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Published on Sunday, December 1, 2019
Chicks certainly rocked this year at Skydive Elsinore in California during its 19th annual Chicks Rock Boogie. The mild Southern California fall weather did not disappoint, and mild temps allowed jumpers to make as many skydives as they wanted. Although men also attend Chicks Rock, the boogie focuses on female empowerment and is the place to find amazing female load organizers. Wingsuit organizers Stephanie Baptiste and Marie Clark kept the birds flying, while Claudia Blank, Angela Cascino, Brooke Frame and Veronica Giraldo kept the freeflyers and angle flyers busy. Maxine Tate of Flight-1 provided canopy coaching and also helped new jumpers work on their tracking skills. Formation skydiving load organizers Tamara Bartlett (fresh from winning gold in 4-way intermediate FS at the USPA Nationals) and Mary SantAngelo kept the belly jumpers busy. Danielle Lakata Barlow put together her famous patch jumps, where skydivers can earn patches designed by Barlow for all sorts of fun achievements (such as passing a Barbie). Darryld Light, the sole male organizer, helped out in various ways when needed. Brian Binder, Dean Chisholm and David Sands provided photos and videos for the participants, both in the air and on the ground.
Evening entertainment included beer pong, a live band, night swoops, a barbecue dinner and a theme party. (This year’s theme was Cartoon Carnival.) During the party, sponsor Bonehead Helmets gave away its newest helmet, the Dynamic; and Larsen & Brusgaard gave away an Ares II altimeter. Onsite vendors Advanced Aerospace Designs, Freefall Data Systems, Innovative Parachute Technologies, Liquid Sky Sports, Performance Designs, Rig Sleeve, Rigging Innovations, Sound Sentri and Square One generously donated products for the boogie, as did vendors Aerodyne Research, Bev Suits, Cookie Helmets and Velocity Sports equipment, who could not attend.
Skydive Elsinore encourages jumpers to come to Chicks Rock in 2020 for its epic blowout party for the 20th anniversary of the event.
Mary SantAngelo | D-9944
Author: Mary SantAngelo
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: December 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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