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Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
On February 24, Sun Path Products and Rigging Innovations announced the planned merger of their business operations under the Sun Path Products brand.
Sandy and Brenda Reid founded Rigging Innovations in 1985 in Perris, California. Sandy is best known for the original patent on the articulated harness and the development of the Telesis, Talon, Voodoo, CPX and CURV container systems. He remarked, “My wife and I have no children or family who might be interested in continuing our legacy. We have dedicated our lives to skydiving and we couldn’t think of a better partner with the resources and innovation to take our brand and products forward the way Sun Path can.”
Sun Path and Rigging Innovations customers will not see any immediate changes. While the long-term goal is to move the manufacture of Rigging Innovations products to Sun Path’s facilities in Raeford, North Carolina, the transition will be slow. There will be no changes to dealer networks, ordering procedures, service or support in the near future. Those with questions about the merger may visit bit.ly/RISunPathMerger.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: April 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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