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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018
In April, a longtime skydiver at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in Addison read the article “Why Marian Sparks Jumps for the Rose (and Why You Should Too, No Matter Where You Live)” by Annette O’Neil in Parachutist. Inspired, he contacted JFTR founder Marian Sparks, who lives in Texas, and began fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization, which provides mammograms and other breast cancer services to those without insurance. Before long, the money began to pile up and he started sending her envelopes full of checks!
On July 14, Vermont Skydiving Adventures held a day of celebration to recognize those fundraising efforts, which resulted in donations totaling more than $22,000 for Jump for the Rose. Sparks decided to attend the event to give her thanks. DZO Ole Thomsen and the crew at VSA—all wearing pink shirts—welcomed her and erected beautiful pink JFTR wind blades provided by Performance Designs.
The weather was cloudy and rainy, but the mood was upbeat as Sparks enjoyed getting to know everyone at the family drop zone and attended a yoga class run by one of the jumpers. When the clouds parted briefly, Sparks was finally able to get in the air for a hop-and-pop. “The view of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack mountains and Canada was so amazing!” Sparks said. “I never dreamed I would ever get to see such a beautiful sight under canopy!”
The next Jump for the Rose event is the ninth annual Pinkfest Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, October 13-14. More information on the boogie, as well as the cause it supports, is available at jumpfortherose.org or by emailing Sparks at email@example.com.
Author: USPA Staff
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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