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Published on Saturday, December 1, 2018
Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California, held its Oktoberfest Boogie October 12-14 and saw an exceptional turnout of more than 150 experienced jumpers and 100 tandem students. The Central California drop zone, which is near Silicon Valley and offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay area and the Northern California Hills, has been in business for more than 25 years. This was the third year for Oktoberfest and the first under new management, which took over the drop zone in February. Owner Shaun Fenner and Safety and Training Advisor Mattie Guthrie have sparked a renewed passion for the DZ, which has done more than double the business in its first nine months than it did in all of 2017.
Jumpers made close to 900 skydives from multiple aircraft during the 2018 Oktoberfest. World-class organizers put together amazing jumps that catered to all skill levels. World champion wingsuit flyer Chris Geiler and Ted Chen led wingsuit jumps; Ian Durell rocked freefly and angle dives; Lori Connor from the Northern California Skydiving League put together 4-way formation skydives; and Byron’s very own John Dobleman organized the always-fun Carroll Shaw 6-Way Speed Scrambles.
Management has big plans and has scheduled improvements to spur on Bay Area Skydiving’s continued growth. Fenner and Guthrie are scheduling future events (including the Oktoberfest Boogie 2019) and expanding load organizing services to attract more fun-jumper participation in the upcoming year.
Adam Myers | D-31092
Author: Adam Myers
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: December 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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