Hello Skydiving Friends,

It has been a pleasure serving as National Director for the past two years.  I had the opportunity to visit dropzones across the country and personally meet skydivers,  DZO’s, and Instructors from all walks of life.  I have listened to concerns about the direction USPA is heading, and given my best to represent your views. 

During my term I took canopy education very seriously, pushing hard to implement the B license canopy proficiency card now in use throughout the world.  Requiring a structured canopy course was a first step in continuing canopy education for young jumpers.

Feeling a disconnect between USPA and general members; I organized a meet and greet, for the B.O.D. and Staff, prior to each board meeting.  My goal was to support local dropzones, speak and jump with members, and represent USPA in a positive light.  Wouldn't it be great if we earned your respect through our actions as opposed to never having it due to inaction.  Please stop by my Facebook page to see pictures and video.

I plan on taking canopy education to the next level by Introducing more canopy and ground evaluations for new AFFI’s, implementing canopy requirements for advanced licenses, and organizing and encouraging canopy instruction standardization meetings.

I do not support a USPA demonstration team.  I feel USPA should never put itself in a position to compete against its own members.  

I support a Standardized Wingsuit Instructor rating.  I spent hundreds of hours reading emails, reading questionnaires, and talking on the phone.  Upwards of 80% of USPA members support this initiative.  I feel this will legitimize wingsuiting within our sport and allow it to thrive in a safe and responsible fashion. 

I made my first jump in September of 1992 and since have accumulated 11,200 jumps.  I am a current AFF I/E, Tandem I/E, and Coach Examiner.  I am Professional Rated and a Safety and Training Advisor. 

One important note, if you decide to support me: I am a current working AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, and videographer, I am on the front lines of this sport.  My finger is on the pulse, so I can make an educated decision in the best interest of you the skydiver.  I am not a DZO nor do I represent any one particular manufacturer.

 Please feel free to visit me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.  Also, take a moment and jump into the forums, we would love to hear from you.

On November 1st you will receive a blast email from USPA.  I urge you click on the link and vote electronically.  I ask you to support me in my run for National Director for the next three year term.  In return I promise to be available to listen and represent your views.

Blue Skies,
Rich Winstock

USPA National Director

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