Group rate for 6 Solo HALO slots on a Day 28,000+ ft High Altitude skydive. Each jumper is saving $60.00 or $360.00 for the load. Jumpers will receive a HALO jump briefing and equipment fitting and each jumper will be fitted with or equipped with a HGU 55 helmet w/goggles, MBU/12 oxygen mask, bailout assembly, flight suit, High Altitude Altimeter, and Go pro wrist camera. jumpers will receive a certificate of completion with all the jump information as well as your jump number and a J.S.S.O.G. / Halojumper.com Challenge Coin. This jump is for a group of 6 licensed USPA "B-D" licensed skydivers and licensed European skydivers with equivalent ratings. Parachute rigs must be in date, have an **AAD, and have the reserve chute packed by a U.S. FAA Rigger. Skydiving rigs can be rented from the Drop zone.
NOTICE- Please read the Vigil Service bulletin and FAA reserve packing requirements below, Thank you
Please contact Kevin at Jumpmaster@halojumper.com for additional information and to confirm your jump date availability.
**Please read the TSO Memo and the Vigil service bulletin to confirm your rig is Good To Go... If Not rentals are available in the DZ Manifest at $28.00
With Part 105, the FARs allow non-TSO'd equipment (not FAA-approved) to be jumped in the U.S. Prior to 2001, individual DZOs and event organizers were required to petition the FAA for an exemption that allowed foreigners at those DZs/events to jump non-TSO'd gear. To reduce the burden on those operators (and to reduce its own burden when hosting meets), USPA petitioned the FAA to "permit foreign nationals to jump their own parachute equipment while in the U.S. as long as it is manufactured under the applicable country of origin approval or certificate of use."
The actual language used in the new regulation is below. However, to more fully assess the FAA's intent, it is often helpful to review the preamble to the final rule, that is the discussion area of the final rule that exposes the FAA's thought process as it developed the final rule.
In the preamble, the FAA referenced USPA's petition, and discussed the issue in terms of "foreign parachutists" who "could not use their own equipment, usually manufactured in another country…" Additionally, in the discussion of foreign equipment, the FAA's preamble says, "Only single-harness, dual parachute systems which contain a non-technical standard order (non-TSO) reserve parachute or non-TSO'd harness and container would be allowed to be used in the U.S. by the owner…" (This sentence was intended to clarify that non-TSO'd tandem rigs would not be allowed.) Finally, the preamble says that the FAA, "does not agree that the foreign parachute system should be subject to the U.S. repack cycle (180 days)" but "must meet the requirements of their country."
U.S. citizens and resident aliens must jump TSO'd rigs in the U.S.
A non-U.S. citizen or non-resident alien may jump a non-TSO'd rig if he/she owns the rig and it is approved in his/her country.
If a non-TSO'd parachute is deployed in the U.S., the reserve must be packed in accordance with the foreign country's requirements by an FAA rigger, or any person acceptable to the FAA. The repack cycle that applies is that required by the foreign country.
Of course, a foreign skydiver may also jump a TSO'd rig, but what then? The answer is "he falls under Section 105.43 and is subject to U.S. rules, including the 180-day repack cycle, and reserve packed by an FAA rigger." By what logic? Part 105 says if you are jumping "approved" equipment, you fall under Section 105.43, and if you are jumping "unapproved" equipment, you fall under Section 105.49. Furthermore, he does not meet the definition of "foreign parachutist" if his TSO'd rig was made in the U.S.A. (He would meet the definition if his TSO'd rig were made in his country, but he still would be jumping "approved" equipment, not "unapproved" equipment.)
In summary, if jumping TSO'd equipment, you are under 105.43 and are subject to FAA repack requirements. If jumping non-TSO'd equipment, you are under Section 105.49 and are subject to your country's repack requirements.
About Product Service Bulletin (PSB- 01 2018)
PSB- 01-2018 concerns all Vigils with firmware 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02 that have not been upgraded to a higher firmware version. When a Vigil with firmware 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02 gets above +/- 30,000 ft the Vigil will go into protection mode.
Therefore we decided that Vigils with firmware 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02 are not allowed to go higher than 27,000 ft before they have received an upgrade with newer firmware in our factory. Vigils that do not go higher than 27,000 ft before exit, have no problem, and do not have to take any immediate action.
However to avoid that this PSB- 01-2018 may be forgotten in a few years, for Vigils not going higher than 27,000 ft, we are making an upgrade with new firmware mandatory latest 31st May 2020. This will give the skydivers the possibility to have this upgrade done at one of the next repacks.
Provided you will not take the unit over 27,000 feet the firmware can be installed at the next repack — by Stikkos
Most firmware 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02 will be found in a certain series of Vigil 2+ units, but a lot of these units have already received a new firmware, and so are not concerned. On the other hand, Vigil II units may also have received in the past an upgrade TO 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02. So it is important to check the current firmware in the “Info” menu on the Vigil itself (as described in the PSB- 01-2018).
If people have to send in units that are concerned by this PSB- 01-2018 please use our online RMA webform www.vigil.aero/rma and select PSB- 01-2018 in the “Device Info” “Reason” section. The only cost towards the customer is the shipping towards AAD Belgium or Vigil America. In return, we will give the unit a free full maintenance, free upgrade to Cuatro (only possible for SN > #11.800), and free shipping back to the dealer or customer.
Only Mandatory for High Altitude Jumps
To be clear, this PSB- 01-2018 is mandatory before the next jump, only if you are planning to go higher than 27,000 ft before exiting the plane with a Vigil that has 5.05/ 5.06/ 06.01 or 6.02 **firmware.**
All other Vigils that have one of these firmwares and are not planning to go higher than 27,000ft before exit, have time until 31th May 2020 to have their unit upgraded.
We are very sorry about this unfortunate inconvenience, and hope you understand our concern for skydivers' safety worldwide.
The Bulletin is printed in full below and can be downloaded here.
Issue Date: 19 April 2018
Bulletin Number: PSB- 01-2018
Subject: Firmware Update and High Altitude Jumps
Status: MANDATORY PRIOR TO THE NEXT JUMP WITH
ANY AIRCRAFT ALTITUDE EXCEEDING 27,000 ft MSL
Identification: All Sport VIGIL II & Vigil 2+ with firmware versions 05 .05, 05.06, 06.01, 06.02
***This product service bulletin does not apply to Military Vigils***
Due to an internal calculation algorithm, units with firmware versions 05.05/05.06/06.01/06.02 will enter protected CTRL-ERR mode when the measured pressure is less than 300 hPa. (Approximately 30,000 ft MSL).
VIGIL II & VIGIL 2+ (does not apply to Military Vigils). All Vigil II and 2+ units with firmware versions 05.05/05.06/06.01/06.02 MUST be updated to a new firmware version.
The current firmware version MUST be checked in the info menu during the startup of the Vigil. (See Road Map - Parameter Sequence Flow Chart in the User's Manual).
Compliance is mandatory before any jump during which the aircraft is anticipated to reach, or reaches, any altitude above 27,000 ft MSL. DO NOT MAKE ANY JUMP IF THE AIRCRAFT, AT ANY TIME ON THE FLIGHT, EXCEEDS 27,000 ft MSL WITHOUT HAVING FIRST FULLY COMPLIED WITH THIS PSB.
For all users NOT making, or planning to make, a jump with an exit altitude above 27,000 ft MSL, or planning to make a flight above 27,000 ft MSL, compliance is still mandatory for all affected firmware versions, however compliance may be at the user's convenience during any repack between the date of this PSB and 31 May 2020.
This is to prevent the risk of possible future high altitude use by a new owner or user, without compliance with, or awareness of this service bulletin.
Compliance Procedure and Costs:
Jo Smolders, Managing Director, A.A.D. nv/sa, Bd. A. Reyers, 193, 1030 Brussels - Belgium - Europe
Vigil America, Inc, 1400 Flightline Blvd., Suite C, Deland, FL 32724
Distribution of this Advisory Product Service Bulletin shall include, but is not limited to: