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Oct 3, 2003, 9:52 AM
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S&T News from USPA
Received this morning from Jim Crouch (.pdf attached):
"SAFETY & TRAINING NEWSLETTER
A Bulletin for the training community
Vol. 3, Issue 7
October 2, 2003
RATING COURSE MATERIALS
USPA continues to receive outdated instructional rating proficiency cards from
course candidates and course directors. These outdated cards result in rejected
applications returned to the candidate or course director. USPA HQ cannot issue
a rating unless the proper materials are used for the course syllabus. Since
January 1, 2003, all USPA rating courses have required the USPA Instructional
Rating Manual and Skydiver’s Information Manual, each dated within two years
of the course. Both manuals are available through the USPA Store, and the SIM
is available online. Each candidate must have his or her own manuals during the
conduct of a rating course. One IRM can be used for all of the USPA instructional
ratings and contains the forms necessary for each course.
The 2004 Skydiver’s Information Manual and the 2004 (Edition Three)
Instructional Rating Manual are now available through the USPA Store. Input
from the membership continues to improve both manuals. New to the SIM in
2004 is a section for advanced canopy flight, with recommendations for
downsizing and learning performance canopy maneuvers. The section on canopy
formation received a much-needed rework, thanks to CF specialist Wendy
Faulkner. Section 3 covering USPA licenses has been updated to reflect the
September 30 alignment with FAI standards.
Other miscellaneous SIM updates include:
• The cutaway alternative has been added to the first-jump course and in the
recommendations for experienced jumpers to address a side-by-side (main
and reserve) canopy formations. USPA is looking for more research on two
canopies out to update its recommendations, which may or may not work with
the smaller canopies now in use.
• The outmoded height-weight table in Section 4 was deleted.
• The section on skydiving emergencies now includes a recommendation for
jumpers to simulate malfunctions on the ground at every repack cycle and to
operate the emergency handles on their equipment (probably best done with
the rigger present to recover the equipment).
• A new passage in the recurrency recommendations addresses longer periods
of inactivity or sporadic activity.
• Jumpers are reminded to take extra care when reassembling reserve static
lines after disconnecting them.
• In the spotting section, recommendations include staying in position on the
line of flight after opening to allow jumpers from other groups to open.
Whenever possible, jumpers should fly perpendicular to the flight line after
opening until they see the next and previous groups open their parachutes.
Also, whenever the plane takes a second pass or if there is more than one
plane flying jumpers, enough time must be allowed for everyone to fly clear
before the next pass. Flight operations need to accommodate the broader
range of altitudes at which jumpers now choose to open.
• The freefall timetable, at least two decades old, now includes average freefall
times for freeflyers and wingsuit jumpers.
• The night-jump recommendations include new information on hypoxia and
night vision and advice for using whistles or other noisemaking devices.
• In the SIM section on PRO Ratings, USPA further clarifies that the ten jumps
to qualify need to be successive or successively declared. If a jumper
declares a jump and misses, he must start again from jump number one.
• The Membership Services Committee updated a number of the service
• USPA Headquarters checked the FAA website for new editions of the FARs
applicable to skydiving and included any corrections or additions.
• License exam answer sheets no longer need to be forwarded to USPA
Headquarters, and drop zones may develop their own written tests for the
USPA A license in lieu of the oral testing now required as part of the USPA Alicense
check dive. Procedures for license testing are reviewed in the IRM for
use with the USPA Instructor Rating Course.
• For D License applications received after September 30 from applicants with
500 jumps or more, the written D License test has been eliminated. The test
questions for the B and C Licenses have been updated and are available at
INSTRUCTIONAL RATING MANUAL
The 2004 IRM (Edition Three) has also been changed to reflect the updates to
the SIM. The USPA Coach rating had required a C license. Now it requires only a
B license with 100 jumps, keeping the experience level the same. All USPA
Instructor ratings had required a D license, but now any C-licensed Coach may
apply for an AFF, Instructor-Assisted Deployment or Static-Line Instructor rating.
As before, AFF applicants also need six hours of freefall time. USPA Tandem
Instructors still need a D license which is a requirement listed in the FAA Part
NEW LICENSE TESTS
The USPA B and C license tests have been changed to reflect the latest USPA
policies and procedures. Copies of the written tests and answer keys will be
mailed to all S&TAs, I/Es and USPA Board members along with their new 2004
SIM. Any USPA official authorized to administer license exams may request the
new tests from USPA Headquarters. In the meanwhile, pre-September 30 exams
may be substituted. In that case, applicants for the USPA C license must pass
both the C and D exams. The USPA A License continues to be an oral exam
using 20 questions from the A-H Category quizzes found in Section 4. Drop
zones may also create their own written tests for the A License using the same
pool of questions.
INCIDENT REPORTS NEEDED
The number of incident reports sent to USPA has increased slightly in 2003 but
still does not reflect the actual number of accidents occurring around the country,
according to reports found on various Internet websites. Any accident or incident
should be reported to USPA HQ using the new accident report form, which is
confidential. No names or locations are required to be listed on the form, unless
reporting a fatality. USPA uses the reports to help identify trends in skydiving and
to help educate the Membership. USPA cannot keep track of incidents unless
they are reported. The forms take only a few minutes to fill out and the
information is invaluable to USPA and its Membership. An S&TA or an instructor
whom the S&TA assigns should complete the form whenever possible. However
USPA will accept forms completed by other individuals.
INSTRUCTIONAL RATING END GAME
Plans continue for the development of the top-level training course where the
successful candidates will most likely come away with a USPA Coach Course
Director appointment and Skydive University Coaching rating. This new course
will train very experienced instructors to be course directors for USPA Coach
Rating courses. The course is still in early development, and will eventually
become the avenue to follow for anyone interested in teaching instructor courses
for USPA ratings. The rating has yet to be named and no deadline has been set
for a completed syllabus. USPA is looking for input from interested course
directors. The next workshop will be held at Skydive Dallas from November 6-9,
2003. This workshop and program will benefit candidates in several different
1. Those who would like to become USPA course directors or possibly USPA
Instructor Examiners, depending on the final title for the rating
2. Those who would like to become Skydive University Coaches
3. Those who are interested in updating their teaching skills and learning the
latest techniques in skydiving instruction
The cost per candidate to attend this Dallas workshop is $400 per candidate.
Those interested in attending should contact Rob Laidlaw at (386) 738-7699 or
firstname.lastname@example.org The class is limited in size."
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