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Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2020
When firefighter Austin Peck wrote his last wishes before passing away after a four-year battle with occupational cancer, he instructed his family to spread his ashes in a “cool way.” With a little inspiration from their friends, the Peck family decided to release Austin’s ashes in the sky. When they approached Skydive Arizona in Eloy with their request, the drop zone decided to go above and beyond and hosted a large event for the deceased 35-year-old father of two. Firebird Skydiving also chipped in and donated the flags, smoke and ash bag used during the event.
A crowd of more than 100 people gathered together in Eloy to watch as 10 of Austin’s family members made tandem skydives wearing “Falling for Austin” T-shirts. Austin’s father, Mark, was the last to jump, and a small crew of local professional skydivers escorted him. The tandem pair was encircled by red, white and blue smoke so those watching from below could see the moment when Austin’s ashes were released into the sky. Local firefighters then sounded off their lights and sirens as Mark and his instructor, Rich LaBarr, landed. The tandems were followed by demo jumpers Chazi Blacksher and Melanie Firth, who flew the flag of Arizona and the United States flag over the crowd.
Austin’s father described the event as “an amazing, amazing emotional release.”
George Hargis | C-44312
Author: George Hargis
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: January 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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