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Published on Friday, May 1, 2020
Matt Fry and Konstantin Petrijcuk (filling in for organizer Melissa Lowe) led the Vertical Sequential Camp—an event that gave jumpers a chance to try unique, non-traditional formations—at Skydive Sebastian in Florida February 20-23. The organizers designed three-and four-point formations that challenged flyers to think in both two and three dimensions. The elite group of flyers who attended completed some of the formations with ease; other formations presented unforeseen challenges and required a return to the drawing board.
The laid-back, camp-style environment allowed jumpers to challenge themselves by flying slots outside of their comfort zones. Some of the goals of the event were to ignite a passion for these types of formations and encourage flyers to return to their home DZs and try them on a smaller scale. Ideally, the participants will return to the next event with solutions to the challenges noted on less-successful jumps, as well as ideas for new ones. Fry and Lowe have their sights set on setting an 80-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Two-Point Head-Down Formation Skydive June 25–28 at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, under the new international rules for sequential records.
Natalie Pitts | D-3092
Author: Natalie Pitts
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: May 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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