I just returned from an amazing month in Belize. Now it's on to getting Oceanside up and running. I am meeting with the city and FAA officials next week. There are some local folks causing a lot of problems right now by stirring up the council. It's pretty ridiculous, but as jumpers, we are used to the airport access issues we face. The FAA is firmly on our side and we will have everything ironed out in a week or two. The airport sponsor is behind us also, which is a huge help. Stay tuned. I'll have an update soon on our grand opening.
The city wants me to go through a Conditional Use Permit process. They had contacted the local FAA airport compliance office and recieved word they could make me apply. This involves a public hearing and approval from the planning commission. It also takes 6 months to a year. I have been working with Randy Ottinger at USPA HQ. The FAA office in Washington, DC is over ruling the local opinion and says I don't have to apply for a CUP. There are also a lot of other variables to the plot that are too lengthy to discuss. And yes, don't you love the skydiveoceanside.com SLYRIDE website. We'll get there. The city attorney has no legal issues with it and the risk management dept is OK with all of it. The resistance is coming from the planning dept. They are the ones requiring a CUP. It has to be done in a way that I can operate there for a long time, without the city having a way to evict us. It's right at a year in the works now. I suppose that's right on schedule for most of these airport access issues. I should really know more by the end of the week.