posted: 19:28 05/23 '11
last modified: 19:31 05/23 '11
Anybody that wants to put up with the incompetent dumbasses in charge of the Hastings Airport can now open a skydiving operation there without having to worry about them blathering on about a "required million dollar liability insurance policy".
Although, according to Chief Airport Boob Mark Noteboom, a policy such as this is easily attainable, in fact, he spent about fifteen minutes on the phone and found someplace that would underwrite a policy! (guess the USPA, FAA, and the United States Court System can all learn a thing or two from Mark...)
Maybe the City of Sacramento can give Mark a call and use him on their legal team for the appeal.
Skydive Sacramento Wins FAA Part 16 Determination
On May 4, the FAA issued its Director's Determination in the Part 16 formal complaint submitted by Skydive Sacramento and supported in part by the USPA Airport Access Defense Fund. The determination addressed several specific complaints by Skydive Sacramento. On the most important complaint--that an airport cannot impose a requirement that is "unattainable"--the FAA agreed with the DZ and USPA. This is a major, positive development for skydiving, because it means that federally obligated airports may no longer require operational liability insurance for skydiving, which is not available and therefore unattainable. Those insurance requirements by airports will no longer prevent new DZs from opening on such airports.
Skydive Sacramento had been trying to access the Lincoln, California, Regional Airport since June 2007--and has been leasing a hangar since August 2008--but had not gained approval for skydivers to land on the airport because of the insurance requirement in question. USPA staff members had been looking for the right airport access issue to test the FAA's "attainable" language and were convinced they had found it with the Skydive Sacramento case. The USPA Board of Directors agreed and, at its February 2010 meeting, voted to support Skydive Sacramento's Part 16 complaint with an allocation from the USPA Airport Access Defense Fund, which ultimately totaled $9,000.
The FAA determined that the unattainable insurance provision constituted an unreasonable denial of access and gave the airport 30 days to submit a corrective action plan that would allow Skydive Sacramento airport access for its drop zone.