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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018
For the 11th year, Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, delivered Summerfest—its annual midsummer celebration of all things skydiving—July 28 through August 5. Jumpers from all over the world gathered for a week of blue skies, nightly entertainment and what returning attendees describe as “the ultimate sky family reunion.”
With an impressive lineup of vendors and freefly, angle, belly and wingsuit organizers, Summerfest attracts both the novice and seasoned skydiver alike—roughly 600 loads of them, according to pilot Herman Reinhold. The fleet of four aircraft—including three Twin Otters and a Skyvan—saw everything from costumed fun jumpers to competition hopefuls exit their doors, and the boogie’s accomplished and artistically diverse staff of videographers and photographers were there to catch every energy-infused moment.
“We try to make Summerfest anything and everything you want it to be,” says Skydive Chicago Director of Marketing and Events A.J. Johnson. “We work hard all year to make sure that when you get here, there is a plethora of planes, load organizers, jumps, events, bands, games, vendors and yes, giant inflatable battle games for potential weather holds.”
The festivities continued well after the last canopy landed each night: The week’s events, all hosted at Skydive Chicago’s open-air tiki bar, included a guest illusionist and magic show, real-life foosball, big-boy beer pong, a sip and paint, live music and a masquerade party DJ’d by the DZO himself, Rook Nelson. A full fireworks display and demo jump commemorated the final weekend.
For its nine-day tenure, Summerfest transforms one of the largest skydiving resorts in the world into an extraordinary tribute to the spirit of skydiving, one that—for first-timers especially—sets the standard high for boogies thereafter.
Casey McGrath | B-42728
Author: Casey McGrath
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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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