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Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
In August, Matt Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe hosted a Vertical Sequential Camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. The skills-camp participants came from Brazil, Dubai, Kuwait, Mexico, Norway, Turkey and the U.S. to prepare for the two-point 80-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Head-Down World Record attempts scheduled for June 25-28, 2020, at Skydive Chicago. Skydive Sebastian in Florida will host a second preparatory camp in February.
Fry and Lowe were instrumental in spearheading rule changes that USPA and the International Parachuting Commission of the FAI adopted for head-up and head-down sequential skydiving earlier this year. The old rules limited formation design, and with the new rules in place, vertical sequential flyers are anticipating moving the discipline forward. Already this June, Fry organized a successful 20-way that set the FAI World Record for Largest Two-, Three- and Four-Point Head-Up Skydive. It was an invigorating success.
“It’s exciting to pioneer a new world-record category and to have fun doing dynamic big-ways—turning points into creative formations. It reminds me a lot of the direction [FS organizing group] P3 has gone.” Lowe said.
More information about the next record event and preparatory camp is available at facebook.com/verticalsequentialworldrecords. Jumpers can also contact Lowe and Fry directly at email@example.com.
Melissa Nelson Lowe | D-20224
Author: Melissa Nelson Lowe
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: October 2019
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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