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Published on Monday, October 1, 2018
The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced that it has selected Phil Chiocchio as the recipient of its Trustee’s Award. Chiocchio began skydiving in 1964 at age 16 and soon became an instructor and jumpmaster. He also became interested in film, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. Combining his interests in skydiving and film, Chiocchio has created audiovisual programs for the Museum since 2011.
The Museum also announced that it is honoring the 1988 Seoul Olympic Skydiving Exhibition Team with the Museum’s inaugural Path of Excellence Award. In 1988, the team altered the world’s perception of skydiving for the better when it performed a skydiving exhibition—including a freefall formation in the shape of the Olympic rings—as part of the opening ceremony of the 24th Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea. An estimated 1.6 billion viewers in 160 countries watched the event on television.
The Museum will present both awards at its annual celebration event November 2-4 at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida. The celebration will also include the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony; a 10-way speedstar competition; a canopy piloting meet; Jumpers Over Seventy record attempts; a high-altitude forum featuring Luke Aikins, Alan Eustace, Colonel Joe Kittinger and Art Thompson; a canopy piloting forum with Greg Windmiller; a pioneers lunch sponsored by Strong Enterprises and more. More information is available at skydivingmuseum.org.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
Tags: October 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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