Safety Day 2016 Recap

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The 2016 season has begun. Hopefully, you were able to join us for USPA Safety Day to get your mind and gear ready to jump this spring. On Saturday, March 12, we gathered for refresher courses, announcements, a series of seminars, and afterparty at our Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

If you weren't able to join us, here's what you missed, and some helpful reminders to review as you get back in the air. Let's have a safe season!

REFRESHER COURSE

We kicked off the morning with separate refresher courses for licensed jumpers and students. Remember uncurrent licensed jumpers will still need to complete a jump with a coach or instructor when getting back in the air. Uncurrent students will need to repeat the last jump completed successfully, and should make a Freefall University appointment for their soonest available jump date.

DZ ANNOUNCEMENTS

President and DZO Douglas Smith offered a look at some of our winter projects, staffing changes, migration to Burble software, and more.

CHES JUDY SAFETY AWARD PRESENTATION

This award recognizes someone who through example, deed, training or innovation, has promoted safe skydiving in a substantive way. We were proud to select AFF Instructor, Coach, CRW Organizer, and all-around mentor Keith Paulsen for this year's honor.

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2015 USPA FATALITY REPORT

Chris Rea presented USPA's data on fatal skydiving accidents in 2015. The full slideshow is available for download on USPA's Safety Day website.

AIRCRAFT SAFETY SEMINAR

Douglas Smith discussed procedures for boarding, riding, and exiting skydiving aircraft. Among his key points:

  • Never approach an airplane from the front or walk under the wing
  • Avoid walking on runways, taxiways, and aircraft loading areas
  • Be aware of everyone in the loading area, create barriers as necessary between curious spectators and spinning props
  • Perform gear checks on yourself and those around you
  • Seatbelts must be worn for takeoff, and may not be shared
  • Seatbelts should be removed at altitude instructed by pilot - don't be a roadblock in an emergency exit situation
  • Know jump run direction, ground speed, exit separation, and location of any other jump planes in the air. If you don't know, ask!
  • Don't skip spotting before every exit - communicate any clouds or traffic issues to pilot
  • Remain calm, quiet, and follow pilot directions in an emergency

CANOPY SAFETY SEMINAR

Steve Verner discussed canopy-related safety issues. Each jumper took the USPA Canopy Risk Quotient Quiz.

  • Know your landing direction, be sure eveyone on the load is in agreement
  • Discuss who will be using the high-performance landing area and where they will set up
  • Use the halfway down, halfway back method to decide if you need an alternate landing area
  • Keep your head on a swivel, be aware of traffic
  • Fly a predictable pattern

COMMUNICATION SEMINAR

Brad Cole led a discussion about improving communication on every load. We reviewed compass heading degrees and how to navigate with runway numbers. Getting to the loading area earlier to discuss navigation of movement groups, exit order, and landing directions makes everyone safer. This spring, CSC is installing a safety board that will include a map, current wind conditions, jumprun, established lanes for tracking, angles, and wingsuit jumps. Please help us establish high expectations for communication at CSC, and maintain those when jumping elsewhere.

GEAR CHECK WITH A RIGGER

Jumpers performed gear checks with the Rock Sky Market riggers. Before you jump this season, please stop by the loft with your rig to get everything checked out and perform any needed maintenance.

AFTERPARTY

We kicked off the first Chadeo Patio party of the year with the "Not-So-Safe(ty) Day Afterparty." While enjoying food and drinks at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, jumpers were able to enter the rig building competition. They were given boxes of non-airworthy components and one hour to complete their creations. Contestants modeled for the judges: Chadeo, BJ, and Big D.

Sexiest Winner: Mike Klashna and Jo Beck. Prize: A FREE custom jumpsuit, courtesy of Vertical Suits.

Most Dangerous Winner: Megan Earlywine. Prize: A free reserve repack, courtesy of Rock Sky Market.

Most CSC Pride Winner: Rebecca Mozafaripour. Prize: A $50 gift card, courtesy of the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

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Becky Johns

Becky Johns

Becky Johns is part of the CSC Leadership Team, lending her ideas and talents to strategy and marketing projects. She's also an AFF Instructor, Coach, and loves to jump with friends every chance she gets.

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