Letter: His 'bossiness' ensures safety for me and my students


To the Management of Cottonwood Airport:

As a client of Red Rock Skydiving and a math teacher at Oak Creek Ranch School, I would like to voice my complaint over the loss of the skydiving service to Cottonwood.

I understand that the sole reason for the loss of this service is the owner's "bossiness" and "acting like he owns the airport."

It is well-known that Red Rock Skydiving is a quality skydiving company and has a flawless safety record. Could not this be linked to the owner's bossiness?

He has the safety of his clients in mind-not only for their safety in the plane, but also for their safety as they fall outside of any vehicle through Cottonwood's airspace.

Furthermore, Red Rock Skydiving is the only business at Cottonwood airport. The manager is the only one with clients, and not only usual airport tourists catching rides, but those who will also be jumping out of the plane in free-fall!

Shouldn't these facts give him some rights for "acting like he runs the place"? I find his "bossiness" to be comforting. It ensures safety for me and my students as his clients.

Finally, even the airport management recognizes that the skydiving company is a quality business. It will be a minor hurdle for the owner to start up again in another city where his talents are more appreciated.

However, the loss to Cottonwood, will be astronomical. Cottonwood will no longer have any skydiving company - not to mention one which brings people out to Cottonwood airport daily from around the world.

As a Cottonwood resident, I deplore the lack of vision which will bring an end to this great service to Cottonwood. Next year, I will have to begin taking my students to Sedona!

Why should Cottonwood lose a leading skydiving company over something so petty as personality conflicts?

Dr. Ronald Tagliapietra



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