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Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
USPA has selected Shanon Searls as its new Director of Sport Promotion, succeeding Nancy Koreen, who has served in this position for 10 years. Searls’ start date is December 17.
Searls became a USPA member in 2010 and has since logged just over 1,000 jumps. She is a USPA AFF Instructor and Coach and an FAA Senior Rigger. She also enjoys wingsuiting, freeflying and formation skydiving. Searls brings to USPA 11 years of marketing experience in the outdoor, natural foods and vacation rental industries. Recently, she has served as the marketing and public relations manager for Exotic Estates, a boutique vacation rental company, where she led demand and lead generation, as well as marketing communications strategies. Having recently received her Master’s in Business from Colorado State University, Searls has amassed skills in media planning, creative direction, business development and strategic marketing.
In January 2019, Searls joined the USPA Board as a National Director and will resign her position on December 16, prior to becoming a staff member. At its January 2020 meeting, the USPA Board of Directors will select a person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the board term.
“I am truly honored and thrilled to serve our members and the board of directors in this capacity,” said Searls. “While I am saddened to leave my seat on the board, I know my professional experience will be greatly utilized as we move into the next phase of sport promotion.”
“Shanon’s previous marketing experience will propel USPA forward as we promote the sport of skydiving, building on Nancy’s lasting legacy that has done so much to foster a positive image of skydiving among the public,” said Ed Scott, USPA’s Executive Director.
Author: USPA Staff
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Tags: December 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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