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Published on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things. The satisfaction of a life experience, especially one you can share with friends and family, is far more fulfilling and long-lasting than the happiness that might come from materialistic items. This cultural shift has been increasingly documented in research and news reports, including this recent article in the Chicago Tribune.
Now that we’re in the prime gift-giving season, the gift of a skydive is one of the hottest experience gifts available. Those who make a first skydive usually consider it a life-changing experience and one of the best things they’ve ever done. It’s also the perfect activity to do with a group of friends or family members. Over the past few years, the sport of skydiving has achieved record growth, while also reaching historic safety levels. Last year, the U.S. Parachute Association recorded the lowest number of skydiving fatalities—13—in the U.S. since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago, while also reaching its highest membership totals ever.
Giving the gift of a skydiving experience for the holidays is easy. Simply go to the U.S. Parachute Association website to find a USPA-affiliated skydiving center near you. You can contact the skydiving center directly or via its website to purchase a gift certificate.
Author: USPA Staff
Categories: Homepage, Miscellaneous
Tags: December 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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