Jump Pilots: Ensure Your DZ Files Their ATC Notification
As the skydiving season starts up, jump pilots can help their DZ owner/operator comply with a notification requirement in the federal aviation regulations. FAR Part 105 requires advanced notification to air traffic control prior to jumping in Class E and G airspace (where most skydiving occurs) and provides two ways to do it. Section 105.25(a)(3) allows a phone call to the relevant ATC facility at least one hour and 24 hours prior to the start of jumping. Section 105.25(c) allows a written notification to ATC covering a 12-month period, which obviously alleviates the need for the daily phone call. Section 105.15 describes the information desired by ATC in the notification; most of it has to do with the location and altitude of the jumps but it also solicits the name and contact information for the person
filing the notification.
If skydiving is to occur in any portion of Class A, B, C, or D airspace, Section 105.25(a)(2) requires an ATC authorization. ATC wants the same information specified in Section 105.15, which can also be phoned- in, prior to issuing an ATC authorization. Note that an ATC authorization is distinctly different than a Certificate of Authorization that is issued by an FAA Flight Standards District Office for jumps made over or into a congested areas or assembly of persons, covered in Section 105.21. Also different is the rare FAA Letter of Authorization which spells-out operating procedures jointly worked out between the FAA and a DZ that operates in complex or busy airspace.