BACKGROUND Recent increase in injuries/deaths under perfectly serviceable canopies Not peculiar to UK, worldwide problem BPA Panel of Enquiry is investigating reduction of risk We need feedback from you the membership
QUESTION? Why do you think jumpers are turning close to the ground….. injuring or killing themselves?
FACTORS Parachuting is hazardous Small, highly loaded canopies increase that risk Not all incidents are caused by misjudged hook-turns A must get into wind mentality contributes to the risk (landing priorities?)
FACTORS A determination to “look cool” in front of spectators For every incident there are dozens maybe hundreds of “narrow escapes” Who here has had formal instruction on canopy handling since initial ground training?
EQUIPMENT Ensure you are familiar with your kit, especially club kit Deployment systems