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Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Melvin Brewing, a local microbrewery in Alpine, Wyoming, holds an annual beer festival, Madness Days. The brewery asked local jumpers Bill and Carol Jones to organize tandem skydiving for this year’s event, which it held July 19-21. The result was a beer boogie featuring skydiving rather than the usual skydiving boogie featuring beer!
Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington, provided their Porter aircraft for the event, along with three tandem instructors, four tandem rigs and a videographer. Skydive Arizona in Eloy also lent a hand by providing one tandem instructor and two more tandem rigs. Members of the Jones family and many others also kicked in to help with videography, rigging, packing and general ground-crew duties.
The improvised crew of professionals rocked the boogie, and the local community exploded with enthusiasm. The group flew 63 loads—including 116 tandems and 40 videos—in less than two and a half days. About 20 experienced jumpers attended the madness. Those in a quest to jump in all 50 states were particularly happy to get in a Wyoming jump. Everyone agreed it was an event worth repeating. And with that, the Melvin Sky Trash boogie was born.
Carol Jones | D-17918
Author: Carol Jones
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: October 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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