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Published on Saturday, August 1, 2020
On June 8, canopy manufacturer Performance Designs released its latest canopy, the Sabre3. The company stated, “Though the Sabre3 shares a lineage with two historically popular Performance Designs canopies, the Sabre and Sabre2, the designers began with a clean slate with the goal of creating the world’s next most popular canopy. They enhanced the qualities people loved most about the Sabre2 but minimized or eliminated those some found less desirable.”
Performance Designs test jumper Brad Cole remarked, “The Sabre3 definitely has the range to be a great straight-in, no-wind, standard-landing-type canopy for a lower experience jumper. Or you can really push it and get some amazing flight performance out of it. It’s pretty much for the world. What we want as skydivers is a reliable canopy that is predictable on opening all the way through landing. It really is a beautiful wing.”
Performance Designs states that the Sabre3 is appropriate for novice through expert skydivers, depending on wing loading. The 9-cell, entirely zero-porosity-fabric wing is available in 89-, 97-, 107-, 120-, 135-, 150-, 170-, 190-, 210- and 230-square foot sizes. It retails for $2,500 and is available to demo through Performance Designs and its dealers. More information about the new canopy is available at performancedesigns.com.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: August 2020
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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