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Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Just prior to the start of the winter 2020 meeting of USPA’s board of directors, an anonymous donor presented a gift—a wooden gavel with an engraved stand—to the board in memory of Central Regional Director Gary Peek, D-8884. Peek, who served as a Regional Director for 23 years, passed away unexpectedly in August 2019, just after the summer board meeting. From the time of his first election in 1997, he served on the board as a vocal advocate of the individual skydiver member. The USPA President will use the gavel at every board meeting going forward, including the upcoming September 18-20 meeting in Nashville. The inscription on the base plate reads:
“In honor and memory of Gary Peek
To always serve our membership.”
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: July 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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