"In the United States today, there are over
300 active skydiving centers and clubs. Throughout the US, these "drop
zones" operate over 500 skydiving aircraft, referred to as jump planes.
The Cessna 182 is the most common jump plane in use, so we will focus on
this particular aircraft throughout the pamphlet.
Obviously, trained jump pilots are in high demand to help keep these
aircraft flying. Although it is a rewarding and challenging opportunity,
flying skydivers is unusually demanding on the pilot. Having actual
skydiving experience can be helpful, but is not necessary. Training and
preparation, however, are vital.
To help maintain high safety standard, the FAA and the US Parachute
Association have collaborated to create this pamphlet and a video entitled
Flying for Skydive Operations. The intent of this pamphlet is to describe
specific flight operations and safety considerations that are needed when
"This manual fully recognizes and appreciates
that skydivers and their aircraft must share the airspace and often
airports with others in aviation. It facilitates that sharing by
standardizing skydiving aircraft operations, which in turn enhances trust
and confidence in skydiving by other aeronautical users. Locally developed
additions and supplements to this document are encouraged."
"This sample syllabus should be incorporated
into your pilot training, but your training program should not be limited
solely to this list. Aircraft operators should implement effective initial
and recurrent training and examination programs that will address, at
minimum, operation- and aircraft-specific weight-and-balance calculations,
preflight inspections, emergency procedures and parachutist egress
procedures. The aircraft-specific subject of fuel management must also be
stressed. Add topics and questions relevant to your operation as