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Published on Friday, May 1, 2020
Although she has been gone for nearly two years, Carolyn “The Queen” Clay remains ever present in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. Following her 2018 death, attributed to a hard-opening main parachute, Jimmy Spronaugle, who jumped with Clay at Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg, discovered that the Virginia Women’s Record for Most Jumps in the State was unclaimed. He knew that Clay was well-deserving of that record. After receiving guidance from Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Chris Wagner and USPA Director of Competition Steve Hubbard, Spronaugle had Clay’s record of 16,933 jumps in the state of Virginia recorded using the date of her death: May 31, 2018. USPA sent copies of the certificate to Clay’s husband, Charles; Virginia Skydiving Center for display at the drop zone; and longtime friend Jim Crouch.
At the time of her death, Clay had made more than 19,300 jumps. She was planning to make it to 20,000 jumps, 50 years of skydiving and 70 years of age on the same date: September 7, 2020. Several of Clay’s friends now wear amulets containing her ashes and carry them during skydives to ensure she makes it to her goal, albeit posthumously. Of course, none of those jumps counted toward the official state record, but it shows just how much she is loved and missed, and why she will always be considered the Queen of Skydiving.
Jim Crouch | D-16979
Author: Sherry Gunter
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: May 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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