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Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019
On Friday, June 21, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, Wisconsin, which is located in Marshall, and veterans’ organization 4th HOOAH (Helping Out Our American Heroes) held the 5th Annual Freedom Freefall event in conjunction with the club’s Head to the Hills Boogie. Freedom Freefall started in 2015 in Omro, Wisconsin, to give veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder a way of coping through skydiving and to reduce the number of veterans who commit suicide from the current average of 20 a day. The event moved to Seven Hills in 2017, and the drop zone has hosted it annually ever since.
This year, 23 veterans took to the skies out of a Cessna Grand Caravan from Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, that pilot Andrew Goodwin flew in for the event. 4th HOOAH funded tandem skydives, as well as video, for the veterans. The video flyers included Russ Haas, Keith Jones, Amanda Kubik, Dewey Morrison, Jim Osterman (founder of Veterans Skydive 4 Life) and Brian Torkelson, and Kari De Witt-Olk and Tricia Van Handel helped with editing. The tandem instructors included Haas, Shawn Hartlaub, Leon Kunesh, Mike Petri and Andy Van Handel, and an incredible packing staff kept them in the air. Samantha Berry, Linda Haas and Beth Morrison adeptly handled manifest duties.
Madison’s News Channel 3000 (News 2 Now) reporter Jamie Perez covered the event for the local TV audience. She was so impressed that she made a tandem jump herself the next day and now understands first-hand how therapeutic skydiving can be for veterans. In the five years of Freedom Freefall, 120 veterans have taken to the air. Skydiving has made a difference in their lives, and some have remarked that the experience has made coping with PTSD much easier.
Each year the event grows and helps more veterans. Tammy Hardwick, president of 4th HOOAH, was very pleased with this year’s event and is ready to start planning next year’s. Seven Hills will again be the event host. Information about Freedom Freefall is available at sevenhillsskydivers.org and hooahwi.org.
Andy Van Handel | D-24545
Author: Andy Van Handel
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.
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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