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Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019
Skydive Orange hosted its Liberty Boogie: Sisters in Skydiving 2019 July 4-7. A stellar cast of organizers chased away the forecasted bad weather and everyone enjoyed a weekend of great jumps.
During the event, Chazi Blacksher, Melanie Curtis and Melanie Firth worked with female jumpers hoping to join the Project 19 Women’s Head-Down World Record Team for the attempts scheduled in 2020. Curtis also organized beginner belly jumps alongside Maxine Tate. Jared Miller organized freefly jumps, and a strong contingent of wingsuit flyers took to the skies, including performing some XRW (mixed wingsuit and canopy jumps).
Three jumpers hit milestones during the boogie. Monica Noncheva received a pieing for hitting jump 2,000; Kiara Bennett made her 900th jump; and Jason Johnson made his 600th.
The time during the few weather holds filled up easily. Maxine Tate gave a seminar specific to big-way canopy flight. (The opening message: know your canopy.) Melanie Curtis gave a seminar on big-way flying and mental toughness. Wingsuit organizer Marie Clark hosted a Jeopardy-style game with skydiving questions.
Photographers David Cherry and David Wybenga of D-Squared captured sky and ground shots during the entire boogie. The very last load was an epic 12-way hybrid. A first-time visitor to the drop zone commented, “The vibe and environment of Orange is inclusive.” The attentive, inviting, safety-oriented club atmosphere of Skydive Orange, under the direction of DZ Manager Pam Young, is just that.
Chazi Blacksher | D-28539
Author: Chazi Blacksher
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: September 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.
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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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