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Published on Saturday, February 1, 2020
In December, Advanced Aerospace Designs, manufacturer of the Vigil automatic activation device, issued reminders to Vigil owners about battery replacement. The press release stated that any Vigil battery that is more than 10 years old must be replaced before using the unit. Vigils produced prior to October 2018 contain batteries with a 10-year lifespan (later models contain 12-year batteries). Any Vigil that is fewer than 10 years old will therefore contain an in-date battery. If a unit is older but has had its battery replaced, a silver sticker on the back of the unit will indicate this. Battery replacement, which includes complete maintenance, costs €95 (approximately $120). Maintenance without battery replacement (including the multi-mode firmware update) is free. More information on Vigil battery replacement, firmware updates and maintenance is available at vigil.aero/rma.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: February 2020
On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.
PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.
Strong Enterprises issued Service Bulletin #35 mandating inspection of the 3-ring attachment on tandem drogues manufactured between June 22, 2020, and February 2, 2021 whose last three digits of the serial numbers between 625 and 714. Status is MANDATORY. Compliance is IMMEDIATE – before the next jump.
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