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Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Four-way vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Anthem hosted its first Freefly Scrambles at Skydive Arizona in Eloy February 21-23. The team called its event “We’re Bringing It Back” in memory of the freefly money meets that Arizona Arsenal used to host at the DZ.
Event participants attended a mandatory meeting on Friday night, where the organizers announced the draw and the pairings for each 2-way round. Then everyone enjoyed a few beverages and received freebies from event sponsors Firebird, FlyGum, Performance Designs, SSK Industries, SunPath Products and Vertical Suits. Unfortunately, Saturday’s weather was horrible. However, Anthem team member and self-confessed VFS addict Seth Studer put together five pickup teams for a 4-way VFS event in the onsite wind tunnel. Attendees also took part in static and carving huck jams.
Fortunately, Sunday’s weather, though not ideal, at least allowed for three rounds of competition and the awarding of prizes. John Blackburn took first, Yanni Lee took second, and Peter Kindred took third. The members of Anthem hope to hold a scrambles competition again and will keep their fingers crossed for better weather next time.
Chazi Blacksher | D-28539
Author: Chazi Blacksher
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: April 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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