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Published on Saturday, December 1, 2018
World record events take a number of things to be successful—talented team members, capable leadership, a strong video team, experienced pilots, lots of large planes, tireless ground support and favorable weather. Team Ripcord had all but the last component when it gathered at Skydive Perris in California October 11 for a four-day effort to set a Parachutists Over Phorty Society World Record for Largest Formation Skydive.
Since being established in 2012 by Arizona jumper Kimbo Godwin, Team Ripcord has held five events focused on setting POPS large-formation records. During those five events, participants set a total of four POPS World Records. That success has resulted in Team Ripcord events attracting ever-stronger teams.
With a goal of setting a 150-way record, the team had exactly that number of jumpers when the event began. Under the leadership of Godwin as the event organizer, Dan Brodsky-Chenfield as jump organizer and Kate Cooper-Jensen, Larry Henderson, Victor Kravtsov, Scott Latinis, Jim McCormick, Tim Weible and Guy Wright as sector and plane captains, the team had the benefit of very experienced leadership. Unique to this event was the family element: Godwin’s wife, Valerie, led the ground support and administrative teams, which his three daughters helped staff.
On day one, the entire team made three jumps from 16,500 feet from three Skyvans and four Twin Otters. The second day, clouds and winds allowed for only two attempts before the skies darkened for what turned out to be almost 40 hours of rain and low clouds. On the final day, the team waited anxiously to get back in the air but was hampered by cloud cover. An hour before the end of the event, the team got into the air for a final jump, which was the best of the event but far from a completion.
While the team did not set a new record, it had much for which the members could be proud. For making only six of the scheduled 16 jumps, they did amazingly well. But alas, any record would have to wait. Before the team disbursed, Godwin announced that Team Ripcord would take another shot at it in 2020.
Jim McCormick | D-12379
Estes Park, Colorado
Author: Jim McCormick
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: December 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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