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Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2020
What should a demo team do when two of its members will soon hit the 5,000-jump mark? Plan something a bit special, that’s what!
The Blue Skies Parachute Team gathered at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, to celebrate the 5,000th jumps of members Garth Harley, D-16014, and Tom Schroder, D-3025, by making an old-style baton pass (with a few upgrades). Following a six-point practice jump, the team—Harley and Schroder, Jim Brewster, Scott Hamlin, Larry Henderson, Marc and Cassi McGahee and Matt McManus with camera flyer Dave Ryder—posed for the obligatory group photo, grabbed the baton (with two sets of 5,000-jump wings attached), strapped on some EG-18 and CM-75 smoke systems and headed for altitude. Local camera flyer Peter Kwon also went along to get shots of the action.
Wearing red smoke easily visible from the ground, the team exited the Twin Otter at 13,500 feet. The first point was a nice 8-way round that transitioned into an 8-way diamond with Harley and Schroder holding the baton between them at the front of the formation. On signal, the entire team moved into a tracking position and, trailing smoke until breakoff, tracked the diamond for the horizon. After landing, the celebrants gathered for more photos, during which time two pies appeared from out of nowhere to add to the celebration.
Author: April Schreurs
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: January 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.
USPA 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407 (540) 604-9740 M-F 9am-5pm Eastern (540) 604-9741 firstname.lastname@example.org