The people behind the 180-day repack change

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On November 19th, the day the new 180-day repack rule was published in the Federal Register, (making it OFFICIAL!), USPA met with two FAA officials who made it happen. Joining me and Randy Ottinger, USPA’s Director of Government Relations, was Cliff Schmucker, President of the Parachute Industry Association.

PIA President Cliff Schmucker (left) and USPA Executive Director Ed Scott flank FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell while discussing the new 180-day repack rule. Photo by Randy Ottinger.

PIA President Cliff Schmucker (left) and USPA Executive Director Ed Scott flank FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell while discussing the new 180-day repack rule. Photo by Randy Ottinger.

First we met with and thanked Kim Barnette, the FAA man who shepherded the regulation. (His work is not yet done; he’s already working on answering the resulting questions.) Then we met with FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell, and thanked him for signing off on the new rule. (Never receiving confirmation, Sturgell is preparing to exit and make room for an Obama appointee.)

Sturgell took great delight in figuring out that, together, his three guests had logged over 7,600 jumps. We might even be able to get him out to a DZ, once he has more time. Altogether, it was a good day spent at the FAA.

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