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Published on Saturday, September 1, 2018
The 2018 edition of the American Revolution Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, is in the books, and judging by the reactions, feedback and word on the street generated by the almost 200 jumpers who attended, it was a resounding success! The flight line featured two Twin Otters, a climb-like-a-homesick-angel Super Caravan and a four-seat R44 helicopter. Add to that an awesome manifest crew, crazy-hard-working packers and loaders, world-class pilots and a strong lineup of organizers—including Louis French, Thomas Hughes, Guru Khalsa, Scott Latinis, Tex Leos, Shannon McCarthy, Stephen Megison, Philip Palmer, Dave Quist, Helaine Rumaner and Todd Statdfield—and you had a recipe for awesomeness for belly flyers, freeflyers, wingsuiters and canopy pilots alike.
During the event, the XRW (mixed canopy and wingsuit formation) crew, with canopy pilots Khalsa and Quist, provided amazing video. All the while, Nick Lott and Zach Lewis shot incredible footage that Lott compiled into a fantastic boogie video.
Several vendors, including Airtec, Boogie- Man Suits, Captured Sky, Cookie Helmets, FireBird Containers, Performance Designs, Sun Path Products and Velocity Sports Equipment, sent their reps, who occasionally took time off from work to get to get their knees in the breeze. (Getting to jump with vendor reps is just another feature of a Skydive Spaceland boogie!) The boogie also featured an honest-to-goodness, full-size trapeze setup. Yep, they offered lessons and put on amazing displays of aerial magic, giving a whole new meaning to “ropes and rings!”
Among all the amazing jumps on Saturday, Hughes organized a 32-way formation load that included both belly flyers and freeflyers. Jumpers had plenty of time to grin and giggle after building the formation by 8,000 feet. The jumping day ended with a Star Crest Recipient ceremony (for jumpers who participated in an 8-way or larger formation) led by USPA Southwest Regional Director Jack Pyland IV, followed by a true Texas barbecue and a magnificent fireworks show put on by Scott Levy that capped the evening off with a bang.
Sunday brought another day of great weather for jumping, including one in which Hughes led a tracking dive by sidesliding (something you have to see to believe). As people started to filter out to catch flights or drive home, “Looking forward to coming back next year” was the recurring phrase. The drop zone will host its 2019 American Revolution Boogie July 4-7!
Scott Latinis | D-10514
Author: Scott Latinis
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: September 2018
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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