Canopy Risk Quotient Calculator

Important: Before you use this tool, make sure to
read the information section first!

 
Answer the following questions by checking the appropriate radio buttons.

The result can only be displayed when ALL questions have been answered.

Experience and Currency

Number of Jumps

26 – 50
51 – 200
201 – 500
501 – 2,000
More than 2,000

Time in the Sport

Less than 6 months
Six months to a year
More than one year to three years
More than three years to five years
More than five years

Number of Jumps in the Last 12 Months

Fewer that 25
25 – 50
51 – 200
201 – 500
More than 500

Number of Jumps in the Last Month

0
1 – 9
10 – 25
26 – 49
More than 50

Number of Jumps at Current DZ

0 – 10
11 – 25
26 – 50
51 – 200
More than 200

Canopy Information

Wing Loading

.6 – .9 lbs per sq ft
.91 – 1.1 lbs per sq ft
1.11 – 1.3 lbs per sq ft
1.31 – 1.7 lbs per sq ft
More than 1.7 lbs per sq ft

Canopy Square Footage

260 or more
210 – 259
170 – 209
135 – 169
120 – 134
119 or smaller

Canopy Design

Low Aspect Ratio, Rectangular
Rectangular
Elliptical
High Aspect Ration, elliptical
Cross-braced

Number of Jumps on Your Current Canopy

0 – 10
11 – 25
26 – 50
51 – 200
More than 200

Training Experience

Structured Lessons or Competitions on
Your Canopy

0
1 – 3
4 – 6
7 – 9
10 or more

Hop-and-Pops Above 5,000 ft Dedicated to Canopy Practice (no RW, etc.) on Your Canopy

1 – 5
6 – 10
11 – 25
26 – 50
More than 50

Maneuvers

Check all maneuvers you have NOT(!) performed on your canopy in the last 50 jumps.

Braked turn
Flare turn
Reverse turn
Braked landing
Riser flare (high and landing)
Extended glide
Flying a pre-planned pattern
Accuracy within two meters
Crosswind or downwind landing
Induced-speed landing

 

 

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«Canopy Risk Quotient Calculator»

This tool is an electronic version of the USPA paper «Canopy Risk Quotient».

The tool is meant to give you a better understanding of risk categories regarding canopy piloting and a better understanding of your personal risk situation.

This isn't a scientific survey, and you have to consider what you did to get your score. Your canopy risk quotient can change up or down depending on your circumstances on any given day. Look especially at the number of jumps in the last month or year and the number of jumps at a particular drop zone or on a new canopy. Visiting a new DZ with a brand-new canopy or signing out a demo at a boogie can really punch up your canopy risk quotient. And although not on the survey, fatigue and health figure in, of course … Make sure to factor in that hangover.