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Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors By Matt Gerdes   (Feb 2020) Features

Wingsuits add massive amounts of potential to skydives. A wingsuit flyer is able to fly farther and at much higher horizontal speeds than is possible on any other type of jump.

Wingsuit Progression Part Four: Making It Back Alive And Well By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Sep 2018) Homepage People Features

Wingsuit flying is complicated and requires a significant amount of training, education, practice and dedication. It isn’t something you can just do a little here and there and still do it well. It deserves respect and your full attention. Your life is on the line, along with the lives of others. A wingsuit skydive presents many opportunities to make fatal errors. And don’t kid yourself about the risks to others: If you mess up in this sport, you can kill someone. It has happened before.

Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Aug 2018) Homepage Features

After exiting properly for your wingsuit skydive (covered in “Wingsuit Progression—Part Two: Exits,” July Parachutist), you still have the rest of your jump ahead of you. All skydives require planning and careful execution, but wingsuit skydives require just a little extra.

Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Jul 2018) Homepage Features

The subject of wingsuit exits—specifically, in what order wingsuit flyers should exit and how to conduct the exits—seems to cause a lot of confusion and worry among wingsuit flyers themselves, as well as other jumpers at the DZ. Much of this confusion and worry can be resolved by simply doing a little pre-planning before boarding the aircraft.  

Wingsuit Progression Part 1: What You Should Learn In Your First Flight Course By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss   (Jun 2018) Homepage Features

It sounds like a lot when you don’t yet have them. But in reality, 200 skydives is not that many. And in some cases, it’s not enough to prepare the jumper for the added complexity of flying a wingsuit, which adds risk and reduces comfort during almost every phase of a jump from exiting the plane to deploying the parachute.

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