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Published on Saturday, February 1, 2020
In November, a team of formation skydivers and night-jump enthusiasts gathered at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to build large, multi-point formations with complete breaks between points. The international team, led by Steve Woodford, has returned year after year to take on the challenge of building big-ways at night. With the team’s depth of experience (most of the participants were on the 64-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Night Formation Skydive set in June 2019), confidence was high. Airtec, Hel-Star, Innovative Parachute Technologies and Sun Path Products sponsored the event.
Woodford designed a skydive that included three distinct points with complete breaks in between. The sequence was both aesthetically pleasing and challenging, avoiding the patty-cake look of some sequential moves. After several successful jumps both during the day and in the evening, the team built a four-point 22-way formation with complete breaks between points under the light of the moon on November 9. The jumpers were Ebby Boehm, Tony Bourke, Mike Canary, Dave Dow, Franck Eloffe, Georgy Kiss, Joost Luijsterburg, Scott Macario, Latency McLaughlin, Corey Mendoza, Linnea Norby, Doug Pinkham, Mauro Ravanelli, Jose Rios, Sergey Sergienko, Jonas Siksnelis, Dillon Smith, Alex Swindle, Derek Thomas, Vladimir Ursachi, Louis Villa and Steve Woodford. Andrey Veselov was the camera flyer.
The team is currently working through the process required to certify a record at the world level and hopes to have it complete soon.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: February 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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