freestyle Test Event!

    Competition News
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    The 2019 USPA National Canopy Piloting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, this September will now include a freestyle test event. The three-jump event is scheduled for September 10, with official registration on September 9.

    Because the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale officially adopted freestyle as an international competition event, the U.S. now needs to select competitors for the U.S. Team to compete at FAI World Championships and World Cups. In recent years, the U.S. has simply allowed the U.S. Team for the traditional CP events to compete in freestyle. However, the USPA Board’s Competition Committee has determined that freestyle should have its own qualifier, and Skydive Paraclete XP has agreed to hold a test event at this year’s Nationals.

    The top 12 open competitors from this competition will qualify to compete on the U.S. Team at the 2019 World Cup of Canopy Piloting in South Africa later this year (see more here), and the top eight open competitors will qualify to compete on the U.S. Team at the 2020 Mondial World Skydiving Championships in Tanay, Siberia (Russia).

    Since this is only a test event, there are no corresponding competition rules in the USPA Skydiver’s Competition Manual, so the event will use the International Parachuting Commission’s competition rules—2019 IPC Competition Rules for Canopy Piloting - Freestyle—with some minor modifications, detailed at the following link:

    USPA Changes to the 2019 IPC Competition Rules for Canopy Piloting – Freestyle

    If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hubbard, USPA Director of Competition & Records, at competition@uspa.org.



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    USPA and NTSB Educational Links

    Friday, January 28, 2022

    As a potential aviation safety improvement, USPA and the NTSB have collaborated to provide the educational links below to help jump pilots and operators improve the safety of jump flights.

    1. FAA Safety – Flying for Jump Operations
    2. Back to Basics Flying for Skydiving Operations – YouTube
    3. NTSB Safety Alert on Carburetor Icing

    NTSB Recommendations: Enhance Safety of Revenue Passenger-Carrying Operations Conducted Under Title 14

    Monday, September 27, 2021

    This is a synopsis from the NTSB’s report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause, and safety recommendations. NTSB staff is currently making final revisions to the report from which the attached conclusions and safety recommendations have been extracted. The final report and pertinent safety recommendation letters will be distributed to recommendation recipients as soon as possible. The attached information is subject to further review and editing to reflect changes adopted during the Board meeting.

    Aircraft Control After Engine Failure on Takeoff

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    Studies have shown that startle responses during unexpected situations such as power‐plant failure during takeoff or initial climb have contributed to loss of control of aircraft. By including an appropriate plan of action in a departure briefing for a power‐plant failure during takeoff or initial climb, you can manage your startle response and maintain aircraft control.

    USPA Aircraft Maintenance Guidance

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    USPA has developed a packet that has been mailed to all Group Member DZ operators that helps clarify the federal aviation regulations as they apply to operators of jump aircraft. The USPA Group Member pledge also includes new provisions clarifying FAA aircraft inspection requirements and jump pilot qualifications. Following are the packet contents:

    Cover Letter
    Maintenance Narrative and Sample
    Aircraft Status Form

    Aircraft Operations And Pilot Training

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    The USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual was designed to provide DZOs and their pilots with a guide to procedures and practices that supplement FAA regulatory requirements. The newly revised 2011 USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual is now available for download.

    The Jump Pilot Training Syllabus serves as an outline for topics that should be covered during initial and recurrent jump pilot training. Aircraft operators are encouraged to tailor this Word document to their needs. Sections may be added to address pilot training in specific skydiving aircraft. The syllabus was created by Chris Schindler, whose website DiverDriver, is “the jump pilot’s information resource.”

    The Flight Operations Handbook, originally by Ray Ferrell, is an in-depth template to be used to cover a variety of topics related to aircraft procedures and pilot training for skydiving operations. It includes sections on several popular skydiving aircraft, and pilot flight competency and proficiency checks. This Word document may also be edited to suit company needs.

    USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual
    Jump Pilot Training Syllabus
    Flight Operations Handbook

    Formation Flying 101: A Guide For Jump Pilots

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    One word summarizes the basis for successfully flying aircraft formations: planning. Whether you’re flying two Cessna 182s or a 12-aircraft formation for a world record, the same rules apply.

    Planning. Planning. Planning.

    Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Orange Skies Free Fall Center launched its opening weekend at Fort Morgan Municipal Airport in Colorado April 20-21.

    USPA AAD Fund Supports Part 16 Win

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    During its recent meeting in Dallas, the USPA Board of Directors voted to support a major airport-access win for skydiving by Luther Kurtz, DZO of the Phoenix Skydive Center in Casa Grande, Arizona, under Part 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Kurtz will receive a $24,156.76 as a reimbursement for a share of his legal expenses through the Airport Access and Defense Fund. Details about the case are available in the article “DZO Wins Part 16 Appeal” on page 16 in the February issue of Parachutist.


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