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Benefits to having a B license?

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I sent in the paperwork this afternoon to get my B license. I'm not very experienced and I mainly worked towards the B license because I like having goals to shoot for and an excuse to keep improving my skills.

Now, aside from the obvious reasons listed in the SIM (qualify to earn a coach rating, pull lower, etc.) what are some of the cool jumps I'll have access to as a B-licensed jumper that I wouldn't be able to do with an A?

I think I remember at a boogie last summer, the high altitude jumps were only open to B-licensed and better jumpers.

What else have you seen only open to B and better?

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It's interesting that apparently a lot of people skip the B license: if you look at the list of newly issued licenses in the USPA magazine, the numbers for recent C licenses are greater than those for B. So many people have skipped it.

One of the requirements for C is that you either hold a B, *OR* have met the requirements for a B (whereas, you must have an A-license to get anything higher). Same deal getting a D: you don't need a B and C (although you have to meet the requirements for them).

OTOH, the only down side is the $30 license fee and the trouble you take to submit the form.

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Recurrency training goes out to 90 days from 60 days.

Night jumps require a B license or higher (water jumps only require an A plus training)
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Night jumps require a B license or higher



Nope.

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"Skydivers participating in night jumping should meet all the requirements for a USPA B or higher license."

You don't have to apply for and pay for the B license to do night jumps. You just have to have the card filled out and signed off.
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Night jumps require a B license or higher



Nope.

6-4 B1
"Skydivers participating in night jumping should meet all the requirements for a USPA B or higher license."

You don't have to apply for and pay for the B license to do night jumps. You just have to have the card filled out and signed off.



Ok thanks for the correction.
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It's interesting that apparently a lot of people skip the B license: if you look at the list of newly issued licenses in the USPA magazine, the numbers for recent C licenses are greater than those for B. So many people have skipped it.



I didn't see any value in it. Part of it was that the timing worked out that I didn't complete water training till I had about 130 jumps. At that point I figured I was close enough to a C that I'd just wait and apply for the C instead of bothering with the B. I couldn't see anything that I wanted to do at the time that a B license would have allowed me to do.
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Neither hot air balloon jumps nor helicopter jumps technically require a B license (from USPA) but that is a common requirement of the drop zone or operator. I went ahead and submitted mine for the extra currency and because of my jumping pace (I jump frquently but I'm not racking up the jump numbers) meant it would be a while before I get my C.

Although I know its technically correct that a lot of things can be either "B-license" or "B-license qualified" I suspect getting the B license would make those things easier to do if you were travelling for a boogie (as would often be the case for a helicopter or balloon jump)? I haven't been to enough different places or done enough speciality jumps to know for sure, I just suspect that a busy DZ staff would rather just see a B license then inspect a log book and a completed B license application.
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i have a b license, but never had an A.


Well, then if it was issued under the current requirements, they probably made a mistake. First item in the B-license requirements is "obtained a USPA A license". (Whereas, for C-license, it's "met all current requirements for *OR* hold a USPA B license".)

But I won't tell on you. ;)

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What else have you seen only open to B and better?



You need at least a B license to compete in intermediate/advanced 4-way/8-way FS, 10-way FS, 16-way FS, 2-way CReW, or intermediate artistic events at nationals. You need a C license or better to compete in anything else.

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"Skydivers participating in night jumping should meet all the requirements for a USPA B or higher license."



That's kind of annoying. I did my water training and first night jumps when I had five or six hundred jumps. I wanted to go straight to D, but the powers that be at the dropzone made me fax in my B application before they'd let me jump at night. So I have A, B, and D licenses, the latter two issued in close succession. (I should have just written the credit card number wrong on the form, haha)

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i have a b license, but never had an A.


Well, then if it was issued under the current requirements, they probably made a mistake. First item in the B-license requirements is "obtained a USPA A license". (Whereas, for C-license, it's "met all current requirements for *OR* hold a USPA B license".)

But I won't tell on you. ;)



i sent in my stuff in feburary so i would be good for the fitz boogie. i emailed them a copy of my A card, and that was sufficient.
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i have a b license, but never had an A.


Well, then if it was issued under the current requirements, they probably made a mistake. First item in the B-license requirements is "obtained a USPA A license". (Whereas, for C-license, it's "met all current requirements for *OR* hold a USPA B license".)

But I won't tell on you. ;)



i sent in my stuff in feburary so i would be good for the fitz boogie. i emailed them a copy of my A card, and that was sufficient.



That's because a completed, signed, stamped A card IS an A-license. Most people do apply for the A license anyway because if nothing else, getting it filed with USPA means that if you lose the yellow card, there's still a verifiable record of you having achieved the A license. If you lose the card, you'd have to redocument everything, which could be a pain. But by having the card, you did have a license.
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I did the same thing. The only issue I had was not having a A-license number. People would ask to sign their logbooks and I didn't know what to tell them



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That's because a completed, signed, stamped A card IS an A-license. Most people do apply for the A license anyway because if nothing else, getting it filed with USPA means that if you lose the yellow card, there's still a verifiable record of you having achieved the A license. If you lose the card, you'd have to redocument everything, which could be a pain. But by having the card, you did have a license.

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I like that.... and I like this thread. Very informative

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