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Published on Saturday, June 1, 2019
United Parachute Technologies and Sun Path Products are joining forces to co-sponsor the development, training and sale of the Mutant supine harness, which is geared toward highly experienced canopy pilots. This is the first time the direct competitors have worked together to this extent in the sport market. While UPT has spearheaded the design and development of the system via inventor Vince Reffett and Daniel Blignaut, Sun Path has supported the involvement of its Performance Designs Factory Team athletes in test jumping and implementing training programs for the harness, as well as using it in competition.
Ian Bobo of Flight-1 and the PD Factory Team has played an integral role in fine-tuning the product for competition, as well as the development of the course curriculum for use of the harness. With his help bridging the gap between the two manufacturers, all training courses for qualified Mutant candidates run through Flight-1. Additionally, all PD Factory Team members will begin training on Mutant harnesses for competition and will help market the product to the broader public.
While UPT and Sun Path are direct competitors, both companies are dedicated to the progression of the sport, and the Mutant release shows skydivers what is possible when everyone works together. Jumpers with questions about the harness may email email@example.com.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call, Gear & Industry Spotlight
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.
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