UPT service bulletin #20121106 – Reserve Staging Loop

vectorUPT has released a new service bulletin regarding “Reserve Staging Loop” with a support washer.
If you are not a rigger, this probably sounds like a bit of latin to you – but your rigger will know exactly what to do.

Compliance status is mandatory – at next scheduled inspection/repack cycle.

You can view or download the full bulletin from the UPT website here.

Sky Systems – slide snap system

Our buddies across the street (well, sort of… a couple of turns down the road) at Sky Systems USA recently came out with a new way for all you full-face wearing peeps to better secure the helmet to your noggin. Back in the day when the author of this post did some rockin 4-way with team Baby Blue, one of the most-promising-teams-that-never-went-anywhere, properly securing that damn Velcro strap was a pain. So this new snap system is a good thing. Will Baby Blue ever pick up and do more 4-way? Probably not, but aahhhh, the memories :)

Here is what I think….

Skydivers as a bunch, tend to have strong opinions – especially when it comes to gear. No wonder really, as gear is a pretty important component to the whole skydiving experience. Most jumpers are also pretty happy to share their feelings and opinion when asked – and sometimes even when not asked.
Because it’s barely summer yet, we know of a lot of skydivers suffering from PUOPS (Pent Up Opinion Syndrome).

Symptoms may include (but not limited to):
✈ telling your whuffo friends all about why you will never jump neon colored canopies
✈ telling your whuffo friends exactly why you should jump neon colored canopies
✈ calling your jumping friends to discuss the best digital altimeter
✈ finding yourself logging on to dropzone.com asking “should I buy a Pilot or a Spectre?”

And this is just to name a few. ChutingStar gear specialists are offering an experimental treatment meant to treat PUOP through their website. Simply click your way over there, log in (or create an account if you haven’t already), select the desired product, summon your gear knowledge and proceed leave a helpful review for the masses. Please keep in mind that this treatment IS experimental. Side effects may include dizzying happiness, strong urge to go jump or desire to buy new gear. Enter at your own risk, and then make sure to share the link to your review so that all jumpers may enjoy. Happy reviewing!

Canopy Inspection Video

Trunk inspecting... something.

PD put this video together to celebrate Safety Day 2011 and kids over there were kind enough to share. After watching the video, you should be able to give your main canopy a good once-over to make sure everything is ready to go for the season.
If anything looks off, ask your rigger or call up the manufacturer with any questions you might have. Or, just do like most skydiver and go “meh, yeah, it’s fine, I’d jump that, I’ve seen worse”. Oh and if you are going to be a bonehead and jump sketchy gear, by all means make sure to have your Rockin Memorial all planned out and good to go.

And yes, the methods shown here can be used on non-PD canopies as well. Anything made out of nylon really, including your tent and sleeping bag – and seriously, you’ll want to inspect those things before hitting up the next boogie, just in case any contamination from last year escaped cleanup at the end of the season.

Enjoy watching, and boy, that PD kid sure can move fast!

PD announces price increase!

Thinking about buying a PD canopy?

Well, better grab your secret stash of cash and call your favorite gear dealer ASAP, because prices are going up. How much? We don’t know, but since PD doesn’t do this too often, we imagine you will be out anywhere from a couple to a few jump tickets if you wait. This goes into effect on April 4th, but PD will honor the old price for all orders received before the clock strikes midnight on April 3rd.

Oh and that’s Florida time midnight – not just any midnight of your choosing.