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Published on Saturday, September 1, 2018
In July, Mike and Laura Manthey, the owners of Skydive Suffolk in Virginia, acquired two other well-known Virginia skydiving facilities: Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg and Fredericksburg Skydiving Center. The couple purchased the facilities from the founder of both drop zones, Jim Crouch, who is retiring as a DZO. VSC is the closest skydiving facility to the state capital of Richmond and welcomes experienced jumpers, as well as tandem and AFF students. FSC, which is closer to the D.C. metropolitan area, offers tandem jumps only. VSC remains open under the new ownership while FSC is closed temporarily as the Skydive Suffolk team prepares for a relaunch in early fall.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: September 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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