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Check this out...amazing!

bobandsylvia.com/WINGSUIT.htm
M.Morley
From Sacramento, CA
Joined Jan 1, 2002
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Dec 31, 2008
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
I am blown away by flight suits and their enhancement on jumping but...

I am also a sail maker and I can't help but think that todays suits are extremely barbaric and in just a few years from now we will see radical advancements in design.
trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Joined Aug 18, 2007
112 points
Dec 31, 2008
poking out of the crash pad
i love the part where he does two flips and then just continues gliding...that must be like a dream. cstorms
From North Bend, OR
Joined Mar 28, 2006
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Dec 31, 2008
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
Amen, The guy doing the flips, that is just soooo coool ! ;) trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Joined Aug 18, 2007
112 points
Dec 31, 2008
poking out of the crash pad
Hank-

have you used a wing suit before?
cstorms
From North Bend, OR
Joined Mar 28, 2006
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Jan 1, 2009
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
Hank:
I (and I assumed 'cstorms' as well) meant the flips the one guy does during mid flight, not at launch or whatever you guys call it.

But thanks for that comment, that is fascinating and makes good sense but if you weren't a base jumper I don't think that it would ever come to mind that the opening gainers are part of the orientation involved in the first few seconds.

Cool stuff !

I saw one vid were Dean Potter was talking and he said that he know can track as good with no suit as he could with one two years ago.

It must be a hard skill to develop.
Are those indoor flight centers of any use for training, or simply novelty ?
trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Joined Aug 18, 2007
112 points
Jan 8, 2009
what are the requirements for glide/clearance in using the wingsuit? Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
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Jan 8, 2009
trundlebum wrote:
It must be a hard skill to develop. Are those indoor flight centers of any use for training, or simply novelty ?


Some people are just born for it. I was a nordic ski jumper for 11 years so I have no problem sticking my neck into the wind.

Wind Tunnels are fun, but they can't simulate the horizontal aspect of wingsuiting. They are more of a traditional skydiving training tool.
Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Oct 26, 2006
396 points
Jan 8, 2009
Mark Nelson wrote:
what are the requirements for glide/clearance in using the wingsuit?


You need about 900 feet of clean, vertical terrain to get started, then all the talus you can fly.
Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
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