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NEWS RELEASE: Aug 29, 2014

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Six-Month Milestone Marking the Return of Skydiving at the Creswell Airport Reached

CRESWELL, Ore.

The six-month milestone marking the return of skydiving onto the Creswell Airport was reached over the weekend of August 22-24. Urban Moore (owner of Eugene Skydivers) and the City of Creswell agreed to an out-of-court settlement in January of this year. The agreement quickly brought an end to a prolonged legal battle between the two sides, which flared up in August 2006, and paved the way for skydivers to resume landing on a strip of land adjacent to the Creswell Airport on February 22.

With the settlement in place, a constructive relationship developed between Moore and the City of Creswell. "I've been pleased, overall, with several people in city government for working in good faith to keep the city in compliance with the agreement," states Moore. "2014 has been a relatively hassle free year." The newly forged relationship appears reciprocal. Mayor Dave Stram declined to comment directly on the six-month milestone; however, he did congratulate Moore on this achievement, which is a stark contrast to the acrimony of past administrations.

Besides illustrating an improved relationship, the six-month milestone shows an increased ability for Eugene Skydivers to better serve its customers and to provide an enhanced skydiving experience for its students and spectators. "The sport of skydiving is a convivial activity, particularly for students," Moore continues. "Students jumping with us now can bring a cheering section along to watch them exit the plane and land across the runway from our hangar."

To celebrate the milestone Moore and his crew spent the weekend training students for their first skydive, while the experienced skydivers either preformed routine fun jumps or practiced for an exhibition skydive into Cresfest – a local celebration held on private property. "We put jumpers into Cresfest every year, but this year it seems more electric since we have more experienced jumpers showing up to skydive or to practice their demo jumps here at the airport," states long time parachute packer April Dummert. The general consensus among the skydiving community is that landing on the airport during the last six months has added a social dynamic that's been missing for eight years.

PARACHUTIST ARTICLE: Canopies Over Creswell — May, 2014

Eugene Skydivers Prevails In Long-Running Access Battle

by Ronn Crow

Eugene Skydivers regained the right to land at the Creswell Airport in Oregon after city administrators decided to settle the long-running dispute. The agreement between Drop Zone Operator Urban Moore and the City of Creswell marked the end of a bruising eight-year legal battle. Local skydivers celebrated the victory on February 22 by skydiving into the Creswell Hobby Field. This singular event marked the first time since 2006 that skydivers have been allowed to land on city property adjacent to the airport. "It's great to see canopies over Creswell," reflected longtime packer April Dummert. The story of Eugene Skydivers reads like classic literature, reminiscent of the vicissitudes of Ben Hur or Jean Valjean of "Les Miserables." From humble beginnings, Urban Moore started Eugene Skydivers in February 1992; the fledgling business was born with a rented airplane, borrowed gear and lots of uncertainty. A mere handful of years later, the drop zone ballooned to include three Cessna 182s, a Cessna Caravan on weekends and a steady stream of eager customers. His successes involved developing new skydivers, sponsoring boogies, hosting a state skydiving record and having a permanent stable of packers, videographers and riggers to serve a burgeoning client base. Things were going very well despite minor tension with the city and airport officials.

In 2006, everything changed when city administrators flexed their political muscle and successfully blocked skydivers from landing on airport property. This assault launched against Eugene Skydivers by the City of Creswell decimated Moore's business and hit the local skydiving community pretty hard. To keep his business afloat, Moore procured permission to land in a farmer's field eight miles away. The increased costs and turnaround time between loads adversely affected the DZ's ability to operate. The services he could provide shrank as his staff dwindled to a skeleton crew and his client base evaporated. However, rather than folding up or relocating, Moore decided to fight back. This was a tough challenge, as he had to battle a rival that had unlimited resources at its fingertips while his own income was precipitously dropping. Looking back, Moore said, "The first few years were pretty bleak; it feels like you're buried under an avalanche when you are fighting a city. You just feel so alone."

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NEWS RELEASE: Feb 12, 2014

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Eugene Skydivers Regains Right To Land At Creswell Airport

Agreement helps pave the way for skydiving to return to Creswell

CRESWELL, Ore.

Urban Moore, owner of Eugene Skydivers, announced this morning that his business has regained the right to land parachutes at the Creswell Airport. "The settlement with the city cleared all hurdles and now it's official. We can land at the airport," stated Mr. Moore through some early morning text messages to employees and friends.

Last August a settlement was reached between Eugene Skydivers and the City of Creswell in an attempt to end an eight-year legal battle. Although the agreement accelerated a resolution, Mr. Moore credits the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and its Airport Access Defense Fund (AAD) for providing much needed support during his legal challenge to the eviction of skydivers from the airport. "I couldn't have gotten this far without the help of USPA or its AAD fund. I'm looking forward to going back to work. This is a great day for skydiving," continues Mr. Moore.

The settlement has established safety guidelines and written procedures that both sides agreed to. The policies in place will ensure safe operations for all parties involved. Weather permitting skydiving is expected to resume at the Creswell airport as early as Thursday, Feb. 13.

NEWS RELEASE: Aug 26, 2013

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Eugene Skydivers and City of Creswell Find Common Ground

The agreement will allow skydivers back on the Creswell Airport

CRESWELL, Ore.

Eugene Skydivers and the City of Creswell found a resolution to the long running dispute about skydivers landing at the Creswell Airport. On August 15, the city council addressed the matter during a public meeting. Community members were given an opportunity to voice their support or concerns about skydiving returning to the airport.

At question were two key issues for the resolution. The first was to allow skydivers to cross the airport's runway, and the second was to settle a lawsuit filed by Eugene Skydivers' owner Urban Moore. Following public input, the council voted to accept the agreement by passing the two issues. The votes to affirm the runway crossing and the settlement were decided by a 5-2 and 6-1 decision, respectively.

The agreement will end an eight-year battle between Eugene Skydivers and the City of Creswell. Moore declined to discuss the terms of the agreement, but states, "It's a shame it took this long, but I'm glad the agreement is moving forward. If the resolution holds up, I look forward to a new working relationship with the city as we reintegrate onto the airport."

A time frame has not been set for when skydiving operations will resume at the airport, but Moore expects it will take some time for all the details to be worked out. The council's vote "definitely helped pave the way for skydiving to resume, full time at the airport, much sooner than if we continued our litigation", stated Moore. For additional information visit www.eugeneskydivers.com or the City of Creswell's website www.cityofcreswell.com.

NEWS RELEASE: Nov 16, 2012

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The Oregon Duck To Go Skydiving For Espn College Gameday

CRESWELL, Ore.

ESPN College GameDay taps Eugene Skydivers to perform an exhibition skydive featuring the Oregon Duck mascot. The nationally televised program plans to have the Duck make a solo skydive from 7,000-feet and land in a field located in Creswell. Weather permitting the skydive is planned for Friday, Nov. 16, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Duck's jump will air during College GameDay's Saturday broadcast.

The mascot's outfit presents several challenges for the skydive. The lack of visibility and limited mobility are an enormous concern for Urban Moore, the owner of Eugene Skydivers. Despite the challenges, he is confident that his staff and crew will safely execute the jump without any hitches. "We're pretty excited to work with ESPN College GameDay. This is the type of jump that a skydiver lives for."

Working in the national spotlight is not new for Eugene Skydivers. Earlier this year they performed in an ad for Honda promoting the 2012 CRV. For more information on Eugene Skydivers call (541) 895-3095 or visit their website at www.eugeneskydivers.com.

NEWS RELEASE: Nov 12, 2012

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FAA extends Eugene Skydivers "part 16" decision deadline until February 2013

CRESWELL, Ore.

The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its decision deadline on the "part 16" complaint filed by Eugene Skydivers. A ruling was expected on November 9, but with the extension a decision is now scheduled for February 13, 2013. The decision is expected to have national implications for airports that receive federal funds.

Owner Urban Moore filed the complaint against the City of Creswell and the Creswell Airport last December in an effort to restore parachutists' landing rights into an adjacent field. Moore says, "Eugene Skydivers will continue full operations using an alternate off-site landing area until the FAA decides on the part 16." If the FAA affirms landing rights for parachutists, then full operations on the airport's landing area will resume in the spring of 2013.

For more information go to www.regulation.gov and key in "Eugene Skydivers" in the search box to bring up all documents related to the case, or visit Eugene Skydivers website at www.eugeneskydivers.com.

NEWS RELEASE: Aug 20, 2012

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FAA extends part 16 decision deadline against City of Creswell and Airport Eugene Skydivers acquired an interim landing site that allows experienced and student skydivers to land

CRESWELL, Ore.

Eugene Skydivers owner Urban Moore was notified that the FAA has extended the decision deadline for his part 16 complaint. The part 16 was filed against the City of Creswell and the Creswell Hobby Field last December in an effort to restore airport landing rights to parachutists. A ruling was expected on August 7th. The new deadline is now set for November 9th, 2012. The extension does not imply a decision. In fact, lengthening a part 16 ruling is not uncommon. The extension allows the FAA to review precedent or wait on pending rule changes before rendering a final judgment. Eugene Skydivers views this as an inconvenience, not a set back.

In order to move forward with business operations, Eugene Skydivers has acquired an alternate landing area that is located off of 10th and Butte in Creswell. The new parachute landing area (PLA) is much closer to the Creswell Airport, and will accept experienced, student, and tandem skydivers. The new PLA will decrease turn around times between loads, and enhance the ability to service customers. Eugene Skydivers will be using this site until the FAA renders a final decision on the part 16. If landing rights are affirmed for parachutists then full operations at the airport is expected to resume early in 2013.

NEWS RELEASE: June 18, 2012

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Eugene Skydivers files FAA part 16 complaint against City of Creswell and Airport FAA ruling will be a precedent-setting case

CRESWELL, Ore.

Eugene Skydivers owner and operator Urban Moore filed an FAA part 16 complaint against the City of Creswell and the Creswell Hobby Field in December 2011. The complaint was filed to restore landing rights for skydivers at the Creswell Airport. A ruling is expected to be announced no later than August 2012. The decision is expected to have national implications because it will set a precedent for cases involving airport access for skydiving activities on federally assisted airports.

The part 16 complaint stems from a 2006 disagreement over landing rights for skydivers at the Creswell Airport. The dispute affects where skydivers land their parachutes and reduced Eugene Skydivers business operation to tandem skydiving only. An alternate landing site, located near Seavey Loop Road in Eugene, is currently being used until this issue is resolved. If the FAA affirms the rights of skydivers to land on the airport then full operations is expected to resume later this year.

About Eugene Skydivers: Eugene Skydivers drop zone opened for business in February 1992 at the Creswell Airport with only a single aircraft. Six years after opening, Eugene Skydivers built its operation to include three Cessna 182 airplanes. The drop zone has performed exhibition skydives for local businesses and charities. In 1998 a state skydiving record was hosted at the drop zone. Eugene Skydivers has performed an estimated 65,000 skydives over the past 20-years. This year alone over 400 tandem skydives have been safely conducted. The hours of operation are weekends and by appointment.