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Published on Sunday, July 1, 2018
Garrett “Snake” Shaw, D-2600, passed away May 3 after an illness. He was 80 years old. Shaw is survived by his wife, Jade Piearson. In 1975, Shaw joined the USPA Board of Directors by winning a special election to fill the North Central Conference (now called Regional) Director vacancy, completing the 1975-1976 board term. He won reelection for the 1977-1978 term. During his second term, he served as Chairman of the Finance & Budget Committee.
Shaw began jumping with the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division in 1956 and made his first sport jump in 1962, earning his USPA Jumpmaster and Instructor ratings in 1971. He was a charter member of the South Dakota Skydivers. According to Tom Plonka, who came to know Shaw after he relocated to Florida and began jumping at Jimmy Godwin’s Paragators DZ, “He wasn’t very talkative, but he was a great skydiver and a great guy.”
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: July 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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