Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gallery - Jump Pilot Sig Wilson Marquette MI Circa 1930s

A super cool photo of pilot Sig Wilson and #parachutist Marquette MI circa 1930 #avgeek #oldschoolskydiving #pilot

A photo posted by Chris Rosenfelt (@jumppilot) on

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review - AIM 3-5-4 Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations

A good Jump Pilot is always reviewing and never gets complacent. I've flown at drop zones that are located at public airports and at some that are located at private airports. Although there may be less air traffic at private airports, that does not mean that there isn't any. At private airport DZs I always had more enroute aircraft nearby, most of which are not talking to ATC. Always look and listen for any traffic that might be in the area. When you do see or hear any traffic, expect them to not pay attention and to make a mistake. The day that you don't expect them to make a mistake, they will!

It is also a good idea to inform FBOs at nearby airports with a phone call or visit that you are conducting skydiving operations, your location and your normal operating hours. Anytime that I have done this it was much appreciated and even led to a few tandems being sold. Now let's review AIM Chapter 3, Section 5, Paragraph 4, Sub-Chapter C.

3−5−4. Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations

c. Parachute operations in the vicinity of an airport without an operating control tower − there is no substitute for alertness while in the vicinity of an airport. It is essential that pilots conducting parachute operations be alert, look for other traffic, and exchange traffic information as recommended in paragraph 4−1−9, 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.

My fellow Jump Pilots, please remember to review often and fly safe so that you can continue to have fun!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Review (with video) - Less Altitude, Less Options

In the video below a fellow Jump Pilot on short final correctly executes a go-around after a skydiver lands on the runway. Humans landing right in front of us while we're on short final is not something that they teach us pilots at flight schools.

Based on the windsock that you can see in the video it is obvious that the pilot had a strong wind coming from his left. That same strong wind is one reason why the skydiver landed near his runway and is also why that skydiver might have been dragged onto the runway after he landed.

This video should serve as a reminder to us Jump Pilots to:

  • Always scan the skies for aircraft and skydivers, especially while on short final (Less altitude, less options).
  • Always try to leave yourself an out.
  • Do not feel pressured to land the aircraft if you're not comfortable with the landing environment.

My fellow Jump Pilots, please remember to review often and fly safe so that you can continue to have fun!