Almost all of these jumpers were jumping a wing load that would be considered aggressive. And most would agree that the wing loads were above the skill level of most of the jumpers.
I propose that the USPA do something about this. While education would be the best answer, the scope of this and the needed curriculum would prove to be a gigantic task.
Several other organizations have enacted regulations, and I think it is time that the USPA does the same.
Brian Germain a very well know canopy pilot and designer has a basic outline that would be very easy to write, follow, and enforce.
Wing loading should correspond to jump # up to 500 jumps. 100 jumps Max 1.1 Wing load 200 jumps Max 1.2 Wing load 300 jumps Max 1.3 Wing load 400 jumps Max 1.4 Wing load 500 jumps Max 1.5 Wing load
This would hopefully delay these young jumpers from getting a canopy over their heads before the have the knowledge and experience to handle it.
It would also fit right into the new license structure. At 500 jumps and a "D" License a jumper can jump a wing load that they feel comfertable with.
While they are under this protective blanket they could use the available resources to learn more about canopy flight and if they wish attend some of the canopy schools available.
Skydiving is a sport that has dangers....One of the jobs of the USPA is to enact BSR's to protect the population from their own bad choices. This is why we have minumun pull altitudes. I think it is time we have maximum wing loadings for less experienced jumpers. This will give them the time to learn how to handle the added dangers of highly loaded canopies.