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Nope! Looks like fun, though.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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It looks like Rocky the Squirrel!
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Yes, but technically it's not flying. The illusion and the experience are probably awesome.
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I've posted about this twice before. It seems wonderful and spectacular, but it is crazy-dangerous.

Listen to this TED talk (with video) by the late Ueli Gegenschatz, who died from a base jump just a few months after his talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/ueli_gegenschat......ing.html
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Gegenschatz died jumping for a Red Bull promo. I wonder if that makes them responsible for his death...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I'm an active skydiver with 800 jumps under my belt. I've flown wing suits in the past. Not my forte, but an awesome experience nonetheless. Just an FYI, you need a minimum of 200 skydives before flying a wingsuit. It's a lot different than your average skydive.
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Back in 1979, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine ran a story about a guy who was hired to help a problem on a space station.

The station had a "zero gravity" area in the center of the rotating tube and it dawned on the managers of the station that this would be an idea place for a flying area if they could just get the wings to work properly. So they hired a tailor to design better wings.

The tailor's idea was to scrap the wings completely and opt for a "dolphin style" flying suit very similar to what is being used here.

Can't imagine using it in a one-g gravity field!

Here's a copy of the cover showing how the artist imagined the suit.

http://www.amazon.com/Asimovs-Science-Fi......019LX61O
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On 2012-12-04 14:58, Corey K wrote:
I'm an active skydiver with 800 jumps under my belt. I've flown wing suits in the past. Not my forte, but an awesome experience nonetheless. Just an FYI, you need a minimum of 200 skydives before flying a wingsuit. It's a lot different than your average skydive.


Is that enforceable? Also, do you do a lot of plane dives with the wingsuit before you ever do a basejump?
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http://xtremesport4u.com/extreme-air-spo......-flyers/

All extreme sports are dangerous, some more than others, and wingsuit flying and BASEjumping probably the most dangerous of all. We found this little list of statistics on fatalities in extreme sports over the past 5 years per 1,000 participants. Anyone with an ambition to climb K2 might take note of these figures too!


Skydiving: 3.3
Base Jumping: 44
Hang Gliding/Paragliding: 3.8
Summiting K2: 104
ATV Riding: 0.5
Scuba Diving: .06
Snowboarding: .05

Although wingsuit flying is not on the list (there is probably not enough data to work with yet) it is probably somewhere between skydiving and BASEjumping. It is an interesting aside, though, that fatality rates were very high during the developmental period for this extreme sport. Between 1930 and 1961, 71 out of 75 people died trying to perfect a wingsuit.
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Maybe in my younger and dumber days.
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On 2012-12-03 10:04, Tom Cutts wrote:
Yes, but technically it's not flying. The illusion and the experience are probably awesome.



It's falling ........ With style! Smile
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On the BASE jump thing .....

I heard on the morning news this week that the worlds highest suspension bridge has opened. I wonder ow long it will be before its base is jumped and I looses it's platform cherry?
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Yes, it's very enforceable. It may not seem like it to outsiders but the sport of skydiving is heavily regulated. Also, yeah, you have to do lots of wingsuit skydives before considering throwing yourself off of a cliff with one. The margin for error is a lot smaller, and with a BASE jump, there is no reserve parachute.
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I'm a skydiver also. Haven't had the opportunity to try a wingsuit but I love to open high (@ 13,000) and fly around the OUTSIDE of clouds.
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Wingsuits are sooo passe.

You want kicks, try this:

http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/5/11/8......loon-boy
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Wow that is cool.

Like gambling with your life for thrill.
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How in the world does this contraption not produce enough heat to cook the pilot? Anyone?
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"I'm not playing with death; I'm playing with life."

Keep playing, wherever you are and whatever you do.

(That said, two other things: Magnus has a point. Second, the dude is crazy. Just like Uuli Gegenschatz.)

Thanks for the link, Balducci. And the Dubai Tourism Agency.
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I would never play with gravity.
Dubai must be the place to go for thrills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7SRYUN5o9w
and this video is just jumping, not flying.
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