The graph above depicts your skydiving emissions2, 3, 4 in relation to driving a new European passenger car for 30.000km5 and a transatlantic return flight.6, 7, 8
Data for the graphs are based on median emissions for commonly operated skydiving aircraft. Depending on the aircraft your home dropzone uses, those figures can be considerably higher. Have a look at the comparison sheet here to see emissions for your aircraft. For reference, the following graph compares the Supervan (lowest emissions) to the MI-8 Helicopter (highest emissions):
Next up: What about all that time flying in the windtunnel?9, 10, 11
Let's also have a look at how we compare to the average EU citizen:12
As a quick resume, here are the graphs above in numbers:
Skydiving is a very entertaining but also highly polluting activity. It is important to be aware of the impact our sport has on the environment. Also, to be able to have an informed discussion, it is generally more favorable to talk about facts and figures instead of using words such as less and more. Of course this data may vary greatly depending on the source. For the calculations above, real world fuel burn data was gathered from multiple skydiving aircraft operators and wind tunnels. If something seems off to you, please get in touch so we can figure out together whether some data on this website needs to be adjusted.