Tue, Aug 22, 2006
Atty. Says City Owns Land Closed By State DOT
The FAA is investigating complaints
by the city of Creswell, OR that two skydiving companies are
landing jumpers at the local airport -- even though they've been
denied permission to do so.
The city's complaint points to an FAA rule that says deployed
parachutes can't be any lower than 2,000 feet above an active
The Eugene Register-Guardian reports this is the latest in a
year-long dispute between the city and two skydiving companies
operating from the Creswell Airport. At issue: safety and airport
But Wright Brothers Skydiving and Eugene Skydivers say their
contracts and past experience gives them the right to continue
landing jumpers at the airport. They've also used a parcel of land
adjacent to the field.
Complicating the issue is the fact that earlier this year, the
city failed to renew its lease for that drop zone. After that, the
Oregon Department of Transportation posted "No Trespassing" signs
on that land.
Well, attorneys for one of the skydiving companies says it turns
out the state doesn't own that land -- Creswell does. In fact, the
lawyers say Eugene Skydivers' owner Urban Moore should get the key
to the city for discovering the town's lost land.
Moore's lawyers say... if the city is worried about safety, then
the FAA should conduct a safety investigation.
The FAA confirms an investigation is now underway... but a
spokesman refuses to talk about it while until it
is completed, sometime around the middle of next month.
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