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aeharding

New SL/IAD "freefall" jump requirement

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Hi all,

How do you guys feel about the change from "25 jumps" for an A license, to "25 freefall jumps"?

For IAD, this effectively means there will be 5+ more required jumps to get an "A" license.

Just thought I'd ask!

EDIT: Personally I am troubled that nobody reached out to dropzones that would be affected by this :( At least not our DZ. Also, the ramifications of the change weren't emphasized (the effective jump # change for IAD/SL). I'm glad I didn't glance over the word "freefall" when reading the BOD summary!

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aeharding

Hi all,

How do you guys feel about the change from "25 jumps" for an A license, to "25 freefall jumps"?

For IAD, this effectively means there will be 5+ more required jumps to get an "A" license.

Just thought I'd ask!

EDIT: Personally I am troubled that nobody reached out to dropzones that would be affected by this :( At least not our DZ. Also, the ramifications of the change weren't emphasized (the effective jump # change for IAD/SL). I'm glad I didn't glance over the word "freefall" when reading the BOD summary!



Where I jump it is minimum of 32 jumps when doing SL/IAD... Personally I feel that 25 jumps for license is not nearly enough, I mean most of the AFF students that get licensed cant even exit properly...

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I was just starting out in 2003 which was the big change that I recall. I remember the scramble for the D and Cs, this change feels small in comparison, and I seriously doubt it will have much impact on IAD retention rates.

Can someone tell me what the A-licence requirements were in 2002? Google is letting me down on finding them.

Seth
It's flare not flair, brakes not breaks, bridle not bridal, "could NOT care less" not "could care less".

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aeharding

Hi all,

How do you guys feel about the change from "25 jumps" for an A license, to "25 freefall jumps"?

For IAD, this effectively means there will be 5+ more required jumps to get an "A" license.

Just thought I'd ask!

EDIT: Personally I am troubled that nobody reached out to dropzones that would be affected by this :( At least not our DZ. Also, the ramifications of the change weren't emphasized (the effective jump # change for IAD/SL). I'm glad I didn't glance over the word "freefall" when reading the BOD summary!



I support it. I see it as this:

1. Very few are going to get their A license and then just quit.
2. You can still jump on student status and you can even jump with other people if they have a coach rating or D license.

Since you can still jump without a license and you're going to do more than 25 jumps anyway, I see no reason why stretching it out to 30 for IAD students would result in any meaningful problems. It mostly just means you cant jump at a new DZ yet and you cant jump with a bunch of other noobs, both of which are not bad things for someone that new to the sport.

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Westerly


I support it. I see it as this:

1. Very few are going to get their A license and then just quit...



Wanna bet?

Any clue how often this happens?

Helpful hint:

A lot.
"There are NO situations which do not call for a French Maid outfit." Lucky McSwervy

"~ya don't GET old by being weak & stupid!" - Airtwardo

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DanG

Static line and IAD jumps did not count toward your license when I started in 1995. Not sure when they made the change.



Yeah that is what I think was in effect before the big bumps in 2003, A-license was 20 freefall jumps. Then it went to what it is now, 25 total jumps.
It's flare not flair, brakes not breaks, bridle not bridal, "could NOT care less" not "could care less".

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USPA is a national aero club and issues licenses (certificates of proficiency) on behalf of the FAI and they are all internationally recognized. The FAI changed the minimum requirements for an FAI recognized license. The USPA, as a national aero club, has followed the FAI. This is a world wide thing and affects every aero club, not only the USPA. For the licenses to be internationally recognized, FAI licenses (certificates of proficiency), they had no choice.

You can check out the minimum requirements here:

https://www.fai.org/document-compression/25045

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