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To the editor: I wanted to comment that skydiving is a safe sport that is operated in an equally safe manner at numerous airports worldwide.
I am 20 years old and have recently earned my A license at the Oconee County Regional Airport out of Clemson, S.C. We have a small area for our intended landing area, and it is a rare sight to see someone not make it there.
Tandem instructors, even with the larger tandem canopies, can land their jumps on a high level of accuracy due to the level of experience required to become a tandem instructor. To obtain a license to jump on your own, you have to show proficiency in accurate landings as one of the requirements.
As a whole, I think that skydiving would be a wonderful addition to the allure of Ocean Isle Beach. My family owns a house on the island, and the closest airport nearby I would be able to jump is in Oak Island.
A tandem skydive attracts people from far around, and they would take that as a beneficial attraction to their decision of making Ocean Isle their destination of choice. I hope the council passes the amending of the current airport ordinance.