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USPA Licenses: Privileges, Requirements and
Written Exam Study Guides

A-License

Licenses Privileges and Requirements

Persons holding a USPA A license may jump without supervision, pack their own main parachute, engage in basic group jumps, perform water jumps, and must have

  1. completed 25 jumps
  2. completed all requirements listed on the USPA A License Proficiency Card
  3. completed five group freefall skydives involving at least two participants
  4. received the signature and official stamp on the USPA A License Proficiency Card or USPA A License Progression Card (ISP) which validates the A license for a 60-day time limit following the completion of the card
  5. The completed and signed USPA A License Proficiency Card or USPA A License Progression Card must be validated within 60-days of completion by sending the card to USPA Headquarters. Once validated, USPA will issue a license number that becomes a permanent record of the member.
  6. passed the USPA-developed written and oral USPA A-license exams conducted by a current USPA I, I/E, S&TA, or USPA Board member

Note: USPA Headquarters will accept either completed card signed by a USPA Instructor without the official stamp. The registration fee must be included.

Passages to Study

  • 2-1 (all)
  • 4, all Categories
  • 5-1 5-2
  • 6-2 6-8
  • 9-1 FAR 105

B-License

Licenses Privileges and Requirements

Persons holding a USPA B license are able to exercise all privileges of an A-license holder, perform night jumps, participate in US National Championships, with 100 jumps are eligible for the USPA Coach Rating, and must have

  1. obtained a USPA A license
  2. completed 50 jumps including:
    1. accumulated at least 30 minutes of controlled freefall time
    2. landed within 33 feet of target center on ten jumps
  3. aerial performance requirements, either:
    1. demonstrated the ability to perform individual maneuvers (left 360, right 360, backloop, left 360, right 360, backloop) in freefall in 18 seconds or less
    2. or successful completion of the planned formation(s) on ten group freefall jumps
  4. documentation of live water landing training with full equipment in accordance with the procedures in the Skydiver's Information Manual
  5. completed all of the requirements listed on the USPA Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card (effective January 1, 2012)
  6. passed a written exam conducted by a current USPA I, I/E, S&TA, or USPA Board member.

Passages to Study

  • 2-1 (all)
  • 4, Categories D F G H
  • 5-1 5-2 5-3
  • 6-2 6-4 6-6 6-10 6-11
  • 9-1 FAR 91.17 9-1 FAR 91.211 9-1 FAR 119.1

C-License

Licenses Privileges and Requirements

Persons holding a USPA C license are able to exercise all privileges of a B-license holder, are eligible for the USPA Instructor rating (except USPA Tandem Instructor), participate in certain demonstration jumps, may ride as passenger on USPA Tandem Instructor training and rating renewal jumps, and must have

  1. met all current requirements for or hold a USPA B license
  2. completed 200 jumps, including accumulating at least 60 minutes of controlled freefall time
  3. landed within seven feet of target center on 25 jumps
  4. aerial performance requirements, either:
    1. during freefall, perform in sequence within 18 seconds-a backloop, front loop, left 360-degree turn, right 360-degree turn, right barrel roll and left barrel roll
    2. completed at least two points on an 8-way or larger random skydive
  5. passed a written exam conducted by a current USPA I/E, S&TA, or USPA Board member.

Passages to Study

  • 2-1 (all)
  • 4, Category C
  • 5-1 5-2 5-6
  • 6-2 6-7 6-8 6-9 6-10 6-11
  • 7-1
  • 9-1 FAR 91.15 9-1 FAR 91.151
    9-1 FAR 91.409 9-1 FAR 105.17

D-License

Licenses Privileges and Requirements

Persons holding a USPA D license are able to exercise all privileges of a C-license holder, are eligible for all USPA ratings, and must have

  1. met all current requirements for or hold a USPA C license
  2. completed 500 jumps including accumulating at least three hours of controlled freefall time
  3. made two night jumps (recommended that the first one be a solo and one in a group) with a freefall of at least 20 seconds
    1. with verification of prior night-jump training from a USPA Instructor holding a USPA D license
    2. with the advice of an S&TA, in accordance with USPA BSRs
  4. Passed the written USPA D license exam conducted by a current USPA I/E, S&TA, or USPA Board member.

Passages to Study

  • 2-1 (all)
  • 4, Categories F G H
  • 5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4 5-5 5-6
  • 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-6 6-7 6-8 6-9
    6-10 6-11
  • 7-1
  • 9-1 FAR 91.151 9-1 FAR 91.211
    9-1 FAR 105.17 9-1 FAR 105.43

Manuals and References
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2 Out

AAD

Angle Flight and Tracking

B License

Canopy Construction

Canopy Piloting / Swooping

Canopy Skills

Emergencies (Ep)

Exit Separation

Increasing Performance

License Requirements 3

Malfunction Recognition

Manuals / Handbooks

Packing

Parachute Flight

Rigging

Swooping / Canopy Piloting

Tracking and Angle Flight

Water Training

Manuals and References
(by Source)

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Source: AXIS Flight School

Source: Big Air Sportz / Brian Germain

Source: BPA

Source: Bryan Burke

Source: Cloud Dancer

Source: Cypres (Airtec Safety Systems)

Source: DropZone.com

Source: OmniSkore.com

Source: Performance Designs

Source: Skydive the Mag

  • 180? About Turn!
    The 180° approach under canopy is the most difficult and dangerous

Source: SkyExtreme.com

Source: UPT

Source: USPA

Special Topic: Body-flight Theory (by Niklas Daniel)

Special Topic: Camera Flying

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