The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to allow skydiving at Washington County Regional Airport, but not without reservations.
The commissioners voted to send a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration asking the FAA to reconsider the potential negative economic impact that skydiving could have at the airport. The FAA is forcing the county to allow skydiving or risk losing millions of dollars in grant funding.
The commissioners are concerned that skydiving could discourage economic development and efforts to expand passenger service.
The drop zone for the parachutists is slated for a new Phoenix Color hangar. Once the land for the hangar is rented, the drop zone will cease to exist, according to Airport Manager Carolyn Motz. Another drop zone would have to be designated before skydiving could resume.
County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers said that skydivers who missed their drop zone and landed elsewhere on the airport should be fined.