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Published on Saturday, June 1, 2019
On March 1-3, Guy Wright and Arizona Airspeed’s Niklas Hemlin joined forces for the third installment of Eloy Team Elite. Once again, jumpers traveled from all over the United States and beyond for a fast-paced weekend of challenging multi-point 36-way skydives from 16,500 feet. The famous Arizona weather behaved (mostly), and the group got in 14 jumps over three days, with 22 participants hanging in there for a 15th on the last afternoon. Skydive Arizona’s own John Lyman filmed all the jumps.
Skydives included a 36-way bipole jewel, nine 4-way stars flying in proximity (and then transitioning to bipoles), spinning 9-way pieces that formed fragile formations with large gaps in the center and formations with strange angles and cat grips galore. Each two-Twin Otter load challenged participants to fly at 110 percent. The crowning achievement of this spring’s Eloy Team Elite event was a 36-way entirely outfacing diamond!
Airspeed and Team Elite host invitational big-way events throughout the year. Jumpers can contact Hemlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on Airspeed events at Skydive Arizona and Wright at email@example.com for Team Elite events around the country.
Erin Orwig | D-35756
Author: Erin Orwig
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: June 2019
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.
USPA 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407 (540) 604-9740 M-F 9am-5pm Eastern (540) 604-9741 firstname.lastname@example.org