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Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
July 17-18, Air Sports Group and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted the inaugural Swoop Freestyle International Open in downtown Jeddah. The first professional skydiving event in the kingdom featured 18 competitors from 15 countries. The world’s best swoop freestyle athletes performed new tricks and next-level combinations as they battled it out in a neck-and-neck race for the podium.
Ultimately, Pablo Hernandez of Spain took first place by delivering the most adrenaline-fueled performance. Franco Darman of Argentina took second, while Jeannie Bartholomew of the U.S. finished third. “Making the podium this year was one of my biggest goals, as swoop freestyle is my favorite event,” Bartholomew said. “It was an honor to compete and make the podium in a male-dominated discipline and in such a beautiful country. I am excited to keep pushing the sport and getting more women involved and competing in canopy piloting.”
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: October 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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