Sunday, December 8, 2019

DZO and Pilot Resources

Jump Pilot E-News Signup

Jump Pilots: Connect with USPA! Sign up to receive information from USPA about jump aircraft operations, including the monthly USPA Professional e-newsletter that is sent to other skydiving professionals such as drop zone operators, USPA rating holders, USPA Safety & Training Advisors and USPA judges. Welcome to the team!


The Front Office

"The Front Office" is a recurring feature in Parachutist that is dedicated to jump pilots and written by professional pilot Chas Hines. Learn about becoming a jump pilot, how aircraft engines work, stalls, spins, weather, density altitude, descents and more.


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

Aircraft Control After Engine Failure on Takeoff

Friday, January 1, 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

Tuesday, December 8, 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

Monday, December 7, 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

Monday, December 8, 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.

DZ Marketing Tools

Drop zones can get positive media coverage by inviting local news outlets to attend DZ events and by providing information about the sport and the drop zone. DZs can tailor these template materials with their own information.

Fact Sheet
Learn To Skydive
Media Advisory
Handling the Media After an Accident