uspa 'A' license, what's next

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Brian Darnel » Tue, 17 Dec 1996 04:00:00



(SNIP)

Quote:
> Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from
the USPA,
> and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after
meeting
> all of the said requirements?

> Thanks,
> Peter


You can get a copy of the license application from Parachutist
Magazine and fill in most of the specifics (especially accumulated
freefall time).  This will help save time later.  The test,
however, has to be administered and graded by an instructor.  The
instructor also has to verify your application and sign it.  
Bottom line, you can't circumvent the DZ.

Try calling midweek rather than talking to the staff on a weekend.
They'll probably have more time to explain their policy to you.  
It is also sometimes easier to get the staff's attention after
hours over a cold one.

Brian

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by peter torell » Tue, 17 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Hello,

I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA. I'm by no
means bashing the place, its great, i really enjoy the location, the
people, the gear and the planes... but whenever i mention SIM or the
test or whatever comes next to the staff, i pretty much get the same
answer, "just keep jumping," and they walk off. I've got 30+ jumps from
13k, several 2-way RW jumps... basically everything listed in the USPA
requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This
is where most people sort of shrug and say, "Well, my DZ back in ----
took care of all that for me."

Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
all of the said requirements?

Thanks,
Peter


 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Terrence Houlaha » Wed, 18 Dec 1996 04:00:00



<snip>

Quote:
> Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from
the USPA,
> and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after
meeting
> all of the said requirements?
> Thanks,
> Peter

If your DZ can't be bothered to find an instructor to hand you a
test, go to Skydance and jump there.  Great folks, super
facilities & aircraft and people focused on customer service.
Jumped there recently (30K high alt training) and wouldn't
hesitate to recommend the DZ to anybody.  See Dave Beckert

take care of you. Should solve your problem.

--
Terrence Houlahan     D-18865
Bridge Day '96 site:
http://members.aol.com/Live4thril/bridge.htm
My Site: http://members.aol.com/live4thril/houlahan.htm

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Kevin-Neil Klo » Wed, 18 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Peter,

I would say that it's time to find a new DZ if they can't take the
time to hand you a test.

Pepperrell took the time to do it for me even though I jumped there
only one day (well, two because I went back) and they didn't know me
well at all (although they did go and verify all the information quite
thoroughly, bless'em).  At Skydance, they were trying to close and I
asked Dave beckert PRETTY PLEASE can I take the test now and he said,
"Sure", waited while I took my B, C, and D tests, graded it, and then
closed up shop.

      -- kevin --

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by R. Mehl » Wed, 18 Dec 1996 04:00:00


: (SNIP)
: > Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from
: the USPA,
: > and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after
: meeting
: > all of the said requirements?
: >
: > Thanks,
: > Peter

: You can get a copy of the license application from Parachutist
: Magazine and fill in most of the specifics (especially accumulated
: freefall time).  This will help save time later.  The test,
: however, has to be administered and graded by an instructor.  The
: instructor also has to verify your application and sign it.  
: Bottom line, you can't circumvent the DZ.

Of course you can circumvent any particular DZ and northern CA has
no shortage of DZs.

I like Lodi too, but they are not real big there on the USPA and USPA
procedures. However, you can take your logbook to another DZ, take the
test, send in the paperwork and get that license. Byron is pretty close
and it is a USPA DZ, so you might boogie over there some weekend instead
of going to Lodi. Seeing another DZ isn't a bad thing, something to be
avoided for fear of being exposed to alternate ideas, different people.

If you're happy jumping at Lodi, though, there's no particular reason to
be frantic about getting a USPA license. The honors and priveledges one
confers are not all that great.

RM

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Moshe Prei » Wed, 18 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hello,

> I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
> been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA.

> Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
> and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
> all of the said requirements?

Just tell the local S&TA (that was Fred the last time I was there) that
you want to take the test. Use some intelligence. Don't ask him in the
middle of a busy day while he's strapping on a tandem passenger and
doing 20 other things. Wait till the end of the day, and talk to him.
The same applies to Kathy at manifest; she's the nicest, most helpful
person you could ever hope to meet, but don't ask her while she's
manifesting 20 walk-in tandems, twelve students, and three zoo loads.
Use some common sense, and talk to her when she's not frazzled. It never
ceases to amaze me how people turn to total strangers on the net for
help when they have the resources right in front of them IF you use some
common sense. I got my A at Lodi years ago. I told Bill I needed a
license to jump at Perris for the Thanksgiving boogie; he gave me the
SIM, told me which sections to read, had the S&TA give me the test, and
told me to fax it to USPA to make sure I got my number in time. What
more could I ask for??

Moshe
D-17822
(Fred signed off the tests for the D)

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Meatbo » Thu, 19 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hello,
>requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This

This is very simple and I'm surprised you didn't figgure it out for
your self.  The B licence comes next after an A licence and after that
the C and D licences and E Licences.

Meatbomb

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Bert Navarret » Thu, 19 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hello,

> I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
> been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA. I'm by no
> means bashing the place, its great, i really enjoy the location, the
> people, the gear and the planes... but whenever i mention SIM or the
> test or whatever comes next to the staff, i pretty much get the same
> answer, "just keep jumping," and they walk off. I've got 30+ jumps from
> 13k, several 2-way RW jumps... basically everything listed in the USPA
> requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This
> is where most people sort of shrug and say, "Well, my DZ back in ----
> took care of all that for me."

> Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
> and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
> all of the said requirements?

> Thanks,
> Peter


Yeah.  Leave your dz, go to Perris or another dz, and take the test
there.
 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by GJLatin » Fri, 20 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Hello,

> > I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
> > been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA. I'm by no
> > means bashing the place, its great, i really enjoy the location, the
> > people, the gear and the planes... but whenever i mention SIM or the
> > test or whatever comes next to the staff, i pretty much get the same
> > answer, "just keep jumping," and they walk off. I've got 30+ jumps from
> > 13k, several 2-way RW jumps... basically everything listed in the USPA
> > requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This
> > is where most people sort of shrug and say, "Well, my DZ back in ----
> > took care of all that for me."

> > Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
> > and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
> > all of the said requirements?

> > Thanks,
> > Peter

> Yeah.  Leave your dz, go to Perris or another dz, and take the test
> there.

Hey Peter,
        If a DZ wants to keep you there (and keep your business), the best way
to do it is to keep you stupid! Most DZs require a USPA license to jump,
so if I can keep you fat, dumb, and happy - I've got a lock on your
money!!!!
        Sounds to me like you're getting screwed. Getting the heck out of Dodge
isn't a bad idea. I'm not from that area (so I'm pretty objective) Here
are my recomendations:
        1) Go to Skydance Skydiving in Davis - They are a VERY professionally
run DZ. Try asking for the manager and explain your story. Don't worry,
I'm sure he's heard it before!! This place is a large DZ with pretty
high standards. If I lived in Northern Ca. and wanted to get good fast,
that's where I'd go.
        2) Go to Bay Area Skydiving in Byron - I haven't been there yet, but
the people I know that jump there are a great bunch of folks. If they
are the norm, this might be a GREAT place.
        I've spent the last three summers touring DZs across the USA and your
story is pretty common. It's a good idea to jump at different places to
get a good feel for the sport. This is just my opinion, but my gut
reaction of Lodi wasn't very good!!! It's a big world out there, why
settle for peanut butter and jelly when you can have steak and lobster?

Blue skies!! (and better drop zones)
Gino

 
 
 

uspa 'A' license, what's next

Post by Tim » Sun, 22 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Hello,

> > I've been working on a class-a license for some time now and haven't
> > been receiving very much support from my local DZ in Lodi, CA. I'm by no
> > means bashing the place, its great, i really enjoy the location, the
> > people, the gear and the planes... but whenever i mention SIM or the
> > test or whatever comes next to the staff, i pretty much get the same
> > answer, "just keep jumping," and they walk off. I've got 30+ jumps from
> > 13k, several 2-way RW jumps... basically everything listed in the USPA
> > requirements, with the exception of the test. But what comes next? This
> > is where most people sort of shrug and say, "Well, my DZ back in ----
> > took care of all that for me."

> > Is there any way to circumvent my DZ and get the license from the USPA,
> > and if so, what else do I have to do (forms, tests, etc) after meeting
> > all of the said requirements?

> > Thanks,
> > Peter

> Yeah.  Leave your dz, go to Perris or another dz, and take the test
> there.

Lodi is a great DZ... but not a USPA member. Nothing against them, I
guess they just don't want to be stuck in with all the other member
DZ's. I got my CCR at Lodi (on my secon CRW jump! Docked 4th and we held
the 8 stack for about 10 seconds and met all the USPA BSR's.) They were
very helpful in filling out the forms I needed for the CCR. If they
don't want to help you with your license forms, take your log to another
DZ and buy a SIM and take the test... then go back to Lodi and enjoy the
good jumps and good people.