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Published on Sunday, July 1, 2018
Skydive Spaceland’s sport accuracy competitions have long been a fun way to focus skydivers on safe, accurate landings and introduce newer jumpers to competition. With free canopy coaching and three classes of competition to provide jumpers of all experience levels an opportunity to compete for prizes, including a free day of jumping, the meets usually draw a good crowd.
Unfortunately, the weather was complete garbage at three of the four Spaceland locations (two in Texas, one in Georgia and one in Florida) on April 7, so only Skydive Spaceland–Florida in Clewiston completed a meet, and that was only a partial meet. The master’s class (351-plus jumps) completed all three rounds in increasing winds, while the intermediate class (101-350 jumps) completed two rounds, and novices (less than 100 jumps) completed one. All classes of competitors together competed for the day of free jumping, and it was close! Four of the eight competitors landed less than 10 meters from the dead center, and master’s competitor Brian Gammill edged out intermediate competitor Joe Joseph by less than a meter.
Gammill scored 5.85 meters, while Joseph scored 6.64. Gammill also won the master’s division after the three completed rounds with a total score of 52.98 meters (all three masters missed the target on round three in the winds). Joseph won the intermediate division after two completed rounds with a total score of 17 meters. In the novice class, Brian Bouchard scored a 22.01 to win that class, landing only 7.01 meters out but taking a 15-meter down penalty. All Spaceland locations will hold the next accuracy meet November 3.
Christy West | D-21464
Author: Christy West
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: July 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.
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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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