Aircraft & Jump Pilot Information


How do I get an APF Jump Pilot Authorisation?

Providing you meet the requirements of the APF Operational Regulations you must undertake a Jump Pilot Authorisation Course and successfully complete written and practical examinations, with an APF approved Examiner.

  1. The first step is to obtain an APF Jump Pilot Associate Membership, this type of membership is free.  You can obtain your new membership or renew a previous APF membership by submitting an M1 application form. The M1 Membership Form is located HERE. Once completed email to for processing.

  2. Within 1 business day of creating your membership, you will receive an email from the APF with login details to the APF Website.  If you do not see the email, please check your junk/spam email folder before contacting the APF.  The email provides all the relevant details as to how to login to the APF website.

  3. As a member you can now apply for your Jump Pilot Authorisation.  Login to the APF Website and go to the Jump Pilot Authorisation Application page to lodge your application.  Once successfully lodged, you will receive an email providing you with links to all the APF study material needed along with a link to the JPA Written Exam.

    If you have not already spoken with the Club or examiner you are going to undertake all of your assessments with, please do so now.  Your examiner may have specific requirements or processes they wish you to follow before completing the online written exam.
  4. As your application progresses you will receive emails during the process informing you when your application has been signed off by your examiner, when your authorisation has been issued and for any other critical points during the process.

    You can follow the progress of your application by going to the Members/Applications/My Applications page when logged into the website.  You can “View” your original application, check the current status of your application through the “History” or “Diagram” views.  Simply click on the related hyperlinks for your application to see each of these items.

    You will also be able to view the results of your written Jump Pilot Exam through this page by clicking on the “Jump Pilot Exam Results” link.

  5. Once your authorisation has been processed, you will be able to obtain your unique APF Jump Pilot Authorisation number via the APF Member Lookup which can be located under the Members menu or via the following link APF Member Lookup

Can I apply via a paper based application and written exam?

Of course.  If you have difficulty getting access to a computer or have poor internet connectivity, you can always undertake a paper based application and examination process.  Simply contact your local APF Club or selected examiner to arrange to undertake a paper based application and examination.

Please be aware that as a paper based process, it may take more time to process and issue you with your Jump Pilot Authorisation.

How long is the Authorisation Valid for?

The JPA is valid for one year expires at the end of the coming financial year (i.e. the next June 30th).

Revalidation of Jump Pilot Authorisation

Existing JPA holders intending to revalidate their authorisation can log in to the website and submit a Jump Pilot Renewal application (J2).  The application will be available within 3 months of the expiry of your authorisation and can be found under the Members/Forms & Applications menu.

Please remember you will also need to renew your membership separately to maintain your JPA.

Jump Pilot Associate Membership

The 'Associate Membership' will now align with the APF Members Financial Year (July 1st to June 30th) with the JPA holder required to renew their membership each financial year AT NO CHARGE. Membership renewal reminders will be provided to all JPA holders in accordance with current membership renewal reminder notification practices (electronically), and it is therefore imperative that all Pilots keep their contact details updated with the APF National Office.

Member lookup

As all Jump Pilots have been added to the APF Database, their qualifications can be checked via the APF website Member Lookup Facility by typing Surname and D.O.B Existing APF Members who have now obtained a JPA will have their new qualification noted as an endorsement. These Members will be required to keep their APF Membership current in order to hold a valid sporting license as the Pilot Associate Membership does not include Jumping, Voting or Insurance privileges.

Jump Pilots are able to access the below information through the member look up on the APF database:

  • APF Number
  • Membership Expiration Date
  • Jump Pilot Authorisation Number
  • Jump Pilot Expiration Date
  • Medical Expiration Date
  • Passport Photo (if provided)

Jump Pilot Authorisation Examiners

A list of approved Jump Pilot Examiners (JPE's) is available on this website.

Prospective Jump Pilot Examiners (JPE's) should lodge their expression of interest by emailing the National Aviation Officer (NAO) at with a brief history of their experience as a Pilot including approximate number of total hours, total hours flying Parachutists, the types of aircraft involved and any other relevant information. Successful Examiners will be advised and their details posted on the APF website.

Where can I find the Jump Pilot Authorisation Application?

The online Jump Pilot Authorisation Application (J1) is only available once logged into the APF Website.  Once logged in you can find the application under the Members/Forms & Applications menu.

If you do not have a login, you will need to apply for a Pilot Associate Membership

Where can I find the Online Jump Pilot Authorisation Written Exam?

The written examination is only available to members who have a login to the APF Website.  You can only complete the exam once, so please ensure you have completed the necessary study and spoken to your Jump Pilot Examiner prior to attempting the exam.  You can access the exam via the following link: Jump Pilot Authorisation Examination

As an APF Jump Pilot Examiner, Senior Pilot or Chief Instructor, where do I find my pilots application for approval?

Once logged into the APF Website, you can access ALL applications awaiting examiner, senior pilot or chief instructor approval via the Members/Applications/My Work menu.  On first going to the page, all applications awaiting approval will be listed.  You can use a keyword search to search for the applicants’ name or APF number to filter the list. 

Once you have found your pilots application, you can click on the “Process” link for the application to approve the application.  You can also progressively save changes to the application, if you do not have all available details at one time.

You can add comments to the application by clicking on the “Comments” link.  These comments can be seen by others and as such, please be professional and courteous with any comments you wish to make on an application.

You can check the current status of an application through the “History” or “Diagram” views.  Simply click on the related hyperlinks to see each of these items.

Once an application has been approved by you or another person, the application will no longer appear in the list of items for review.

As an APF Jump Pilot Examiner, Senior Pilot or Chief Instructor, where do I find my pilots written exam for review?

You can access your pilots’ exam in one of two ways.

  1. The first is to have the student login to the APF website and access their exam results through the My Applications page and click on the Jump Pilot Exam Results link.

    This will list pilots’ results along with a list of the questions, the answer given, their score and the correct answers, making it easy to discuss those questions with the pilot that they answered incorrectly.

  2. If you are not with the pilot you can review the pilots exam through My Work page.  Once logged into the APF Website, you can go to the pilots application using the My work page via the Members/Applications/My Work menu.  Locate your pilots name/application and click on the "Process" hyperlink to access the pilots application.

    Within the application page, you will see a “Search & Review Exam Results” link, click on this link to be taken to the Content Organiser Reports which will allow you to find your pilots exam.

    When in the Content Organiser, it is recommended that you set Report to “Score Summary” and you need to select the Package Name of “APF Jump Pilot Authorization”.  Once you have set this values, click the “Preview” button at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring up a list of results, from which you can see the date that your pilot completed the exam.

    Once you know the date the pilot undertook their exam, change the Report field to “Score Detail” and enter the date the pilot submitted the exam in the Submitted Min Date and Submitted Max Date fields.  This will display the pilots answers and enable you to determine and provide feedback on any incorrect answers.

Nominated Senior Pilot

As of June 30th 2010, all APF Training Organisations must have a nominated Senior Pilot. This person must also be the holder of a JPA and is the nominated responsible person overseeing Aircraft Operations and Jump Pilot Operations.

Balloon pilot’s information for dropping parachutists

Balloon jumps are a novelty for many parachutists, and balloon pilots can expect to be approached by parachutists who wish to jump from their balloon. The following notes are for your guidance.

Balloon pilot qualifications

From CASA Specifications for parachute descents in relation to pilot qualifications. In order to drop parachutists the balloon pilot must be either the holder of at least a commercial pilot (balloon) license or a Private Pilot (Balloon) Certificate issued by the ABF, and have not less than 75 hours aeronautical experience as pilot in command of balloons.

Parachutist qualifications

All parachutist operations require a Drop Zone Safety Officer (DZSO) to be present, either on the ground or in the air. It is the DZSO’s responsibility to ensure that the parachutists are suitably qualified, equipped and briefed for their jump. The minimum qualification for this position is an APF “D” license (requiring over 200 jumps, among other things). Where all the jumpers hold a minimum of at least a “B” license (requiring 50 or more jumps) there are no other special requirements.

Any operation involving student parachutists (note that tandem passengers are students) or “A” license holders also requires the authority of an APF Chief Instructor.

If the landing area involves a public gathering or is within 600 m of a built-up area then the jump is a “display jump” and also requires the involvement and approval of an APF Licensed Display Organiser (LDO).


The DZSO should brief the parachutists thoroughly on all parachuting aspects of the exercise. Most parachutists are quite familiar with fixed winged aircraft and the procedures to be followed in and around them. The balloon pilot should brief the parachutists as he/she would for any balloon passenger, and about any special requirements relating to climbing onto and exiting the basket.


APF rules require that the parachutists have their parachutes fully open by 2000 feet AGL. Given the lack of airspeed as the parachutist leaves the basket a minimum exit height should include 1000 feet above planned opening height to allow the parachutist to gain stability and airspeed. This may be less for very experienced jumpers. Tandem jumps must exit at a minimum altitude of 7500ft AGL and have the parachute open at a minimum of 4000ft AGL.

Since the balloon will usually be in descent for the exit of the parachutist, some additional height will probably be necessary. Brief the parachutist that the balloon will be in descent at the rate of about 300 - 600 ft per minute, as the parachutist may feel that (unlike jumps they have made out of aircraft), there is no hurry to exit

Parachutists may exit at any height above this minimum, and will often want as much height as possible, to allow them the maximum time to carry out freefall maneuvers.


Exits from a balloon basket will not generally be a problem to the jumpers, but the pilot should check on the parachutists’ plans before take off, to ensure that they will not cause any balloon control problems. Pilot and parachutists together should determine if the exits are one at a time or simultaneous, and how they are distributed around the basket.

Drop Zone / Target site

Regular jumps from aircraft allow jumpers to be quite precise about the exit point to plan their landings on a known drop zone. This is often not possible from a balloon so jumpers need to be comprehensively briefed on possible landing options and reminded of the associated hazards (especially power-lines). The DZSO should ensure that this is done.

Jumps into a built-up area need particular attention in this respect. Although there are no particular rules about it, one would expect that only highly experienced parachutists would be making parachute jumps from a balloon over built up areas. This would be classified as a display jump.

Where should I go if I have further questions?

If you have further questions in relation to how to obtain your APF Jump Pilot Authorisation, we recommend that in the first instance you contact the club or examiner you intend to undertake your assessment with. If they are unable to assist, then please contact the APF National Office and we will assist with you enquiry.

General Information

Jump Pilot Manual (PDF which includes written assessments)

APF Operational Regulations and Regulatory Schedules

Jump Pilot E-News

Letter from DOTARS Guidance regarding Aviation Security Identification Cards (ASICs) and Parachutists


Online Forms

NOTE: Please ensure that you are logged in to the website to be able to see the online forms (please refresh the page after logging in). Online renewal forms are only valid 6 months before and 3 months after your rating's expiry (12 months for Display Ratings). If your rating has lapsed for more than 3 months, please fill out a paper based form and return it to the APF.

Paper Based Form

Form J3 Senior Pilot Nomination Form (PDF)


Instruments (now located in Regulatory Schedule 51)

  • 66/16 under CAR 152 - Authorisation to make Parachute Descents
  • 06/16 under CAR 209 - Conduct of Parachute Training Operations
  • 184/00 under CAR 207 - Supplementary Oxygen for Flight Crew
  • EX116/16 Exemption – use of radio communication systems during parachute operations

Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) & Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR)

  • CAR 152 - Parachute Descents
  • CAR 209 - Private Operations
  • CAR 224 - Pilot in Command
  • CAR 163AA - Formation Flying

Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP)

  • CAAP 42ZC-1(2) - Pilot Maintenance Schedule

Manual of Standards Part 172 and be found of ComLaw site

  • Search 'Manual of Standards Part 172'


Jump Pilot Examiners

Adams, Michel  #420  09/09/2019  Adelaide, SA 0438 692 665
Alexander, Bernie  #218 23/08/2019 Fairy Meadow, NSW 0431 939 738
Anderson, Terry      #270  23/06/2017 Goulburn, NSW 0488 569 432
Barry, Chris #81 15/06/2017 Rowville, VIC 0407 845 306
Brody, Mark #18 23/06/2017 Taree, NSW         0418 730 741
Cofield, Lloyd #9 23/06/2017 Rockhampton, NQLD 0429 044 224 
Colman, Alexander #61 28/10/2019 Medowie, NSW  0408 114 552 
Cork, Jerome  #1010  22/11/2019  Nadi, Fiji  (679) 7077070 
Cosgrove, Andrew  #906  08/01/2020  Jurien Bay, WA 0407 551 178 
Cross, Don #6 23/06/2017 Nagambie, VIC 0412 289 103
Czerwinski, Jim #219 23/06/2017 Toowoomba, SQLD 0419 171 645
Edwards, Mark #41 23/06/2017 Redcliffe, SQLD  0414 729 958
Fischer, Lee #351 23/06/2017 Bungalow, NQLD 0424 803 143
Folan, Jock #83 23/06/2017 Lilydale, VIC  0412 321 047
Gerraty, Murray #85 23/06/2017 Bridgewater, VIC 0411 888 532
Gray, Al #165 23/06/2017 North Adelaide, SA 0411 875 867
Harvey, Paul #706 29/01/2018  Raceview, SQLD 0447 164 600 
Hawkins, Mathew #107 23/06/2017 Townsville, NQLD 0419 171 976
Joyce, Tim #280 12/09/2019 Skydive Fiji +679 9924 078
Lonnon, Peter #101 30/06/2017 Jurien Bay, WA 0417 180 064
Matthews, Ian #679 12/06/2015 ASA Euroa, VIC 03 9432 2419
McEvoy, John #65 30/06/2017 Toogoolawah, SQLD  0409 721 140
McGregor, Jason #764 06/08/2019   Airlie Beach, NQLD 0424 150 923 
McMonagle, Dave #594 21/03/2018  Coffs Harbour /  NSW  0403 026 598 
McWilliam, Jon #191 09/05/2018  Picton / NSW 0412 913 919 
Menzies, Scott #240 30/06/2017 Byron Bay, NSW 0411 747 414
Mihal, Alex #514 22/02/2017  Mawson Lakes, SA  0422 367 928
Mills, Anatole #522 22/03/2021 Ocean Grove, VIC 0415 919 646
Moss, Alan #296 30/06/2017 Brisbane, SQLD 0412 889 154
Mulckey, Roger #121 30/06/2016 Ballina, SQLD   0429 630 897
Mulholland, Andy #80 30/06/2017 Tooradin, VIC  0412 266 630
Murphy, Alexander #534 04/04/2018  Thirlmere / NSW 0413 561 915 
Overton, Paul  #903  20/02/2019  Nagambie, VIC  0407 919 937 
Price, Justin #689 31/08/2020 Darwin, NT 0404 812 108
Riddle, Terry #30 30/06/2017  Moruya, NSW 0419 289 769
Roche, Ryan #114 30/06/2017 Woolongong, NSW 0407 065 728
Schiller, Mick #122 30/06/2017 Gold Coast, SQLD 0408 777 613
Sims, Justin  #912  14/02/2020  Mitchell Park, SA  0421 244 287 
Smith, Ashley #20 30/06/2017 Darwin, NT 0417 888 645
Smith, Greg #177 30/06/2017 Adelaide, SA 0418 845 900
Smith, Paul #16 30/06/2017 Moruya, NSW 0413 172 180
Stovold, Cameron #1029 01/03/2021 Sydney, NSW 0437 549 345
Stutt, Glenn #275 30/06/2017 Busselton, WA 0424 174 197
Thomas, Theo #59 30/06/2017 Newcastle, NSW  0418 444 246
Tuddenham, Bill #51 30/06/2017 Kurri Kurri, NSW 0403 466 782
Tyler, Eloise #851 26/07/2021 Cannonvale, NQLD 0481 462 628
Walker-Magee, Sebastian #897 22/06/2021 Adelaide, SA 0450 016 455
Whaley, Mark #472  30/06/2017 Mission Beach, NQLD 0478 704 930
Williams, Mathew #675 27/04/2018  Carrum Downs / VIC 0409 172 616 

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