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Published on Friday, June 1, 2018
Four skydivers in Eloy, Arizona—Sara and Steve Curtis, Jason Peters and George Reuter—recently purchased Firebird Skydiving, maker of the EVO harness-and-container system (and previously, the Omega sport and tandem harness-and-container systems and the Contrail, Demon, Cayenne and Chilli canopies).
The current product line consists of the EVO sport, student and tandem containers and the Rush and Quick reserves. The company is planning on releasing new magnetic riser covers, a main-assisted-reservedeployment system and a line of main canopies later this year. Firebird, which manufactured its products in Germany and the Czech Republic since Bernd Pohl founded the company in 1995, has now moved its production facility to Eloy, Arizona. Some manufacturing processes will remain in Germany and the Czech Republic, but assembly of the harness, final assembly, quality control and the manufacture of approximately 80 percent of spare parts will take place in Eloy. Firebird’s goal is to make skydiving gear safer with a range of innovative design features and also to bring down the cost of gear. The company plans to do this by using an efficient workflow, as well as direct-to-consumer sales. The company estimates that eliminating the dealer fee will save consumers an average of 15 to 20 percent. More information on Firebird USA and its products is available at flyfirebird.com.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: June 2018
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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