Procedures for COVID-19

COVID-19 Re-Opening Update

May 26, 2020
CPI is opening to experienced jumpers and tandems on June 6th.

Read our S.O.P’s below, BEFORE coming to the dropzone.
Additional instructions for experienced jumpers will be included after dropzone-wide procedures.

Tandem students and experienced jumpers:
Before coming to CPI, review the following questions:
  1. Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
  2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  3. Do you now or have you in the last 14 days had any of the following symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, or loss of taste or smell?
  4. Have you traveled out of the country in the last 14 days?
  5. While at home, are you in frequent direct contact with individuals whose health is at high risk if they are exposed to COVID-19?  (This isn’t only about those of us at the DZ.)
  6. Have you been disregarding basic social distancing practices in your daily life, e.g. not wearing a mask in public and not staying at least 6’ away from other individuals when possible? If you haven’t been protecting yourself on a daily basis, you are more likely to have been exposed to the virus even if not showing any symptoms.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any questions, we ask that you do not come to CPI at this time. Medical professionals who answered ‘yes’ to the first question are allowed to visit the dropzone.

When arriving at CPI:

Everyone will be required to enter through our ‘summer side’, which is down the dirt road off Route 83. Before crossing the bridge to the check-in area, you will be met by a staff member who will check your temperature, even if you are not jumping. If you or any members of your group have a temperature over 100 degrees, everyone in your party will be asked to leave.

If you and all members of your group have a temperature under 100 degrees, you will be allowed to continue to the check-in and landing area. Anyone who leaves the dropzone at any time and returns will be required to have their temperature checked again.

In the event, you arrive and there is nobody checking temperatures before the bridge, you must go to manifest where the pre-screen will be done.

Social distancing and personal sanitizing measures
Everyone will be required to wear a face mask or face covering at all times while on the premises. The only time face coverings can be removed is when you are alone, not using any facilities, and not speaking with others.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze do so tightly into your arm.   If you are frequently coughing or sneezing you will be asked to leave the premises.
  • Please maintain a minimum distance of at least six feet from other individuals whenever possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout different areas of the premises.
  • Jumpsuits will NOT be provided during this time. Please dress appropriately for weather. Grass stains on pants are likely.
Please be sure to provide your own supply of protective equipment and sanitation items including face coverings, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray, disinfectant wipes, and drinking water. In doing this you will ensure you will always have everything you need at all times.
Aircraft protocol for tandem students and experienced jumpers
  • Wearing a face covering is required in the plane and loading area at all times.
  • Only speak in the airplane if absolutely necessary. Speaking increases the transmission of COVID-19 particles. Speaking loudly exponentially increases the transmission of COVID-19 particles.
Aircraft sanitizing procedures
In addition to the personal safety measures and aircraft protocols, we are also increasing our sanitizing procedures throughout the day as follows:
  • At the start of the day and during shutdowns, the aircraft operating will be sprayed with FAA and EPA approved disinfectant.
  • At the start of each day the manifest office and other facilities will be cleaned and sanitized.
  • Counter tops, bathrooms, door handles, aircraft handles, seat belts, door frames, aircraft mock-ups and all commonly touched surfaces throughout the facility will be cleaned each morning and frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in several places across the dz.
  • Use common sense social distancing when using the bathrooms.
COVID-19 and Skydiving

Skydiving is a contact sport.  Please understand that with all the precautions and safety measures we have taken it is not possible for us to guarantee you that you won’t be exposed to COVID-19.  By participating in skydiving you accept the risk and assume all responsibility to the exposure and risk of contracting COVID-19.

CPI and all associated individuals cannot guarantee your protection.  If you cannot accept the risk despite all the safety measures we have taken then you should not participate in skydiving activities.
Experienced Jumpers
You are required to have completed Skydive Spaceland's online recurrency module and test before coming to the dropzone, even if you are still current on paper. You must show your test certificate as proof that you have completed the module and received 100% on the test. If this is not done, you will not be allowed to jump.
Additional social distancing measures
  • Self-manifest using the mobile app at when possible
  • While dirt diving please use common sense social distancing measures that everyone in your group is comfortable with.
  • Don’t do practice counts with hand contact, handshakes, high fives or fist bumps. 
  • Debrief skydives outside, not in small enclosed rooms.
  • Please resist taking part in the loving, affectionate physical gestures we normally enjoy including hugs, kisses, high fives, fist bumps, etc.  (Sorry about this one )
  • Sanitize your hands with before and after every jump and prior to making any transactions at manifest.
Additional Aircraft Protocol
  • Full face helmets with the lenses closed are STRONGLY recommended.
  • If you are wearing a full face helmet with the lens down during the ride to altitude you must also have a face covering.  You can lower or remove your face covering after the red light is on just before exiting the plane.
  • If you are wearing a face covering which will not fit under your full face helmet (like the N95) it is ok to secure your helmet to your seatbelt for takeoff. When the red light comes on you can remove your face covering and put on your full face helmet with the lens down.
  • If you are wearing an open faced helmet you must keep the face covering on until the red light comes on.
  • Make sure your chosen face covering is not at risk of migrating in freefall and obstructing your vision, especially with a closed full face helmet.
  • Do not do practice counts, handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, etc. in the plane.