Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Mirko sent us a photo of the latest issue of the German Technology Review Magazine.
It features a great explanation on the inner and outer workings and construction of a PF Vampire 3 wingsuit. With some great graphics, supplied by Mirko himself (who is a graphic designer). Especialy for Wingsuitnews.com, he also sent us a small sample of the source image he supplied to the magazine.
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The official trailer: With more than 10,000 jumps and several world records, including the fastest free fall speed, Cani is a test pilot for developing new materials and technology, recognized for his daring Wing-Suit stunts. He is also a precise athlete in many other adventure sports. His experience as an action scenes director for his own stunts has been broadcasted by some of the major TV shows in America and Brazil.Check it out!
Birdman has announced a new wingsuit in their november newsletter, the Blade 2, with a new rigging system (the same zipper system that FlyYourBody/Sfly, Tony Suits and Phoenix-Fly use), a new cutaway system, new inlets, bigger deflector, bigger legwing, and many other changes.
See the complete description and more pictures at their online store.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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The Guardian - Rocket Man brought down to earth
Daily Star - Yves Rossy's rocket bird fails
Telegraph.co.uk - Fusionman’s adventure meets watery end
Hamburger Abendblatt - Raketenmann landet im Atlantik
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Yves Rossy (aged 50 year), the Swiss Pilot better known as 'rocket man', attempted to fly from Tangier (North Africa) to a beach in southern Spain (Europe). Crossing the straight of Gibraltar.
The plan was to jump out at 6,500 feet, deploying the wings and activating the engine, then fly at up to 180mph, with a flying time of 15 minutes.
Sadly he ran into trouble halfway into his crossing, and ended up landing in the sea, where he was resqued by helicopter.
Metro UK - Rocket Man' Yves Rossy crashes into sea as crossing flops
Straight of Gibraltar Crossing - Video (prior to the attempt)
English Channel Crossing - Video
This was supposed to have been a relaxed four-way dock. We dirt dived as such. Justin changed his mind at some point and attempted to do scary rolls. Scary Rolls don't work so well on someone who doesn't want to be rolled.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Monday, November 23, 2009
The guys from team Ill Vision just uploaded some 1st person POV's on the recent US bigway event. Some really nice shots from the left wing of the formation.
Check it out!
and a fun (non wingsuit) bonus video from the same guys, showing some fun on the ground at Lake Elsinore, flying an RC plane with a small videocamera around the DZ.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Though incorrectly labeling it a world record (ignoring the 71 way flown to the same criteria a year ago), the online paper MyValleyNews.com wrote a nice (whuffo oriented)
article on the recent (USPA) 68 way wingsuit record which was set at Lake Elsinore (USA) last week by a large team of international flyers.
Check it out here
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
After initial reports about Ueli Gegenschatz being seriously hurt, due to a public basejumping demo gone bad, we are sorry to report that the injuries sustained have ended up costing him his life.
Everyone who knew him always spoke kindly on his lack of a big ego, upbeat attitude and how nice and accesable a person he was. And looking back at his career in BASEjumping, he has the most impressive resume one could ask for.
Several local news websites reported on his accident, and slowly the mainstream media is catching onto the news of his passing.
Ueli was quite a famous person in wingsuit flying and BASE, and over the years has done many amazing flights and media promotion for both himself and the sport. For those who dont know him that well, here is a brief selection of articles and media mentions on Ueli:
TED Talk Ueli talking about his sport, and the urge to fly
World Base Race - Interview & promotional item
Red Bull AirRace Barcelona - 2009 Wingsuit demo
Wingsuit Flyer Faster than Speeding Plane - Wingsuit vs Airplane race
TV item - Interview and footage
Ride the Planets - wingsuit flying
The Swiss TV channel Schweizer Fernsehen: Video has a long TV item and interviews on the World Base Race, and wingsuit BASE in general.
Long, but definately worth watching!
Check it out here!
Be sure to check out all parts of the episode!
Roch also has a video on the tallest BASEjump in the world, jumping from the top of the East Face of Meru Peak, at 6600 meter .
Check that one out by clicking here
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The group of flyers who flew with Steve in a 68 way wingsuit formation past week, are planning a 58 way memorial jump tomorrow to celebrate his life.
Requiem for a Wingsuiter
On November 11, 2009, the wingsuiting community lost one of its greatest and most unsung contributors. Earlier in the day, Steve Harrington had joined with dozens of other wingsuiters to set the US record for largest flock: a 68-way slot perfect design. On the last load of the day – a fun jump to celebrate that success – tragedy occurred when he struck the tail of the aircraft on exit.
Steve started skydiving in 1991, when he first went through AFF on a whim with his twin brother. Steve continued on in the skydiving world, when his twin drifted out of the sport. Despite his love for jumping, over time, his skydiving started to decrease. “I hadn’t made a lot of jumps in the preceding five or six years due to work commitments, recovery from a skiing accident, buying new home, and getting married,” he once remarked. All that turned around when he discovered wingsuiting. “Wingsuiting made me realize what I was missing; it just made me feel alive again,” he said. Steve co-founded Flock University because he loved wingsuiting and wanted to share that love and enthusiasm with other skydivers. That effort was just another manifestation of his quiet and unassuming – but consistently friendly and positive – manner. He was “one of those jumpers that you looked forward to seeing on the plane every time,” a friend wrote. “He always had a warm smile, welcoming attitude, and a keen eye for jumper safety.”
Steve was a trailblazer both in the sky and in his personal life. Steve married his partner, Adam, in one of the first same-sex marriages conducted following its legalization in Massachusetts. “My spouse is now in medical school – I guess that makes us a ‘power couple’ – a doctor and business professional”, Steve once joked.
He often remarked that skydiving has made him a more “complete” and “confident” person. “Friends at work always ask me about recent jumps and travels,” he once said. “They say their lives are boring in comparison, and they’re jealous... But they also say they are jealous that I am not tied down to a nagging wife,” he added with a smile.
A friend wrote, “Steve was always in a good mood, always positive – he lived his life the way he wanted to. He was a true and genuine human being. He was part of the reason we had so much fun jumping our wingsuits.” Another commented, “He touched many lives... We are all truly honored who got to share the air with him. He will not be forgotten...”
All of us at Flock University mourn Steve’s loss, and we all extend our deep condolences to Adam and Steve’s family.
Blue Skies, Steve... Fly free.
Steven Harrington (November 25, 1968 to November 11, 2009).
Congratulations to all the men and women who flew a 68 way wingsuit formation, in full compliance to the current USPA rules.
The formation sadly didnt pass the previous 71 way formation from 2008, which was flown to the same grid specification. But officialy, its the first recognised bigway of its kind. So congratulations to everyone involved!
A short POV video Danish skydiver Bo Weinberg posted on the record jump
Allong with the good news on the event, also some sad news.
As during one of the jumps at the event, just shortly after the completed bigway, one of the flyers appearantly hit the tail of the aircraft and (dispite a cypres activation) didnt survive the injuries sustained.
There are some news reports online on the accident, which can be found here and here.
For more in depth discussion on the accident, check this thread on dropzone.com
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Co-hosts Steve Weiss & Philip Bloom open up with some witty banter, including a view jibes on fashion choices. Next, they critique 4 new shorts: an underground music video, an insane crazy-dangerous wing-suit base jumping, and Trash the Dress Bridal: a couture video highlighting a bride rolling in the sea. The webisode ends with a critique on "A Short Love Story in Stop Motion," one of the most viewed videos on Vimeo.Check it out!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, brought a steady flow of wingsuiters to Lake Elsinore, with every color and brand possible represented. From as far away as Finland, Russia, the UK, South America, Italy, and many other countries represented, this is truly an international event. Flocks could be seen from the ground of various sizes, including a 16 way formation. All in all, it’s been a wingsuit day, even with the large number of British Royal Engineers on the grounds for their AFF and license instruction.
Both Otters were flying at times, and loads are turning fast. Packers on the mat packing furiously, it makes me wonder what’s going to happen when the wingsuit event gets going for real on Monday.
Gilead I, of Tel Aviv, Israel, did his First Flight Course today, and did exceptionally well. It was surprising to see him in immediate control of fall rate and navigation. On his second jump, he was able to dock and punch the suit hard and far.
On a personal note, I truly feel like I’ve arrived back in the world of wingsuiting. Justin Shorb, Scott Callantine, and Andreea Olea (some of my closest wingsuiting friends) did a four way jump with me, with Michal flying video above us. Justin and I twice took docks, but a rapid spin started with both.
The real fun came when break off occurred and we realized we were more than two miles south of the dropzone. We all punched it out hard towards the DZ, only to realize there was simply no way we were going to make it back. The four of us landed in a football field where young men were practicing their game. Scott, Justin, and I all put down on the 50 yard line; Scott swooped from the end zone to the 50. Andrea put it down smoothly on the 30 yard line. We laughed like kids as we gathered up our canopies, and a couple passers-by picked us up in the parking lot for the drive back to the DZ.
What great fun it was, and being with these close friends meant the world to me. It’s still a deep concern being on the healing road and skydiving, but I wouldn’t trade this moment for anything in the world.
We finished the night with a group of us discussing the grid method of measurement for records vs other more ambitious and less creatively controlled methods of flying, where skydivers decide their spacing vs a drawn square. Thinking “outside the box” has a potential for breaking the infant gridlock that we’re currently experiencing as a community. More on this topic later.
It was a great day, a great time on the Elsinore dropzone. And an even better day landing on the 50 yard line of the local high school.
As promised, more media coverage of the Elsinore event which is starting today, this time provided by TV station CBS2/KCAL9. A short blurb of typical whuffo text about how crazy we all are, but it's the item that was aired on TV that's more interesting to watch. Phil Peggs provided in the air footage for the item and is quoted, as are organizer Taya Weiss and participant Duncan Wright.
Read the article and watch the video here.
UK newspaper websites Mail Online and The Sun both have an article on Heather Swan, Australian wingsuit BASE jumper. Check it out for some really nice pictures of her and her husband jumping from a peak of Mt Meru in Tanzania (the peak is at 6.6km above sea level! 21600ft!). And yes, they have snow in Africa, in case you were wondering.
Read the article at Mail Online here and The Sun here.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Matt Hoover has just announced his wingsuit photography book on his website.
Check it out!
My first wingsuit photography book is now available. Call it a coffee table book or a photobook, if you prefer. Years in the making, it includes a collection of my favorite photos taken from 2006 through 2009.
Inside, you will find over 100 full color photos on pages measuring 8x10 inches. Eye candy includes cloudscapes from Florida and Texas, sunsets from all over, tropical blue-green ocean glimpses from Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys, deployments, exits, and wingsuit formations from popular events at Zephyrhills, Pepperell, Elsinore, etc.
Douglas survived a bad landing accident, over half a year ago, and set himself the goal of being back in the air November 1st 2009.
And for sure, we fastforward half a year to today, and he is back in the air, and flying a wingsuit.
Douglas is at Lake Elsinore right now, reporting on the bigway event, and also around for anyone wanting to make some fun wingsuit jumps(flights;).
Welcome to the flock!!
Click here to go to the blog DSE is updating daily!
Area newspaper The Press Enterprise has a story and some pictures, probably the first of many to come, on the record attempt at Skydive Elsinore next week.
Read the complete article here.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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