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About Government Relations

Oversight of skydiving involves multiple entities, most notably including the USPA, and the FAA.

The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration is to provide the safest, most efficient aviation system in the world. They regulate aspects of skydiving and rely on the self-regulation of the participants through the guidelines and recommendations published by USPA. The FAA's main responsibility is to provide for the safety of air traffic, as well as persons and property on the ground. The FAA does this by certificating pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and parachute riggers and by requiring approval data for aircraft and parachutes. The agency has the authority to impose fines and suspend or revoke certificates it has issued. In the case of a skydiving violation, the FAA can fine the pilot, rigger, jumpers, as well as suspend or revoke the certificates of pilots and riggers.

The FAA and USPA rely on self-regulation from within the skydiving community for most training and operational requirements.


Government Relations

The Government Relations Department at USPA Headquarters addresses member and group member questions regarding aircraft, airport access, the FAA, legislative issues, TSA, or security issues.

 (540) 604-9740 ext. 3320
 govrelations@uspa.org

USPA In Action

One-third of USPA's mission directly involves Government Relations, namely to ensure skydiving’s rightful place on airports and in the airspace system, which includes protecting the sport and the industry. Often, USPA In Action involves prevention of harmful action. Here is a sample of the wins USPA has for skydiving!

Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado

Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Orange Skies Free Fall Center launched its opening weekend at Fort Morgan Municipal Airport in Colorado April 20-21. The inaugural weekend drew 150 skydivers for jumps from Maxim Aviation’s fast Supervan 900 (Cessna 208 Caravan). The DZ plans to be open Thursday-Monday throughout the summer and fall.

The new DZ reopened after closing at its previous location in Fort Collins. USPA assisted Orange Skies throughout the process of accessing the municipal airport, which offers a large landing area surrounded by farmland, and many local businesses have welcomed the DZ to the new location.

Photo by Emilio Dusch.

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