Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PhoenixFly Proximity Flying Course


Phoenix-Fly just posted details on their new revolutionairy wingsuit basejump proxomity flying course, aimed at people without any base and/or skydive experience.

To register and have a chance at a FREE slot, quickly check here

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Little Bit of CHAOS

Andrew Karnowski uploaded a new video to his YouTube account today.

Check it out!

Wingsuits at 2:15

Wallstreet says...


Hope you all had a good weekend, we are ready for your videos...!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Coupe Icare 2008

A new video on a wingsuit demo at the Coupe Icare 2008 appeared on Skydivingmovies.com today.

Check it out!

MikeSteen.com

Mike Steen updated his Vimeo account today with several videos on his Paragliding and wingsuit adventures. Awesome stuff.

Check it out!

2007 Promo



FlyPa Festival 2008



BaWu Airgames 2008



Christmas 2006



BaWu 2007 & Lauterbrunnen


Maxico 2007

sad news

The BASE, Wingsuit and Skydive community has lost one of its great motivators today.

Shane McConkey passed away after a wingsuit related BASE accident.
For more on Shane and who he was, check the various articles popping up everywhere.

ESPN
Fanhouse Outdoors
RightPundits.com
rgj.com

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just a normal sunday

Chris posted a nice video on his YouTube account on some wingsuitjumps he made with friends in Locarno (Swiss).

Check it out!

Cruising in the GTi

Andrew Garcia from the United States posted a video on one of his practice jumps on a GTi wingsuit.

Check it out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Safety article on dropzone.com by Jarno

It's not really wingsuited related news, but since our own Jarno Cordia wrote the article, I think we can post it here.

The article is about people rushing into things with skydiving when they should be taking their time learning the skills they need to safely progress and take on new challenges like video, bigways, wingsuits, and smaller canopies.

Read it here

JuJu's 2nd wingsuit jump

A new video appeared on Skydivingmovies.com today.

Its JuJu making his 2nd flight on an Acces wingsuit.

Check it out!

Acro over Castellon

Painted1982 uploaded a video to his YouTube account on a 2 way wingsuit jump over Castellon, Spain.
Moving wingsuit Pixels! You know we love em!

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ueli Gegenschatz on TV

Swiss wingsuit flyer Ueli ' Sputnik' Gegenschatz was a guest on a TV talkshow, and explained the host and audience a bit about wingsuit basejumping.

Check it out

How low can you go...

With the recent stream of videos on wingsuit base, and things all going as planned.
A small collection of older videos where things didnt go exactly as planned, but just good enough not to end in misery.

Note: Aside from scratches, broken bones and a few lifes lessons on mortality learnt, no fatal accidents are in these videos





video
Russian lowpull, resulting in broken bones


video
Miles Dasher goes low on a wingsuit BASEjump.


video
French jumper goes low

Ice Scream



And another film from the Nissan Outdoor Games has made it online.

Check it out.

Nissan Outdoor Games - Ice Scream
(Wingsuit at 3:30)



Earlier posts on the Nissan Outdoor Games:
Wingsuits in the Media
Nissan Outdoor Games 2009
Nissan Outdoor Games 2009 - Insomnia

Tiger does...

Tiger uploaded a collection of videos to his Vimeo account today.

Check em out!

Sevilla Wingsuiting



Tiger goes wild with friends wingsuiting



Tiger goes base in Monte Brento
(Wingsuit flyby at 7:20)

Monday, March 23, 2009

90percent.it - 100percent wingsuit

Justin Shorb of Flock University just notified us that the Italian (online) skydive magazine 90 percent just put the latest issue of its magazine online.

This month they are running a wingsuit covershot, and article (page 29) on the wingsuit flying that happened at the Puerto Rico Freefall Fest, just a few weeks ago.

The magazine features wingsuit pictures by acclaimed wingsuit pilots and photographers Matt Hoover and Scotty Burns.

Go to the website, or click here to download the pdf.

Enjoy!

Note: Justin is accidently labeled Justin Schorb in the article, but he ensured us his last name was Shorb. Just so you know :)

MattHoover.com video gallery update


Matt Hoover has given his website a massive overhaul in the video section.

Matt is one of the best videographers in the wingsuit community, and his videos are always worth watching.
All his videos are now viewable in streaming HD flash, so be sure to check em out of you havent already.

Click here for instant entertainment!

Get to the Choppah!

Sam from Canada just uploaded a 'cool' video on a winter chopper jump in a wingsuit to his YouTube account.

Check it out!

Friday, March 20, 2009

UK press


British newspaper the Daily Telegraph has a cool little article about the Bird-Man Top Gun skyflying team. The articles interviews Mark Harris and touches on various topics. As with nearly all mass media articles, it's aimed at the whuffo public but is well written. Read it here.

the British newspaper The Sun runs a copy of the article on its website as well.

Check it out!

If you want more info about wingsuit flying, contact us at Flylikebrick@gmail.com

Mannlichen FlyBy - The Pictures

Through our newssubmit, we recieved an email from Bob Park with a photo and a short story. He had been present at the flyby past Mannlichen, which by now has received quite a lot of attention due to potential actions against such jumps by the town major. For the people present at the event, it must have been an amazing visual though.

Check it out!


Text and photo by Bob Park

I went up to the Mannlichen with Jokke and also my wife, Denise, the morning of the jump - perfect day with just a gentle breeze -helped the guys get into their suits and watched them leave on the helicopter. You could only just see the helicopter before they jumped against the bright blue sky. My camera autofocus couldn't cope with the small size so the first 2 pics are out of focus. They seemed to travel slowly at first until they got closer and then they went past the lip of the cliff like a rocket!! Jokke shouted - something - but it was lost in the sound of them flashing past. So fast it was over before most people at the bar had time to realize what was happening. I didn't get much of an impression as I was making sure I kept the camera panning with them and working the zoom. This was the second time they jumped over the Mannlichen.

Earlier articles on this subject:
Attack the crack!
Grindelwald wants to limit BASE jumping

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flock U Events added to calendar


Since today is a bit of a slow news day, I thought I'd let everyone know that Justin Shorb of Flock U sent us a huge list of events that they're organizing this year and I've added them to the World Wide Wingsuit Events calendar.

The calendar is a Google calendar, meaning you can subscribe to it in various ways. Using the iCalendar format, you can subscribe to it in Apple iCal, Google Calendar or even MS Outlook. You can even just bookmark a plain old web page. Let us know if you have any difficulty doing this.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Belle Vue

Justin Shorb uploaded a video he shot with a Bellymount to the Sky2 Vimeo account.

Check it out!


Easy To Fly

EasyToFly.it posted a video on YouTube today, with some nice Italian skies filled with wingsuit pilots, set to a groovy tune.

Note: This is also the dropzone where the next wingsuit competition will be held.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wingsuit Flying in Lodi with Dominic and Rigger Pete

And during our daily rounds on the Tubes, we scored another set of moving wingsuit pixels. This time its some 3 way flying at Lodi (USA).

Check it out.

Sunset Shuttle Launch Wingsuit Jump

Jeff Nebelkopf posted a new video on his Vimeo channel, on a flocking jump during the most recent Space Shuttle launch.

Check it out!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Adrenaline Geeks taking it easy in 2008...



It's a Sunday morning, the weather is beautiful outside and like any self respecting skydiver, i'm still in bed surfing on my lap top.

Why? Because my rig needs a repack and I have no jump money, but enough of my sad tales of woe. This is a blog about those that can afford to jump...!

So, with that in mind, the morning news wires have pulled up this new trailer for the Adrenaline Geeks 2008 video. Expect lots of cool BASE jumping, wingsuit proximity flying, a really long clip of trucks driving to nowhere and an interesting wingsuit exit... all in one feature length trailer.

Click here to see the video

Enjoy!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Greek Wingsuiting


Our daily search for wingsuit news in the mass media dug up this funny little article written in Greek, an introduction to wingsuiting for whuffo's. If you're bored and want to read some mangled English (the article is translated by Google Translate), you can do so here.

Foxy Red Bull Air Force

Just like the energizer bunny, these Red Bull Air Force guys seem unstoppable.

Fox News over in the good old US of A have just done a short interview with some of the 'battalion' talking about what makes them tick and the kind of things they get up to - including wingsuit ski BASE knife juggling fire eating...

Check it out the full story here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Article on Tim Emmet



In a similar vein to an earlier story we posted, a local Sussex website has a story about Tim Emmet and his adventures in wingsuit BASE. Read it here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

2009 Boogie Roundup - Part II

And here is our bi-monthly update on all wingsuit boogies worldwide!
So many places to go! So many skies to fly!

If you have a boogie or event you would like to have added to the list, send an email to news@flylikebrick.com and we will ad it to the agenda. This news item will most likely be updated over the next one or two days as addional events come in.

All dates and info subject to change

Black-Mountain Phoenix Fly weekends
March 14-15, 2009 - ZWARTBERG BELGIUM
Coaching and Organsing FlyLikeBrick
click here for more information

Phoenix Fly Namibia event
march 26-30, 2009, SWAKOPMUND SKYDIVING CLUB NAMIBIA
KingAir 90, First Flight course and basic flocking by Steve Bartels

Jump the Balloon
March 28, 2009, HARFSEN, NETHERLANDS
Wingsuit jumps from HotAir Balloons (BASE gear allowed)
click here for more information

Z-Hills Flock & Dock 5.0
April 17-19, 2009 - ZEPHYRHILLS (FL) USA
click here for more information

Empuria Flock 2.0
April 27-May 3, 2009 EMPURIA BRAVA SPAIN
Organising by David Haygrath, Alejandro Lopez,
Jarno Cordia & Gustavo Cabana
click here for more information

WestCoast Wingsuits Lodi 20/20
May 1-3, 2009 - LODI USA
Organising by WestCoast Wingsuits
click here for more information

Soest Phoenix-Fly weekends
May 23-24, 2009 - SOEST GERMANY
Coaching and Organising Lutz Ludke & Jarno Cordia
click here for more information.

Bird-Man Midnight Flock 2009
June 10-14, 2009 - UTTI FINLAND
Organizing by Jari Kuosma & Mark Harris
Click here for more information

Ukraine wingsuit Boogie
June 22-2009, 2009 - BORO UKRAINE
Coaching and Organising Lutz Ludke & Jarno Cordia
click here for more information

CASA boogie
July 4-5, 2009 JUMPTOWN ORANGE MA USA
no additional information available

Chicagoland wingsuit weekend and independence day boogie
July 3-5, 2009 CHICAGOLAND, USA
Formation and sequential dives. All skill levels welcome.
Aircraft all weekend - S Otter, PAC750, Hot Air Balloon
click here for more information

Flock Utah Boogie
JULY 10-13, 2009 - SKYDIVE UTAH USA
Flocking and specialty (mountain) jumps.
Organising by Justin Shorb/Flock University
Click here for more information

Wings over Marl
July 17-19, 2009 - MARL GERMANY
click here for more information

Summerfest 2 Point 49 Way Wingsuit Formation
July 27-29, 2009 - SKYDIVE ELSINORE USA
Invitational bigway event

Twin Beech Boogie
August 1-2, 2009 - SKYDIVE UK ENGLAND
click here for more information

Pepperell CASA boogie
August 20-23, 2009 - PEPPERELL USA
no additional information available

Mountain Gravity - Wingsuit Edition
August 22-30, 2009 - AMBRI, SWITSERLAND
click here for more information

Soest Phoenix-Fly weekends
August 29-30, 2009 - SOEST GERMANY
Coaching and Organising Lutz Ludke & Jarno Cordia
click here for more information.

International Artistic Wingsuit Competition - 2nd Edition
September 11-13, 2009 TERNI ITALY
click here for more information

Wings over Granse Distance Competition
September 25-27, 2009 WINGS OVER GRANSE GERMANY
click here for more information.

Houston Wingsuit Demos
October 23-25, 2009 - HOUSTON (TX) USA
Invitational 30 way wingsuit demo, NASA
click here for more information

Wingsuit 100 way
November 7-14, 2009 — SKYDIVE ELSINORE USA
100 way formation attempt. For more information, check www.wingsuitworldrecord.com

Let the Good Times Roll!

RedBull updated their YouTube account a short compilation of some good times with the Red Bull Air Force.
Short snippets of wingsuits in there, so be sure to check it out if you're as big a fan of moving wingsuit pixels as we are!

Note: wingsuits at 1:49

Wiwa wingsuit prodigy

YouTube is having a fieldtrip with wingsuit videos today.
Silvia uploaded a video of 2 way wingsuit jumps, set to some good classic 80s rock!

Check it out!

Italian Wingsuit Jumps - The Mothership

And another video uploaded to The Tubes today!

Check it out!

Dont pester the Jester!

SkyJester updated his YouTube account today with 2 videos.
A compilation of jumps from the past season, and an old rodeo video from the archives.

Check it out!



Chamonix Heli Wing-suit Jump

Katie Schaitel updated her Vimeo account today and added a nice video of a wingsuit helicopter jump in Chamonix (as you may had guessed by the title of this post already:)

Not much more to see than 2 people climbing in and out of a chopper, but its moving wingsuit pixels, so we had to...

Check it out!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FlyTheLine2 - Teaser Trailer

Phoenix-Fly has just released its next DVD project, FlyTheLine2, and uploaded another (teaser) trailer to its YouTube account.

Check it out!

TonySuit Typhoon


Justin Shorb from TonySuit just posted some information on dropzone.com on their new wingsuit called the Typhoon.
(name subject to change)

For more information click here

Article on Chuck Berry in New Zealand


A New Zealand tv station has a quick story on their website about Chuck Berry and his jump from Terror Peak in New Zealand. We've covered it before on the blog, but this is a slightly different story. Read it here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

hop and pop

On the hunt for wingsuit pixels, I spotted this video, and actually found 'little old me' in there doing a hop & pop in a wingsuit.
Exit 4000ft, pull at 3000ft.

Check it out!

Note: Fast forward to 1:30 for the wingsuit stuff

YouTube Roundup!

Due to the busy weekend (good weather, jumping!), we didnt get to update the blog in our usual hourly fashion.

So here is a short roundup on the Tubes!

Namogel
posted a short Ozzie video on a (poised) 2 way C172/182 exit with wingsuit.


And Max posted more 2 way flying, this time in Italy, on his YouTube account


And last but not least, a brothers Gray FFC posted by OrgLawnDart.

Grindelwald wants to limit BASE jumping

An article in the swiss newspaper today, talks about a jump of which we posted video earlier.

Translation by christoph zimmerli:
Grindelwald wants to limit BASE jumping
skydivers provocate the people with risky wingsuitflights.

the president of the village of grindelwald wants to ban basejumping from helicopters when people are being endangered.

in corrrect terms its called "low pass". two weeks ago two BASEjumpers did such a flight at the männlichen, BE. they jumped from a helicopter with "wingsuits", special dresses that change freefall into horicontal flight, directed at a mountain-restaurant, turned off short before and disapppeared over the mountainridge in a couloir. they then proceeded flying along the mountainside. at the tightest spot the men were only 15ft above the ground and had only 6ft to the side of the rock. at a velocity of 250 km/h.

actually joakim sommer and dominik loyen wanted to do a second flight. but the pilot of the helicopter refused. "we didnt knew what the two were up to" says daniel sulzer, the manager of the helicopter transportation company. "such insane stunts are not our line of business".

"this shall not be"
the president of the village of grindelwald, emanuel schläppi, that saw a video of the flight on the internet, does not want to see this happening in his community ever again. "based on the video i have the impression that other people could have been endangered" says schläppi, "this shall not be". he considers to ban flights over public places and over people, if such flights would be repeated.

dominik loyen doesnt understand the reactions. "we've planned the project exactly" says the german, that tours throught the world as a feelancing adventurer. angle, exitpoint and route were carefully planned with the help of "google earth". friends of his were present on the ground and had warned tourists and asked them to leave the area. "we've ensured not to endanger anyone". he considers himself not to be a nutcase but a sportsman. 600 to 1000 skydives and around 100 basejumps the 40yrs old makes per year. the money he spends mostly on traveling he earns as a skydiving-instructor. asked if he valued his life less than others that wouldnt risk it on a daily basis he replied "quite the opposite in fact. i feel more alive and concious after jumping". but fact is that "BASEjumping and proximity flying", how flying close to the ground and mountainsides is called, are considered to be extreme sports (risk sports?). only last week two BASEjumpers died in the valais and in lauterbrunnen (BE). one of them was a friend of dominik loyen.

learning from accidents
"of course you make up your mind" says loyen. he'd ask himself what went wrong. "it sounds zynical, but we learn from the dead".

after calls for banning the activity in recent years after deaths occured on jumps, BASEjumping is accepted now in lauterbrunnen. one of the reasons being that the adrenaline-tourists bring some money.

2008 there were about 10'000 jumps in the valley, 23 ending in an accident, 3 of those fatal. "the sport became safer", says bruno durrer, who works as a paramedic for air glacier, and has rescued already lots of BASEjumpers. his team developed a special technique to rescue people from mountainsides, if they entangled with their parachutes. he doesnt object the sportsmen "we have a natural adventure topo, this should be used. they need the opportunity to find boundaries." durrer does not accept tough when while performing those activities other people are being endangered. "if you fly over a fully occupied restaurant, that has potential for desaster".

but dominik loyen already has other plans. next fall he wants to invite the 16 best BASEjumpers worldwide and fly with them from the eiger over the east ridge over to grindelwald. and if he refrains from flying over habitated areas, the village president wont stop him from doing so.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mental Floss Blog: 4 ways to fly


Another day, another article. Head over to the Mental Floss Blog and read the Article 4 ways to fly for the whuffo knowledge on wingsuits.

Base jumpers: The men who fall to earth



Times Online posted a nice article on the Kuala Lumpur BASEjumping event, and (of course) mentions wingsuits. click here to read

Friday, March 6, 2009

PR 2009 - CREW stack wingsuit flyby

This one slipped by us in the earlier updates, but better a few days late than never!



Sky2 productions posted a new video on the Sk2 Vimeo channel, showing several perspectives on a CREWstackwingsuitformationflyby (is that even a real word?).

Check it out!


adidas eyewear promo

Katie Schaitel posted a short Adidas eyewear promo on her Vimeo account, featuring some short snippets of wingsuit flying. Its not much, but its moving wingsuit pixels...so you know the drill...

Check it out!


Wingsuiting at Elsinore Feb '09

Brian Drake just posted a new video on his YouTube account.
Its a short but entertaining compilation of jumps made over skydive Elsinore over Februari last month.

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

FlyLikeBrick - Schaffen Playtime!

And finaly, a post where we didnt have to spend hours searching the net, as its our own creation :) A collection of shots from a fun day of flying with FlyLikeBrick and friends at Schaffen (Belgium).

Check it out!

Вореводин Глеб Wingsuits

And two brand new videos showed up on YouTube this morning!
80s music, MI8 choppers, Russians and wingsuits!
It doesnt get any better than this!

Check it out!



Red Bull Airforce - San Diego

A well known brand of engery drink has posted a lot of new videos on their YouTube account.

One of those new vidceos features the group of skydivers part of the Red Bull Airforce, and shows some awesome wingsuit/canopy flybys.

Check it out!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wytse flies his wingsuit

The simple title of this thread tell you exactly what you'll see when you press play on this YouTube video. Dutch jumper Wytse flies his wingsuit!

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

wingsuit jumps with Jeff

Josephine posted a video to her YouTube account, on two coached jumps she made with well known wingsuit pilot Jeff Nebelkopf.

Check it out!