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Published on Saturday, December 1, 2018
USPA selected Ron Bell as its Director of Safety and Training to succeed Jim Crouch, who served in the position for 18 years. Bell’s first day was October 29.
Bell, a U.S. Army veteran, joined USPA in 2002. Since that time, he’s logged more than 11,500 jumps and earned multiple USPA instructional ratings. In recent years, as a USPA Coach Examiner, AFF Examiner and Tandem Examiner, he has worked as a full-time skydiver managing DZs and conducting training courses.
Early this year, USPA selected Bell to fill the vacancy on the USPA Board of Directors created by the resignation of the Pacific Regional Director. This summer, Bell submitted the required materials to run for reelection in this fall’s board election and thus appeared on the election ballot. Because USPA’s Governance Manual forbids employees from serving on the board of directors, Bell resigned from the board prior to his start date. The board decides how and when to fill the vacancy.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: December 2018
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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