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Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2020
With the assistance of some fantastic fall weather, Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, made the end-of-year Mystery Boogie on October 19 a hearty slice of skydiver heaven. A cloudless sky, light winds and midday temperatures in the low 60s set the stage for silly human ground tricks, a scrambles 4-way formation skydiving competition and some impressive accuracy landings. Participants also fulfilled the real aim of the Mystery Boogie: to promote mentoring and socialization between new and more seasoned skydivers by combining team-building exercises and skydiving skills.
This year’s overall event champions were Team Three (Levant Bayrasli, Chris Diamantes, Yuriy Milkhed and Karol Przybytkowski), who succeeded in winning the speedstar competition (in a record final score of six seconds), the 4-way scrambles meet and the Ode to Our Wayward Otter Poetry Slam. Second place overall went to Team Two (Gary Bird, Mike Druzhinin, Elena Mikhed and Ron Schaefer), who scored the most accuracy points. Third place went to Team One (Tia Pilikian, Danny Sherman, Jack Van Riper and Alison Ward), who raced to victory in the Stupid Human Creeper Rally. Regardless of the final standings, all the teams enjoyed a fun-filled day, and everyone went home with the famous STL Bag o’ Crap, which this year included some surprise not-so-crappy free jump tickets—a perfect ending to a wonderful skydiving season!
Dawn Pavlu | D-19846
Englewood, New Jersey
Author: Dawn Pavlu
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: January 2020
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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