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Skydive Finger Lakes has not been jumping this season at the Ovid Airport in Ovid, N.Y. and will not be jumping there in the future, their lease has expired.

There may be skydiving at the Ovid Airport with a different operator some time in the future.

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The  folks  who  had  been "operators"  of  the  DZ  are  no  longer in  the  picture .
However  LONG  Time  airport  OWNER  and  Original   DZO   John  King,  Still  owns  the  place,  Still  calls  the  shots,  Still  has  a  dedicated  following  of  certain  staff  members  and  Fun  Jumpers.  The  airport  has  always  Been  and  Still  IS  a  DZ..
  J.King simply stayed  busy  with  Other  things,   and  "subbed  Out"  the  Running  of  the  skydiving  part to  others...  
   Word  through  the  grapevine    IS  of  the  Likelihood  that  a  C206    will  soon  offer  the  opportunity  once  again ,   for  jumpers  to  Enjoy  the  Great  views  and  Good  Vibes  of  a  Skydiving  Venue  with 40+   years  of  Parachuting   History.  
So  No  worries,  wmw999      jimmytavino  in  Rochester.  :-)  

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I found the following posted on Skydive Finger Lakes Facebook, link below.
The legal dispute with the owner of the Ovid Airport is over.  The judge ruled in favor of the Airport owner and against the owners of Skydive Finger Lakes.  Their statement "Our legal team is still confident that we will prevail in the end;"  is misleading since the ruling has already been made against them.  
 
Announcement! We are temporarily closed for the 2022 season.
As you may know already, we're currently engaged in a legal dispute against the owner of the Ovid Airport. For long months we were under instructions to operate like normal and expect to open any day, but that any day has dragged on for what feels like forever. Our legal team is still confident that we will prevail in the end; however, it's late enough in the season that we can't realistically start jumping this year.
Continuing the life and culture of this historic DZ is incredibly important to Jeff and I; we want nothing more than to keep skydiving alive at the Ovid Airport for all of our amazing tandem and AFF students. Unfortunately, we have simply been left with no good choices in this situation.
I apologize for not posting this update to Facebook sooner- between ADHD and these very trying times, my best is not cutting it. All of our current appointments were notified and canceled two weeks ago, as well as their deposits refunded to their place of origin. Gift certificates are valid for an additional 3 years past the printed date, and we can't wait to go above and beyond for our incredibly patient gift certificate holders and tandem students in 2023!
 
 
 
 

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Sounds like people with gift certificates should be looking to get their $$ back especially because the Skydive Finger Lakes operation (if it can be called an operation) has no right or ability to use the Ovid Airport either now or in the future.  As evidence of that, there are actually jump loads flying today from the Ovid Airport that have nothing to do with the Skydive Finger Lakes operation.  Saying that “it’s too late in the season to start jumping” must be code for “we no longer have a place to operate.”

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21 hours ago, Bigfalls said:
The judge ruled in favor of the Airport owner and against the owners of Skydive Finger Lakes.  Their statement "Our legal team is still confident that we will prevail in the end;"  is misleading since the ruling has already been made against them.  
 
 
 
 

probably talking about the appeal process.  the ruling is not the end of the case, unless it's a ruling by scotus.  they can have from 2 to 4 appeals, depending on the court they started in.

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It’s a Commercial Claim in State Supreme Court.  Any appeal would be in the NY State Courts (not the SCOTUS) as there is no federal question at issue.  And the decision was pretty straightforward and clear cut.  As of this date (and indeed since the date the judge declined to issue an initial TRO in early June) they don’t  have access to or use of the Ovid Airport for their operations.  But they continued to take deposits for jumps even though they knew they couldn’t honor the bookings.

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