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What Does It Mean To Be A USPA Dropzone

Friday, December 21, 2018

Two primary entities oversee skydiving operations in the United States: the USPA and the FAA. If the acronym doesn’t ring a bell, we’re here to help break it all down.

What is the USPA?

The United States Parachute Association is a non-profit organization of individuals responsible for disseminating information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the world of sport skydiving. Each year, the USPA publishes guidelines and recommendations to promote safe skydiving nationwide in the form of the Skydiver’s Information Manual. Both the USPA and the FAA rely on drop zones to self-regulate and enforce training and operational requirements. At Skydive Orange, we take the responsibility seriously.

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Skydive Orange as a USPA Group Member Dropzone

The Group Member Program was a way for skydiving facilities to directly affiliate with the USPA. When a skydiving facility chooses to be a group member drop zone, they, in essence, make a promise to uphold the safety standards of the USPA.

Skydive Orange is the great drop zone serving Richmond, VA, Washington D.C, and the beautiful state of Virginia as a whole. As a group member of the USPA, Skydive Orange has made a pledge to adhere to the USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements, to use USPA certified instructors, to maintain and provide USPA required equipment, and to utilize USPA developed training instruction methods.

What does this mean for you?

When you’re considering skydiving near Washington D.C., you want to feel confident you are making a trip to a facility you can trust.  When you look to skydive Virginia, look to Skydive Orange to provide a safe and memorable skydiving experience for you and your family. From check-in to landing, we strive to give you an experience you’ll remember fondly for a lifetime.

Because we set ourselves apart with a commitment to safety and strive to provide a special experience for each of our guests, when individuals have looked into skydiving D.C., they have come to look to Skydive Orange as the most trusted club-operated skydiving center in the area.

As you begin to look at skydiving in Virginia, to help you determine which drop zone fits you best, consider reading up on the different drop zones. Visit the drop zone’s website. Check out the reviews. What you’ll find? Our customers mean the world to us. At Skydive Orange, we provide superior equipment, instruction, and training.

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What We Offer Our Customers

When you visit Skydive Orange, you can expect a friendly face to check you in and answer your questions, to complete a skydive with a highly trained USPA- certified instructor, to be given state-of-the-art equipment, and a ride to altitude in a spacious, comfortable, and clean aircraft flown by an experienced pilot.

Weather permitting, jumpers can count on skydiving Saturdays and Sundays year-round. During the summer, we are typically open Wednesday-Sunday and offer appointments as daylight persists.

Considering skydiving Richmond, Virginia? Choose a USPA group member drop zone like us and contact Skydive Orange.

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