Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In the news (tragically): Wingsuit flying

Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/18/2015)

Way too edgy for me.  (I'll stick with my flying dreams.)
The deaths of Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, were a stunning loss and another reminder of the narrow margin for error in the death-defying pursuit of wingsuit flying, a more dangerous offshoot of BASE jumping - parachuting off buildings, antennas, spans (such as bridges) and Earth.

Potter and Hunt were experienced manipulating their suits for a thrilling 100 mph ride just inches from rock walls and treetops before deploying their parachutes.

Like anyone who chases the rush, they also knew the hazards of a wrong move or gust of wind.

Wingsuits area available here in beginner (from $1050), intermediate, advanced, experienced, and expert (from $1800) styles.

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