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USPA Update
June 17, 2010

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Thirty-three Submit Intent to Run for USPA Board
June 1 was the deadline for USPA members to submit a letter of intent to run in the upcoming election for the USPA Board of Directors. The respondent was also required to declare whether he or she would run as a national director or a regional director. By the deadline, 33 members had submitted their intent to run. National and regional incumbents are identified by an asterisk “*”.

Name Name Region
Sherry Butcher* Gary Peek* Central
Thomas Deacon Randy Schroeder* Eastern
John DeSantis* Todd Spillers* Gulf
Kevin Gibson Donald Carrington Mid-Atlantic
John Goswitz Tony Thacker Mid-Atlantic
John (Jack) Guthrie Randy Allison* Mideastern
Larry Hill* Ray Lallo Mountain
Marty Jones Bill Wenger* Mountain
Abbie Mashaal Merriah Eakins North Central
Jan Meyer Marylou Laughlin* Northeast
Mike Mullins* Jessie Farrington* Northwest
Tom Noonan Craig Stapleton* Pacific
Jay Stokes* Scotty Burns Southeast
Kirk Verner* Jerry Whittredge Southeast
Richard Winstock Vic Johnson* Southern
B.J. Worth* Lee Schlichtemeier* Southwest
  Scott Smith* Western

Want Online Voting in the Next BOD Election?
USPA still needs at least 1,100 signed proxies before July 16 in order to change its by-laws to allow the use of an online voting process for electing its board of directors. If you have not yet done so, please download a proxy here, sign it and either mail it to 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407; fax it to (540) 604-9741 or scan and e-mail it to Complete details about the proxy effort are here. Please act today!

FAA Changes Rule on Main Parachutes
On June 3, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule amendment to Federal Aviation Regulations Part 65, which addresses certification of parachute riggers. The change to Section 65.111(b) removed the authority of a non-certificated person (including a rig owner or packer) to “maintain or alter” a main parachute when not under the supervision of a current parachute rigger.

A person may still pack a main parachute “when that person will be the next jumper to use the parachute” or in the case of packers, for instance, “when under the supervision of a current certificated parachute rigger.” The FAA says the amendment corrects an unintended change to the rule when it was last revised in 2001.

View the Part 65 Final Rule in the Federal Register.

Final Call for Membership Survey
If you haven’t already taken USPA’s membership survey, now’s your chance to provide your input and let USPA know how you feel about your association. The brief survey will take only a few minutes of your time and will help us better serve the membership in the future.

Canopy Piloting Rules Correction
For those interested in canopy piloting competition, there has been a slight edit necessary for the 2010 Skydiver's Competition Manual, appearing on USPA’s website here. In Section 3-1.8, “Rules Specific to the Accuracy Event,” zones 7 and 8 are minus zones, not plus zones as previously shown. Please take note and direct any questions to

Needels to be Honored at USPA General Membership Meeting
Chris Needels will receive USPA’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, at a special ceremony the evening of July 16 at the conclusion of the USPA General Membership meeting. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire. As inscribed on the award, Needels is being honored “for almost a half-century of total commitment to USPA as a board member, officer, executive director and skydiving museum trustee, providing unparalleled leadership, vision and lasting stability.”

Membership Q & A
Question: Why hasn’t USPA issued my license (or rating)? The DZ said they faxed it two weeks ago.

Answer: All too often, we receive calls checking on licenses and ratings that DZs or course directors were supposed to forward to USPA. Sometimes these applications are not forwarded as quickly as the candidate would like. It is not necessary to have the DZ or course director forward applications—the applicant may fax, e-mail or mail a copy to USPA at any time.

Last Call for Calendar Photos
The deadline for submitting photographs for consideration for the 2011 USPA Skydive Calendar is July 15. High-resolution photos at least 5”x 7” at 400 ppi (2,000 x 2,800 pixels) may be submitted online or e-mailed to Please indicate “calendar submission” on the subject line or description field.

USPA attempts to portray a wide variety of skydiving disciplines in the calendar, choosing photos based on uniqueness, composition and clarity. Submissions that depict BSR or FAR violations will not be considered. Photographers receive $150 for each selected photo.

Skydiving in the News
Check out a few of the recent cool news stories about skydiving:

A leap of faith
A flying leap above Mt. Everest
Smoke jumper: Stewart leaps from perfectly good airplane
NewsChannel 8's Courtney Robinson Goes Skydiving
Grandmothers go skydiving for Mother's Day
On the Job with Taft Skydiving Instructor

In July's Parachutist...
The July issue of Parachutist went to press last week and should be hitting your mailbox in another week or so. This issue is packed with features, including the final part in the D.B. Cooper series, an article that examines the evolution of swoop canopies, the skydiving-related tattoo pictorial and an article highlighting the first inductees to the National Skydiving Museum’s Hall of Fame. Let us know what you think about this issue and others by e-mailing

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