Parachute Procedures


Skydive St Andrews operates from Fife Airport on the following days:Parachuting

  • Friday: 1700-2100 (local)
  • Saturday: 0900-2100 (local)
  • Sunday/Bank Holidays: 0900-2030 (local)

NOTAM will be issued whenever parachuting operations are taking place

All radio calls from drop aircraft and drop controllers will be on the Fife Radio Frequency of 130.455 MHz


The airfield has 3 skydive operational statuses:

  • COLD - No skydiving operations
  • ACTIVE - Skydiving operations are happening that day but no drop is currently taking place
  • LIVE - A drop aircraft is moving in to the overhead and will imminently be dropping skydivers

The status of Parachute Operations can be checked when calling for PPR or by way of a notice board at the airfield


When the Skydive Status is LIVE (i.e. from the time the drop aircraft calls “running in” until all skydivers are on the ground, clear of the runway and the Drop Zone has been declared open again):

  • No aircraft will be permitted in the air inside the Drop Zone
  • No aircraft will be permitted to enter the Drop Zone
  • Rotors and propellers can only operate east of holding point C

The typical total time for the LIVE Status is around 5-6 minutes

Emergency traffic will take priority and all drops will, where possible, be stopped


Please note: All pilots still remain responsible for their own separation, good airmanship and safety at all times. This will take effort from all airfield users to make it work and your commitment to adopting these procedures would be greatly appreciated


To assist safe operations at the airfield we have devised a hand-over radio procedure to facilitate the smooth closing of the Drop Zone during live para-dropping periods and re-opening afterwards: Radio Call Handover Sequence

Any questions should be directed to the Operations Staff at Fife Airport, or call 0800 090 3787 for advice

 Tayside Aviation




SkyDive St.Andrews


Fife Airport