U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Air Traffic Organization Policy

ORDER
JO 7210.3X
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
 
     
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       Includes:  Errata effective 2/9/12, Change 1 effective 7/26/12, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, and Change 3 effective 8/22/13
 

Section 4. Parachute Jump Operations

18-4-1. NONEMERGENCY PARACHUTE JUMP OPERATIONS

a. All concerned personnel must familiarize themselves with 14 CFR Part 105, and obtain the required information required by Section 105.25 when processing requests for authorization or notification of nonemergency parachute jumps.

b. When operational/procedural needs require or when warranted by high density air traffic or constrained airspace, negotiate letters of agreement that designate areas of ongoing jump activity as permanent jump sites. Letters of agreement should contain:

1. The description and the location of the jump zone(s) and the conditions of use.

2. The activity schedules.

3. The maximum jump altitudes, common jump altitudes and common parachute opening altitudes (all altitudes should be expressed in feet above mean seal level).

4. The communication frequencies to be used by the jump aircraft.

5. Jump aircraft call signs.

6. Jump aircraft climb and descent areas.

7. Notification procedures.

8. Assigned transponder code when appropriate.

9. Any other items pertinent to the needs of the ATC system and the users.

c. Where ongoing jump sites are established, NOTAM information must be submitted for publication in the AFD.

d. To the extent possible, advise parachute jumping organizations or responsible individuals of known high traffic density areas or other airspace where sport parachuting may adversely impact system efficiency, such as IFR departure/arrival routes, Federal airways, VFR flyways, military training routes, etc.

e. A record of the jump operations must be maintained in the facility files for 15 days. The records must contain at least a copy of the NOTAM, reason(s) for cancellation (if applicable), name of the person(s) effecting coordination, and instructions or conditions imposed on the jump operation.

f. Upon request, air traffic facilities must furnish whatever information might be available concerning parachute jumps to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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