APF Operational Regulation Part 9 - Parachuting Limitations: Weather states:
9.1 Cloud and Visibility
Except where Descents are made in accordance with the written specifications of CASA or a delegate of CASA, all Descents must be made in meteorological conditions that:
(a) Permit the Target to be clearly visible throughout the Descent; and
(b) Do not require the Parachutist to enter cloud.
However, rules have been ratified by CASA and are placed here so members can familiarise themselves with APF directions and start to plan their own manual that will be needed to comply with The Standard.
If a DZ wants to be able to conduct cloud jumping operations, they must submit a Cloud Jumping Procedures Manual to the APF.
If approved, an Authorisation & Specification Instrument for approval will be issued by the APF. (maximum 3 years)
CASA Instrument 301/11 Delegation for APF to authorise parachute descents through Cloud
Cloud Jumping Procedures Manual
Text is available from the Downloads section below in a "generic" manual to assist others in preparing their own manual.
Once a submission is COMPLETE, send it to the APF Office electronically c/o the APF Technical Officer, who will then contact you with any recommended changes.
Once the review of the manual has been completed by the Technical Officer, the submission will also be reviewed by both the APF Director of Aircraft & Director of Safety and sometimes the local ASO.
GETTING STARTED!! Download the following publications to start your preparation and contact the Technical Officer, Kim Hardwick at the APF for further clarification and any queries - BEFORE you start. APF Contact Page
CAAP 152-1 including APF Advisory to assist with Cloud Standard compliance (PDF)
CJPM Generic Manual - NEW SEPT 2012 UPDATE!
Hazard Risk Model
Sample Compliance Record
Sample Amendment Record
Sample Parachutist Endorsement Master List
Final Check List (Must be completed to assist in review of the manual)
A service fee of $500 will be charged for first time submissions to contribute to the cost of processing applications, which has proven to be a very time consuming and complex exercise.
At the expiry of an APF Authorisation, a new submission will need to be made. There will be a $250 fee for each new application.
NOTE: An organisation will be invoiced for the Service fee at the completion of the review/approval process. I.e Please do not make any payment upon submitting a manual for review.
The Hazard Model's results are looked at very closely. It is absolutely necessary that you be able to justify the figures that are inputted to the Collision Hazard Risk Model.
That is, you must provide somewhere in the body of your CJPM or as part of the Hazard Model appendix, explanation as to how the data was gathered.
They have accepted for example the counting of all aircraft flying over the DZ in a week and multiplying by 52 could be OK!
There would be other ways to gather this data. Most submissions gather their data from Airservices.
NOTE: PARACHUTING OPERATIONS THAT OPERATE IN TOTALLY CONTROLLED AIRSPACE - DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE HAZARD MODEL. Contact the Technical Officer at the APF for further information.