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Published on Monday, July 1, 2019
April was a rainy month in Texas, with almost every weekend either too cloudy or windy to jump. Fortunately, the last weekend in April was crystal clear at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, just in time for the third annual Spaceland XRW Skills Camp. With nine canopy pilots and more than 20 wingsuit flyers learning to fly with one another, this was the largest XRW camp so far, and the ratio was perfect for progress and growth under the organization, guidance and mentoring of Scott Lazarus. In addition to Lazarus, the canopy pilots had incredible mentors in Richö Butts and D.Q. Israd, while the wingsuit flyers found guidance and advice from flyers such as Ted Chen and Craig Lambton.
On Friday, the morning jumps allowed the organizers to assess skill levels and figure out the best mix of flyers to maximize the chances for success for everyone. Several of the participants arrived with only a handful of XRW jumps under their belts, hoping to make their first surf docks and hand docks. On every jump, the improvements were obvious, and by the end of the day, everyone was feeling good about their individual progress.
Saturday morning brought more great weather, and jumping started early. While some groups worked on static jumps and basic docks, other groups flew more dynamic jumps with complex docks and diving turns. Wingsuit flyers got to jump with the various canopy pilots throughout the day, allowing them to practice with different wing loadings, ranging from 3.0:1 to 3.8:1. As the camp progressed, participants achieved personal goals and came up with new ideas, and many had the chance to be a part of their first multi-canopy XRW formation!
One of the highlights of the camp was brothers Daniel and Stephen Megison taking hand docks on canopy pilot Adam Tallman, while their dad, Steve Megison, locked into the surf dock below. It was a special jump for the family and Tallman, who is now an honorary Megison!
On Sunday, the jumpers pulled off some amazing feats. The morning started with five canopy pilots and 14 wingsuiters flying in a huge formation. Later, Ted Chen flew a hand dock with Scott Lazarus, who had a wing loading of only 2.45! And as people started to pack up and head home, the camp wrapped up with an attempt at a hex dock (one canopy pilot docked with six wingsuiters) that came close to completing. All of the camp participants left with a sense of accomplishment and a huge amount of knowledge to bring back to their home drop zones.
Stephen Megison | D-32683
Author: Stephen Megison
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: July 2019
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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