8-Way Advanced Class Added to 2014 U.S. National Skydiving Championships

8-Way Advanced Class Added to 2014 U.S. National Skydiving Championships Spaceland Lite 8-way 2013

We’ve just been informed that the United States Parachute Association Board of Directors has voted to approve the creation of an Advanced class of 8-way formation skydiving between the current Open and Intermediate classes. This new class will receive competition for the first time at the 2014 U.S. National Skydiving Championships, which will be held at Skydive Chicago Sept. 10-24. To say we’re excited about this is an understatement–we’re thrilled! We want to thank all 103 of you who filled out all or part of the 8-way survey we conducted last year to gauge competitor opinion on this topic we had heard discussed for several years. With the respondents coming from all levels of competition, it was impressive to see the level of agreement. More than 85% of you wanted this class created, with only 6% dissenting. I can’t remember seeing this percentage of skydivers agree on too many things other than that beer is good and water is wet, and the board agreed as well, passing the motion to add the class after only about 5 minutes of discussion. We are grateful that the annual advanced class debate has been put to bed, finally! And we look forward to flying in the new advanced class at this year’s Nationals with all of you who felt, as we did, that that is where we belong for 8-way. It’s going to be a great time! More information:

  1. 8-way advanced survey results (don’t miss the comments)
  2. USPA news brief on the March 2013 Board of Directors meeting

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