Section 7. Parachute Operations

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  • Section 7. Parachute Operations


    Coordinate any pertinent information prior to and at the end of each parachute jump or series of jumps which begins or ends in your area of jurisdiction with other affected ATC facilities/sectors.

    NOTE: 14 CFR Section 105.15 prescribes the information required from each person requesting authorization or submitting notification for nonemergency parachute jumping activity.


    1. Authorize parachute operations only within airspace designated for the jumping activity.
    2. Separate aircraft, other than those participating in the jump operation, from the airspace authorized for the jumping activity.
    3. Impose, as necessary, any conditions and restrictions which in your judgment would promote the safety of the operation.



    Handle requests to conduct jump operations in or into Class D airspace in which there is a functioning control tower as follows:

    1. Authorize parachute jumping with respect to known or observed traffic.
    2. Issue advisory information to the jump aircraft and to nonparticipating aircraft as necessary for the safe conduct of the jump operation.


    Handle notifications to conduct jump operations in other Class E airspace as follows:

    1. Issue a traffic advisory to the jump aircraft before the jump. Include aircraft type, altitude, and direction of flight of all known traffic which will transit the airspace within which the jump will be conducted.

      NOTE: 14 CFR Section 105.13, Radio Equipment and Use Requirements, prescribes that, except when otherwise authorized by ATC, parachute jumping is not allowed in or into Class E airspace unless radio communications have been established between the aircraft and the FAA ATC facility having jurisdiction over the affected airspace of the first intended exit altitude at least 5 minutes before the jumping activity is to begin for the purpose of receiving information in the aircraft about known air traffic in the vicinity of the jump aircraft.

    2. Issue advisories to all known aircraft which will transit the airspace within which the jump operations will be conducted. Advisories must consist of the location, time, duration, and altitude from which the jump will be made.
    3. When time or numbers of aircraft make individual transmissions impractical, advisories to nonparticipating aircraft may be broadcast on appropriate control frequencies, or when available, the ATIS broadcast.
    4. When requested by the pilot and to the extent possible, assist nonparticipating aircraft to avoid the airspace within which the jump will be conducted.
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