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Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2020
For decades, USPA has provided members with third-party liability insurance. Most skydivers and DZOs recognize USPA’s member insurance as a major benefit, whether jumping at a drop zone or making an exhibition jump. As a member, if you’re jumping at an established DZ, you’re automatically covered as long as you abide by USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements and the Federal Aviation Regulations. If you are making an exhibition jump, you need to contact USPA’s insurance agent, complete a demo jump application, select the level of coverage and pay an additional premium.
Career insurance professional Susan Amey developed our member insurance products in 2007. Effective December 1, 2019, Amey and her new employer, the Kimmel Aviation Insurance Agency Inc. (owned by USPA member Frank Kimmel, D-14237) began providing the USPA demo and individual membership insurance policies. The same underwriter provides the coverage, and it is identical in all respects to the previous coverage: same levels of coverage, same premiums. USPA made the change to ensure that members continue to receive professional advice from a partner who has served the association well for many years.
Demo jumpers can access and submit the new Demonstration Jump Insurance Application at uspa.org or through the insurance agency’s website. The contact information is:
Kimmel Aviation Insurance Agency Inc.
442 Airport Road,
Greenwood, MS 38930
Fax: (662) 455-1611
Susan Amey: (301) 526-3282
Tina Thornburg: (662) 455-3003
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Five Minute Call
Tags: January 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.
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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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