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Published on Sunday, January 31, 2021
The USPA Board of Directors held its fifth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 29-31. For the second time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for USPA members to observe and over 130 USPA members registered to attend the virtual meeting.
Meeting highlights include:
The 2022 USPA National Skydiving and Parachuting Championships was awarded to Skydive Chicago and Skydive Midwest.
The 2022 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships was awarded to Skydive Arizona.
There will be a 4-way FS Beginner class as a test event at 2021 and 2022 USPA National Championships.
It’s now recommended that PRO rating holders use an AAD and RSL.
E-License discussion has been tabled until HQ Staff identifies member interest with the upcoming annual membership survey.
A Sport Promotion sub-committee was established under the umbrella of Membership Services. The purpose “to collaborate on promoting diverse, consistent communications to inspire the general public to experience skydiving, convert them into skydivers, and support them as licensed jumpers with diverse, consistent, relevant communications, promotions, and resources.”
Incident reports save lives and have helped USPA identify unsafe trends and respond quickly with education to raise awareness. Safety and Training Director Ron Bell continues to request Regional Directors for help in educating their region with filing incident reports.
Subcommittee lead by Directors Luke Aikins and Melissa Lowe have developed a comprehensive document with assistance from experts in the field. This document will be added to the SIM as section “6-12 Movement Jumps.”
After 13 years of service for USPA, Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger attended his 26th and final board meeting. Randy was a vital force in fighting for airport access on behalf of drop zone owners and skydivers across the nation and USPA is grateful for Randy’s excellent service.
A full report will appear in the April issue of Parachutist. The board will meet next August 27-29, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio in conjunction with the PIA Symposium.
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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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