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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018
Planning and organizing multi-point big-way formations is not as easy as you might think. Even with a first point already designed, coming up with a challenging but doable second point—much less one that is visually attractive—is tough. But Larry Henderson is someone who can sit down and create smooth dives and make it look easy.
Henderson has made use of his dive-planning skills by hosting an invitational big-way event at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas (formerly Skydive Dallas) in Whitewright, Texas, for at least 15 years … but even he is unsure how long it’s been. The most recent Larry Henderson Invitational, held August 3-5, attracted 42 jumpers and two camera flyers. Originally, the drop zone planned to devote two of its Twin Otters to the event, but after a mechanical issue with one of the planes, the DZ chartered a Skyvan for the second aircraft. Both aircraft contained oxygen systems, and the group made 16 jumps from above 17,000 feet. Henderson added some young blood to the lineup this year and did a great job of giving everyone the opportunity to exit from several positions on both aircraft.
DZ Manager Ben Nelson did a great job of keeping an eye on everyone and made sure the event ran smoothly. The staff ran everything flawlessly with the exception of ordering about 40 too many pizzas for dinner one night. It was a great event, and everyone is looking forward to next year. There still may be some pizza left if anyone is hungry.
Zach Lewis | D-21616
Author: Zach Lewis
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: October 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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