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Parachute Jump Aircraft Area

Introduction:

  • Details contained in 14 CFR Part 105
  • Tabulated in the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD)
    • Times of operation are local, and MSL altitudes are listed unless otherwise specified
  • Pilots of aircraft engaged in parachute jump operations are reminded that all reported altitudes must be with reference to mean sea level, or flight level, as appropriate, to enable ATC to provide meaningful traffic information

Operations:

  • There is no substitute for alertness while in the vicinity of a jump location, monitor the CTAF and keep your scan
    • It is essential that pilots conducting parachute operations be alert, look for other traffic, and exchange traffic information as recommended by Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports Without Operating Control Towers
    • In addition, pilots should avoid releasing parachutes while in an airport traffic pattern when there are other aircraft in that pattern
    • Pilots should make appropriate broadcasts on the designated Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF), and monitor that CTAF until all parachute activity has terminated or the aircraft has left the area
    • Prior to commencing a jump operation, the pilot should broadcast the aircraft's altitude and position in relation to the airport, the approximate relative time when the jump will commence and terminate, and listen to the position reports of other aircraft in the area

Conclusion:

  • No person may make a parachute jump, and no pilot-in-command may allow a parachute jump to be made from that aircraft, in or into Class A, Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace without, or in violation of, the terms of an ATC authorization issued by the ATC facility having jurisdiction over the airspace (See 14 CFR Part 105)

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