There is a new skydiving operation near Casa Grande Airport. Click the image below to view the current drop zone and recommended pilot procedures.
At our December 2006 meeting, the manager of the skydiving operation agreed to investigate alternative drop zone locations south of Casa Grande Airport. The group agreed that this would alleviate much of the collision hazard that currently exists with aircraft transitioning between Casa Grande and Phoenix.
FAA Skydiving and Parachute Operations Video – Low Resolution (7.2 MB), WMV format.
FAA Skydiving and Parachute Operations Video – Med Resolution (44.4 MB), WMV format.
The AFTW is concerned about the mid-air collision hazard that exists at Casa Grande Airport and the area around the Stanfield VORTAC (TFD). There is a large number of students practicing instrument approaches to Casa Grande, as well as VFR and IFR traffic transitioning between southern Arizona and the Phoenix area. The AFTW has taken the initiative to develop and distribute standardized procedures to increase safety and reduce the chance of an accident or incident in the Casa Grande/Stanfield area. We ask that all pilots adhere to these standardized procedures. Please contact the AFTW with questions or concerns.
An FAA letter to airmen in 2012 states that it is best to use UNICOM as the primary frequency when on any published part of the approach, including the hold.