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Published on Monday, April 1, 2019
Maytown Sport Parachute Club in Marietta, Pennsylvania, honored founding member Dick Gochenaur, D-1404, at its February club meeting. The club presented him with a plaque and a check in recognition of his many years of selfless service dedicated to the continuing success of the club.
Gochenaur made his first jump with the Army in 1958 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1963, he began sport parachuting with Berks Parachute Club, a drop zone in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Flying Dutchman club in Maytown, Pennsylvania, and the Falling Stars club in Palmyra when they merged around 1970 to become Maytown Sport Parachute Club.
Gochenaur served as the USPA Area Safety Officer and then Safety and Training Advisor (after USPA renamed the position) for 52 years from 1966 through 2018. He competed in Mid-Eastern Parachute Association and Parachutists Over Phorty Society meets and was an instructor. He is also a Federal Aviation Administration-certified rigger. He has used these skills in service to MSPC running manifest, serving as equipment officer, talking students in by radio, keeping records and generally doing a myriad of tasks to keep the club running smoothly. He is now in his sixth decade of parachuting activity and is still active as the equipment officer for MSPC and packs pilot emergency rigs.
Cheryl Whitford | D-5164
Author: Cheryl Whitford
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: April 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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