How Willing Are You To Try Wingsuit Flying And Experience Human Flight?
by John M. White |
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Wingsuit flying is the sport of wearing special clothing called a "wingsuit" which gives the human body some additional lifting surface allowing the wearer to fly through the air at very high speeds and to experience an exhilarating flying experience. In the late 1990s wingsuits were developed by adding fabric between the wearers' legs and under their arms which provided enough lift to allow humans to fly. Similar to the way flying squirrels are configured, wingsuits are complimented with a canopy parachute which can be deployed once the wingsuit flyer unzips the arm wings to allow safe operation of the skydiving parachute.
Wingsuit World Champion Flying
Wingsuit World Champion Espen Fadnes and Project Managers Goovinn team up again for "SPLIT OF A SECOND" after last year's film "SENSE OF FLYING", this time for an up close, personal look at Espen's thoughts and motives behind flying and some never-before-seen footage of human flight. Turn up the volume, like and share if you love it!
Split Of A Second
Sense Of Flying
Wingsuit flying involves freefalling from either an aircraft, helicopter or a cliff, but the wingsuit flyer needs to be very careful because avoiding the aircraft slipstream and extending their arms and legs at the correct time to avoid hitting the aircraft because of the initial airspeed upon exiting the aircraft. This is not a problem when falling from a cliff where a vertical drop is required to accelerate to an airspeed where lift is generated. A wingsuit modifies the wearers' body area to increase lift with respect to body drag and attain a glide ration of 2.5 or more. In other words for every foot of drop the wingsuit glider gains 2 1/2 feet in forward motion. Body shape manipulation can help the pilot maneuver; however, because there is no vertical component to the suit there is little yaw damping so poor technique can result in a dangerous spin which may be hard to stop. Wingsuit flying normally ends with a parachute opening bringing the wingsuit flyer safely back to earth.