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Published on Friday, November 1, 2019
On September 14 at Kapowsin Air Sports’ Fun Jumper Weekend in Shelton, Washington, Northwest Regional Director Luke Aikins presented John Mitchell, D-6462, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Northwest Region. Mitchell, who began jumping in 1974, has mentored countless jumpers over the years and has participated in numerous Washington state formation skydiving records. Still a very active jumper and a regular at Skydive Kapowsin, Mitchell garners the love and respect of his peers for both his skydiving skill and his likeable personality. Peers have said that he’s “one of the faces you most look forward to seeing at the drop zone.” The citation on his award reads: “For being a mainstay in the Northwest skydiving community for more than 40 years as an instructor, organizer, fun jumper and mentor; for providing insight to jump pilots as an air traffic controller; and for organizing the annual Leap for Lupus charity boogie.”
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: November 2019
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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