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Published on Friday, February 1, 2019
Two memoirs—“D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend” by Carl Laurin and “Getting the Truth: I Am D.B. Cooper” by Joe Koenig—and the documentary film “D.B. Cooper: The Real Story” assert that military parachutist and convicted criminal Walter Reca, who died in 2014, was the 1971 hijacker known as D.B. Cooper.
In his book, Laurin, Reca’s best friend, describes Reca’s rough upbringing on the streets of Detroit and his transition to becoming a skydiver. He recalls conversations he had with Reca about the hijacking. Koenig, a certified fraud examiner and Michigan State Police retiree, scrutinized the evidence and interviewed Laurin and other witnesses for his book. He stated, “I analyzed and evaluated the available documents and interviewed key witnesses to assess their evidentiary value, credibility and believability. I compared our information and evidence to the FBI’s. I am convinced: Walt Peca, aka Walt Reca, is D.B. Cooper.”
The four-part documentary film, which includes recorded conversations with Reca discussing details of the skyjacking, is available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play. Laurin’s memoir and Koenig’s investigative account are available through Amazon. More information is available at therealdbcooper.com
Author: USPA Staff
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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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