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2021-04-20 4:06:16 AM  
Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder
 
2021-04-20 7:01:45 AM  
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
 
2021-04-20 7:38:46 AM  

NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder


The problem is not the odds of catastrophic failure but the consequences.  There's no such thing as a minor skydiving accident.
 
2021-04-20 7:45:32 AM  

Snapper Carr: NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder

The problem is not the odds of catastrophic failure but the consequences.  There's no such thing as a minor skydiving accident.


Sure there are. I have sprained an ankle on landing before. I even landed in a tree once. I was fine, but it was hard on the tree.
 
2021-04-20 8:28:00 AM  

NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder


I don't know if you know Bill, but he's always run a fairly slipshod operation. All he cares about is being on every load. It was still like the 70s out there in the 90s basically. I used to pack out there some in the day. Out of bounds landings are not great either unless things have changed.
 
2021-04-20 8:32:11 AM  
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2021-04-20 8:35:46 AM  

drewogatory: NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder

I don't know if you know Bill, but he's always run a fairly slipshod operation. All he cares about is being on every load. It was still like the 70s out there in the 90s basically. I used to pack out there some in the day. Out of bounds landings are not great either unless things have changed.


I saw teams from Lodi at the Nationals, but I don't think I ever met him personally. The pictures in the articles show that time hasn't been kind to him.
 
2021-04-20 9:12:05 AM  

NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder


The US average is 13 a year (with 3.3M drops), and they average 1 every 2 years, and nearly 1 a year since 2009. That's pretty high failure rate comparatively. 

I've thought about getting my license but it is a very expensive hobby to get into.
 
2021-04-20 9:17:37 AM  
My first greenlight, and it's jumping article.  How fitting.  Yes I said first.  No I'm not buying beer.
 
2021-04-20 9:27:32 AM  
If you want the ultimate you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price Johnny.
 
2021-04-20 9:37:13 AM  

drewogatory: Out of bounds landings are not great either unless things have changed.


You mean like smacking into a semi truck on Highway 99?
 
2021-04-20 10:51:24 AM  
I did 80+ jumps in college. It is dangerous like many other activities. Deaths have trended down pretty well, only 11 last year. Many more in motor racing, for instance, which I'm guessing has fewer participants. Jumping is way cheaper than cars.

Honestly, I'd rather see shrill articles about horse racing deaths than this. Skydivers are volunteers.
 
2021-04-20 11:21:32 AM  

NotCodger: Snapper Carr: NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder

The problem is not the odds of catastrophic failure but the consequences.  There's no such thing as a minor skydiving accident.

Sure there are. I have sprained an ankle on landing before. I even landed in a tree once. I was fine, but it was hard on the tree.


Years before I met my girlfriend she went tandem jumping with a group of her friends. On of the girls in her group managed to break her ankle on landing which seems to be the very definition of a minor skydiving accident. The gal who got hurt is the type of person who could manage to break an ankle while taking out the garbage, so no one was too surprised.
 
2021-04-20 11:26:25 AM  
A California sky diving accident & not one Terminal Velocity reference?

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2021-04-20 11:33:30 AM  

phimuskapsi: NotCodger: Back in my skydiving days, we would say that the most dangerous part of any jump was the drive to the airport. It's hyperbole for Dause to compare skydiving to the dangers of climbing Mount Everest. I don't know anything about how Lodi is being managed now, but these articles don't tell the whole story.

Lodi has been a busy skydiving center for a very long time. It would be more informative if the stories reported the number of fatalities per the number of jumps made at the center instead of looking solely at the number of years.

/FAI Judge, Instructor, and D license holder

The US average is 13 a year (with 3.3M drops), and they average 1 every 2 years, and nearly 1 a year since 2009. That's pretty high failure rate comparatively. 

I've thought about getting my license but it is a very expensive hobby to get into.

If 13 fatalities per year is accurate, that is much lower than it was while I was jumping. "Parachutist" magazine would include a summary report every month of a few fatalities. Most would include "CODI" as the cause of death, standing for "Cause of Death - Impact". I was judging a meet once where a team named themselves CODI. That seemed to be tempting fate just a little too much for my taste.

 
2021-04-20 11:34:54 AM  

isamudyson: A California sky diving accident & not one Terminal Velocity reference?

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Also not one mention of jumping to a conclusion!
 
2021-04-20 1:16:24 PM  
Great headline
 
2021-04-20 4:34:13 PM  

The Smails Kid: drewogatory: Out of bounds landings are not great either unless things have changed.

You mean like smacking into a semi truck on Highway 99?


I was thinking more about those farking grape stakes. You've already farked up if you're stuck over 99.
 
2021-04-20 6:50:52 PM  
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Stick to pinball
 
2021-04-20 6:52:38 PM  
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2021-04-20 7:13:36 PM  

NotCodger: If 13 fatalities per year is accurate, that is much lower than it was while I was jumping. "Parachutist" magazine would include a summary report every month of a few fatalities. Most would include "CODI" as the cause of death, standing for "Cause of Death - Impact". I was judging a meet once where a team named themselves CODI. That seemed to be tempting fate just a little too much for my taste.


From the USPA (Parachute Association)

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2021-04-21 10:34:28 AM  
Go ahead and complain about the skydiving accidents but remember...
It's not the fall that killed them...
It was the sudden stop at the end.
 
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