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Published on Saturday, September 1, 2018
Lenny Botak made a tandem jump a couple of years ago. When he landed, he knew he wanted to skydive some more, but as so often happens, life got in the way. It wasn’t until April this year that he was finally able to follow through. He signed up for instruction with the Alliance Sport Parachute Club, a USPA Group Member DZ in Petersburg, Ohio, which is within traveling distance to Botak’s Pittsburgh-area home. He opted for the instructor-assisted deployment method, made progress over 17 jumps and then logged onto USPA’s website on Saturday, June 30, to become USPA member #325501. Botak’s online application resulted in USPA reaching a milestone that day: 40,000 members. Another applicant later that day actually pushed the historic total to 40,001. USPA President Jay Stokes phoned Botak later that week to congratulate him. “He was still pretty excited!” said Stokes.
Author: USPA Staff
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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