USPA Executive Director, Ed Scott to Retire

U.S. Parachute Association Executive Director Ed Scott will be retiring from USPA at the end of 2020, after 13 years in the position and 24 years with the association.

Previously with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, Scott joined USPA in 1996 as Director of Government Relations before being selected as USPA’s ninth Executive Director in 2007. Over the past 13 years USPA has grown from 30,000 members to 41,000 members while skydiving safety has improved dramatically. In that period, the skydiving fatality rate per 100,000 jumps has fallen from 1.15 to 0.45. Sometimes battling for skydiving access on federally-funded airports, USPA has worked to firmly entrench the concept that skydiving is an FAA-recognized aeronautical activity with a rightful place in the national airspace system.

Scott started skydiving in college in 1975 and still jumps today. He also holds a commercial pilot certificate and is instrument-rated. “For a sport that gave me so much, it’s been my great pleasure to help skydiving grow while reducing the risk,” said Scott. USPA is accepting resumes for the Executive Director position through March 31.