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Published on Monday, April 1, 2019
On March 8, skydiver and award-winning TV and film composer Kim Planert released his first solo album, “SKYLIGHT: Notes From a Logbook,” featuring the Budapest Scoring Orchestra and vocals by established artists such as Keeley Bumford, Lisbeth Scott and Waterson. “An orchestra session is like a big-way, with 40-plus people playing to a dive plan written down in notes being performed for the first time,” said Planert. An ambient, spiritual, hybrid sound that mixes orchestra with synthesizer, SKYLIGHT is a love letter to skydiving and the skydiving community, according to Planert.
SKYLIGHT was inspired by Planert’s love for wingsuiting and his personal experience of the beauty and risk inherent in flying through the air. Planert began skydiving in 2004 while working as a sound engineer. He moved to the U.S. to begin composing for film and TV. To date he has composed music for more than 230 episodes of primetime TV and has scored several independent movies.
One of SKYLIGHT’s singles is “Ignite,” inspired by a wingsuit night jump where pyrotechnics looked like shooting stars from the ground. Other tracks include “Skydance” inspired by wingsuit acrobatic flying, “Never” written after Planert’s first jump and “BSBD” in memory of those lost. SKYLIGHT is available on all major download and streaming platforms.
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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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