|Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):|
However, it seems weird that you wouldn't check that all jumps are completed safely.
My experience is with glider clubs, and there too we don't have a formal system, but the pilots do track each other well. In the dozen or so years I've done it we've never lost anyone and that spans thousands of flights. The good news is we do have radios and batteries in the gliders, the bad news is that batteries do run down and some pilots go flying hundreds of miles away so we don't keep 100% contact with everyone.
In gliders, it's hard to be so much of a loner that you wouldn't have anyone keeping track of you. You just depend too much on others to help rig the glider and get it launched, so a hard-core loner just wouldn't fit in much if at all.
One thing I've noticed in the parachute / para-glider / hang-glider communities is that there certainly is a streak of independence in many of the members, and to a lesser degree, in the glider community too. There probably would be resentment in some quarters about some sort of tracking system, even if that system is well intentioned.