As readers already know, Billy and Joseph Richard of Blue Sky Entertainment are keen on opening up a second jump operation at the DeLand Municipal Airport, where Skydive DeLand has operated for nearly 30 years.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the City of DeLand has ordered a safety inspection to take place, in order to determine weather the airport can safely handle having multiple dropzones operating out of the airport (full article here).
In order to promote fair competition, Federal rules are in place stating that a city can not give exclusive rights to an aeronautical entity. However, cities may deny operation permits based on safety (both that of skydivers and other users of the airport). The city attorney expects to have the safety evaluation done within the next 60 days.
This is naturally a pretty heated topic for local jumpers in and around DeLand. Many seem to think that Blue Sky Entertainment’s decision to move into DeLand is based on personal vendetta stemming from an estranged business relationship rather than a desire to run a successful skydiving operation.
We will continue to watch for developments and bring updates to you through this blog and the magazine.