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Published on Monday, July 1, 2019
The Performance Designs Factory Team began 15 years ago as a 4-way formation skydiving project composed primarily of PD employees. It later became a high-performance canopy piloting team. For 2019, PD is expanding the team to include classic accuracy. The PD Factory Team–Accuracy will showcase the Performance Designs ZERO accuracy canopy and act as ambassadors to the sport while waving the PD flag. The team will compete at the 2019 World Cup events in Europe.
The new team members are Stefano Corradini, Paolo Filippini, Vittorio Guarinelli, Ehab Mahmoud, Cheryl Stearns and Daniele Viel. The team members have more than 74,000 jumps, 174 podium finishes and 207 years of experience in the sport between them. PD Marketing Manager Albert Berchtold remarked, “The PD Factory Team has a long lineage of great skydivers and canopy pilots. We have no doubt that the new members of this accuracy team will continue to raise the bar for the PDFT. We are as proud to have them wearing PD blue as they are to be wearing it.”
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
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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