The Parachute Industry Association is dedicated to the promotion of
the highest principles of honesty, integrity, fairness and professional behavior in all of
our dealings with our customers, the public at large, and amongst ourselves. We are an
organization based in the United States with an international membership contingent and
scope. Our ethical solidarity is only as strong as the cumulative quality of our
individual members. Our membership extends beyond the bounds of most federal, state, and
local customs of acceptable behavior; there may be issues on which we, as individual
members, will disagree. It is imperative that all of our disagreements, arguments,
accusations and methods of resolution be kept within the bounds of our organization. It is
essential that we approach the outside world with a clear, common, and unified voice.
The purpose and goal of the Parachute Industry Association's Ethics
Committee is to compose and maintain a working Code of Professional Responsibility,
provide guidance to our membership, and to provide a forum for membership to voice
opinions of violation of our Code of Professional Responsibility.
Specifically, we pledge to respect and follow these guidelines:
Each of us must strive to achieve excellence in the products and
services we offer. It is imperative that we take steps to understand and avoid any
situations which would project our industry in a less than positive way to those with whom
We must respect and protect the integrity of the property rights of
others, whether intellectual property, trademarks, patents or copyrights. It is difficult
if not impossible to conduct our business without making public some of the things we have
worked hard to individually develop and earn.
We must know, understand, respect and obey existing laws having
jurisdiction over our business activities. This pledge of compliance applies to laws
extending from the international level down to and including of our own Standard Operating
We must maintain a strong commitment to service. Our professional
responsibilities must be bound by our commitment to perform as we have agreed or
contracted. The quality of our work is only as strong as our commitment to take personal
responsibility for the work which we perform.
We will avoid any falsification of records, including parachute
maintenance records, aircraft logbooks and maintenance records, certification records,
component testing and laboratory reports, and any other document alteration intended to
mislead or deceive.
We must refrain from stating, publishing, or otherwise posting
product or services claims which are not consistent with accuracy, and cannot be
substantiated, including advertisements, promotional efforts, performance specifications,
compliance certification, or any other false claims which are perceived by our
organization to be misleading and deceitful.
Member manufacturers of primary components must operate with a
quality assurance system which has the capability to effectively handle recall of systems
or components as necessary.
Use of parachute equipment will not be recommended outside of the
manufacturer's published operational window. Parachute components will not be represented
in any manner which is inconsistent with the manufacturer's intended purpose of that
We will refrain from providing a service or an opinion on matters
which are outside the scope of our education, experience, or expertise.
For our students, we will follow a comprehensive course of
instruction which is consistent with accepted common good and safe practice in the
When providing equipment for use in parachute activities, we will
provide proper, safe and airworthy equipment which is appropriate to the operation.
We will provide appropriate airlift which is maintained and operated
in a safe and airworthy manner by authorized and appropriately rated personnel.
We will utilize only those modifications to aircraft intended to
facilitate parachuting which have been done in accordance with accepted industry practice
and which carry appropriate authorizations (i.e. inflight door, installation of steps,
porches, handles and appendages.)
We will only introduce fuel into any aircraft if that fuel is
intended and authorized for use into the powerplant of that particular aircraft. Only
properly filtered fuel which is drawn from controlled and uncontaminated sources will be
We must recognize and avoid operational conflicts of interest which
adversely effect our ability to conduct safe business practices.
A member of the Parachute Industry Association who is convicted, by
a court or tribunal having jurisdiction, of conduct that is in conflict of this Code, may
be subject to additional punishment from the PIA. This action could include actions
available in accordance with the by-laws of the Parachute Industry Association and
Roberts' Rules of Order.
PIA Ethics Commitee
February 11, 1996
George Galloway, Chairman
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