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Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Troubador Publishers recently released “Body-Flight Basics,” an encyclopedic book that breaks down the mechanics of skydiving and wind tunnel flying. Written by champion freeflyer, wind-tunnel instructor and international competitor Andy Newell, the book starts with the fundamentals and continues through advanced vertical and angle-flying skills. It presents starting points for all key orientations and provides guidance to both novice and experienced jumpers. The drills contained are (with some small adjustments) transferable between the wind-tunnel environment and the sky.
The book also includes introductory contributions from some of the world’s leading flyers. Twelve-time British National Champion Mike Carpenter said on the book’s jacket, “If I could upload this timeless and comprehensive human-flight bible directly into the brains of my students, it would save me years of my time and thousands of their dollars ... but then again, I would be out of a job!”
The comprehensive, 528-page volume is available at bodyflightbasicsbook.com for £40 (approximately $51).
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: April 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.
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