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2017 Skydive Palatka Safety Day Presentation

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The beginning of the Skydive Palatka Safety Day talk that discusses the USPA fataltiy statistics for 2016.

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2017 Skydive Palatka Safety Day Presentation

  1. 1. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 1997-2001 2002-2006 2007-2011 2012-2016 34.6 25.4 22 21.8
  2. 2. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Student A B C D Experience Level 14 11 4 1
  3. 3. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1
  4. 4. Under Parachute (5/21) • Canopy collisions: 1, jumper struck the back of another jumper while both were on final • Landing problems: 2, two separate instances of jumpers killed when they landed off the airport (tree, billboard) • Intentional high performance landing: 1 • Unintentional low turn: 1
  5. 5. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Unintentional—Trying to avoid an obstacle or face into the wind with a last-second turn. Intentional—Trying to make a high-performance landing and misjudging the turn.
  6. 6. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1
  7. 7. Incorrect Eps (4/21) • Tandem pair: incorrect response to a collapsed drogue • Student: deployed reserve before cutting away • Jumper had 2 parachutes out that went into a downplane, did not cutaway
  8. 8. 0 1 2 3 4 5 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
  9. 9. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1
  10. 10. Equipment Problems (4/21) • Incorrect 3 ring assembly: did not pass the loop through the metal grommet first before inserting the cutaway cable • Student: unknown problem, possible suicide • Jumper had a premature brake fire and cutaway too low • Jumper had a worn out main parachute that collapsed when a front riser turn was initiated
  11. 11. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  12. 12. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1 • 47 year old with known heart condition • 61 year old new to the sport
  13. 13. 0 1 2 3 4 • Youngest 40 years old • Oldest 73 years old • Average 60 years old
  14. 14. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1 Use of an RSL or MARD device can help ensure the reserve is activated after cutting away from the main canopy. RSL=Reserve Static Line MARD=Main Assisted Reserve Device
  15. 15. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1 • Two wingsuiters collided soon after exit-one died • Two jumpers collided after break-off during a hoop dive-one died
  16. 16. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1 • Steering line entangled with a helmet mounted GoPro camera • Military re-enactor had his belly-mounted reserve activated in the door of the AC
  17. 17. Landing Problem-2 Equipment Problem-4 Camera Entanglement-1 Intentional Low Turn-1 Unintentional Low Turn-1 Cutaway-No Reserve-2 Freefall Collision-2 Medical-2 Canopy Collision-1 Incorrect Emrgency Procedures-4 Airplane Strike-1 21 Total 4 TotalX • Smarter Canopy Piloting • Awareness in Freefall • Proper Emergency Procedures • Using a Reserve Static Line
  18. 18. 1961: 5 fatalities per 1000 skydives 2016: less than 1 fatality per 100,000 skydives (Index rate of .006) 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 0 500000 1000000 1500000 2000000 2500000 3000000 3500000 4000000 4500000 1961 1963 1965 1967 1969 1971 1973 1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 Fatalities Total/Year Rate Expon. (Rate)

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