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Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
In the photo above, JOS members pose for the camera after their record-setting skydive. Photo by Marco Rossi.
Setting a world record with a team of only Italian skydivers may seem impossible, but that’s just what a group of nine jumpers did on July 15 in Cumiana, Italy. The group—Italo Brizzolesi, Nando Buoso, Roberto Carrani, Carlo De Martino, Eugenio Pizzitutti, Stelio De Vitis, Giancarlo Salvini, Giancarlo Sarti (who participated in the project just after his 80th birthday) and Claudio Serafini—set the Jumpers Over Seventy World Record for Largest Six-Point Formation Skydive, which also qualified as the Parachutists Over Phorty Society and Skydivers Over Sixty World Record. Pilot Roberto Lomonaco flew the jumpers to altitude in a Pilatus PC-6, and Marco Rossi filmed the jumps.
The group was very ambitious. Although JOS rules allow for a partial separation of the formation between points, the organizers decided to attempt formations with total breaks. To achieve a great performance, they created a dive plan that they hoped would be brain-lock free and allow for a rapid succession of points. They created a formation called the Mirzan Cluster, named after the great Italian skydiver Roberto Mirzan.
Although the weather was not cooperative, the group was still able to make six jumps over the two-day event. All of the jumps were very successful, and the group would likely have broken the six-point barrier given enough opportunity.
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Author: Carlo De Martino
Categories: Competition, Records, Five Minute Call
Tags: September 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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