i voted education without regulation. once we let someone regulate our sport, or any facet of it, it will be overrun by regulation
If we regulate ourselves, then we don't have to wait for someone else to do it.
It's not just fatalities. It's serious injuries; someone could probably do a cost-benefit analysis from a medical bills point of view and see a pretty impressive number. Based on the types of injuries I used to see in the early 80's, I would figure that 80-90% of the really serious landing fractures have high performance canopies contributing.
Obviously all won't be eliminated. But let's say we cut them in half. That's a significant change in the injury rate. And since you can get out of it with education (and I'd even like an alternate skills test for people who don't have access to good canopy education, or else traveling canopy certification folks, kind of like ICCs travel now).
All we're talking about doing is increasing the amount of hassle you have to go through before buying a canopy that significantly increases your chance of hurting or killing yourself.
Edited to add: 1.15 wingloading, 1200 jumps
(This post was edited by wmw999 on Jun 10, 2003, 9:02 PM)