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Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Rotary International has been working for 30 years to eradicate polio, a paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease that strikes mostly children under age 5. In those 30 years, polio cases have been driven down from more than 300,000 per year to the current total of nine (in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria). New polio cases must be reduced to zero and stay there for three years to confirm the battle to eliminate polio has been won. The cost to win is $1.5 billion.
To help reach this goal, Skydive Harbor Springs in Michigan hosted Jump for Polio at its alternate location in Charlevoix. Twenty-two Rotarians from around Michigan volunteered to make tandem skydives and for that privilege raise at least $1,000 each to end polio. Weathered out on the original date, the 22 showed up on a sunny Sunday, June 10. The result was a day full of skydives with spectacular panoramas, great camaraderie and $40,000 raised! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching the amount two to one, for a total of $120,000 to eliminate polio from the earth forever.
The skydiving community and Rotarians really came through for the world’s children. Anyone wishing to donate may visit endpolionow.org.
Author: Don Watkins
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: August 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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