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    Aircraft Modifications

    Jump plane modifications that are not specifically described in the Aircraft Flight Manual must be accomplished by FAA issuance of either a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) or a Field Approval. For $100 ($200 for non-members), USPA sells STCs for jump conversions of original and early model Cessna 170, 172, 180, and 182 aircraft. These STCs accommodate the removal of the door, not an in-flight door. E-mail the Government Relations department at govrelations@uspa.org or call (540) 604-9740.

    USPA In Action

    USPA Call to Action: Oppose ATC Privatization (Updated 10-3)

    USPA Call to Action: Oppose ATC Privatization (Updated 10-3)

    USPA In Action
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    THIS MAY BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE SKYDIVING FROM DIRE CONSEQUENCES

    The proponents of the bad idea of stripping air traffic control from the FAA, and handing it to a new private corporation are planning to have the House vote on their bill--HR 2997--next week. All of the general aviation (GA) groups, including USPA, are opposed. If you have not called your Congressional Representative and secured their "no" vote on HR 2997, please do so now!

     

    1. Dial toll-free: 833-GAVOICE (833-428-6423), weekdays from 9-5 Eastern.
    2. You will be asked to input your zip code then transferred to your Representative's office.
    3. Say: "I am opposed to ATC privatization, and my Representative should vote 'no' on HR 2997."

     

    If you do not call, and HR 2997 passes Congress and is signed into law, here is what could happen:

    The airlines and large airports will gain control of the new ATC board, outweighing GA and skydiving interests.

    FAA's current "first come, first served" ATC policy will be eliminated, degrading service to skydive operators.

    Decisions affecting airspace and ATC procedures will favor airline efficiency and penalize skydiving operational and airspace needs.

    Drop Zones could lose airspace.

    Skydive operators will incur higher costs due to increased flight times; jump ticket costs will increase.

    For more information, go to www.atcnotforsale.com.

    Please call! The future of skydiving, and all of GA, is at stake!

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    FAA Regulations and Guidance

    Review applicable regulations for conducting parachute operations, see historical and current FAA guidance and read about airport access. Also available are FAA Advisory Circulars “Recommended Standard Traffic Patterns and Practices for Aeronautical Operations at Airports without Operating Control Towers” and “Sport Parachuting,” along with the FAA regulatory requirements for ATC Notification and Authorization and FAA inspector guidance for DZs.

    DZO & Pilot Resources

    USPA and NTSB Educational Links

    Friday, January 28, 2022

    As a potential aviation safety improvement, USPA and the NTSB have collaborated to provide the educational links below to help jump pilots and operators improve the safety of jump flights.

    1. FAA Safety – Flying for Jump Operations
    2. Back to Basics Flying for Skydiving Operations – YouTube
    3. NTSB Safety Alert on Carburetor Icing

    NTSB Recommendations: Enhance Safety of Revenue Passenger-Carrying Operations Conducted Under Title 14

    Monday, September 27, 2021

    This is a synopsis from the NTSB’s report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause, and safety recommendations. NTSB staff is currently making final revisions to the report from which the attached conclusions and safety recommendations have been extracted. The final report and pertinent safety recommendation letters will be distributed to recommendation recipients as soon as possible. The attached information is subject to further review and editing to reflect changes adopted during the Board meeting.

    Aircraft Control After Engine Failure on Takeoff

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    Studies have shown that startle responses during unexpected situations such as power‐plant failure during takeoff or initial climb have contributed to loss of control of aircraft. By including an appropriate plan of action in a departure briefing for a power‐plant failure during takeoff or initial climb, you can manage your startle response and maintain aircraft control.

    USPA Aircraft Maintenance Guidance

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    USPA has developed a packet that has been mailed to all Group Member DZ operators that helps clarify the federal aviation regulations as they apply to operators of jump aircraft. The USPA Group Member pledge also includes new provisions clarifying FAA aircraft inspection requirements and jump pilot qualifications. Following are the packet contents:

    Cover Letter
    Maintenance Narrative and Sample
    Aircraft Status Form

    Aircraft Operations And Pilot Training

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    The USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual was designed to provide DZOs and their pilots with a guide to procedures and practices that supplement FAA regulatory requirements. The newly revised 2011 USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual is now available for download.

    The Jump Pilot Training Syllabus serves as an outline for topics that should be covered during initial and recurrent jump pilot training. Aircraft operators are encouraged to tailor this Word document to their needs. Sections may be added to address pilot training in specific skydiving aircraft. The syllabus was created by Chris Schindler, whose website DiverDriver, is “the jump pilot’s information resource.”

    The Flight Operations Handbook, originally by Ray Ferrell, is an in-depth template to be used to cover a variety of topics related to aircraft procedures and pilot training for skydiving operations. It includes sections on several popular skydiving aircraft, and pilot flight competency and proficiency checks. This Word document may also be edited to suit company needs.

    USPA Skydiving Aircraft Operations Manual
    Jump Pilot Training Syllabus
    Flight Operations Handbook

    Formation Flying 101: A Guide For Jump Pilots

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    One word summarizes the basis for successfully flying aircraft formations: planning. Whether you’re flying two Cessna 182s or a 12-aircraft formation for a world record, the same rules apply.

    Planning. Planning. Planning.

    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.

    USPA AAD Fund Supports Part 16 Win

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    During its recent meeting in Dallas, the USPA Board of Directors voted to support a major airport-access win for skydiving by Luther Kurtz, DZO of the Phoenix Skydive Center in Casa Grande, Arizona, under Part 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Kurtz will receive a $24,156.76 as a reimbursement for a share of his legal expenses through the Airport Access and Defense Fund. Details about the case are available in the article “DZO Wins Part 16 Appeal” on page 16 in the February issue of Parachutist.

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