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Businessman challenging city on parachuting rights

That is discriminatory. You can't accept federal funding for an airport, then deny access to an approved aeronautic activity. That would be like telling a regional airline it can't use the public airport and it needs to create it's own private airstrip. You can put reasonable restrictions on the activity, like not landing a parachute on a runway (nobody wants to), or don't fly a parachute canopy over an active runway if you are less than 1000' above ground level. You cannot say it isn't allowed because of a one in a billion chance a skydiver would crash into a medical helicopter while the rotors are spinning up so it could fly to save nuns in a schoolbus crash.

November 18, 2011 at 8:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Businessman challenging city on parachuting rights

The airport does not 'close' during skydiving operations. A typical freefall skydive lasts 60 seconds, followed by a 5 minute canopy ride to the ground. The skydiving pilot will not release jumpers if there are planes in the area, so you are basically concerned about the 5 minute canopy ride interfering with aircraft. It is true that the parachute has the right of way over helicopters and fixed wing aircraft because it is less maneuverable, but it must share the airspace and in no way is the airport 'closed down'.

November 18, 2011 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: UPDATE: Kasold to be fully open by Wed.; Budding business hopes to teach people how to live green; new master plan includes millions for Lawrence airport; parachutists vs. pilots

I was going to jump on the bandwagon to comment on how the City of Lawrence and the Airport would benefit financially by allowing skydiving operations at the airport, but if you have read this far in the thread and still think it is a bad idea, you aren't interested in factual information. I am a pilot and a skydiver. The activities go together well especially at a small uncontrolled airport. As a group, skydivers and pilots are extremely safety conscience and show each other mutual respect. A skydiving operation brings in much needed cash to the local economy, and as it has been mentioned already, the airport or FBO definitely benefits. The best comment I've read so far is, "Learn to share the airspace Ron. It will provide you with a far better facility in the long run." I couldn't have said it better myself.

November 18, 2011 at 7:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )