WINGSUIT PRESS FAQ

 
What is a wingsuit
A wingsuit is a suit with inflatable ram-air wings between the arms and legs.
They form an aerodynamic profile that generates lift, similar to an airplane wing.

This enables a wingsuit to fly with a glide ratio 3, meaning 3 meters forward for every meter down.
A typical skydive is made from an altitude of 4 KM, with the parachute being deployed at 1 KM.
This allows a wingsuit to fly a horizontal distance of around 8 to 9 KM.
 
How long does a wingsuit skydive last
A normal freefall skydive without a wingsuit lasts around 60 seconds.
In a wingsuit this will be around 2 to 2,5 minutes.
 
How long does a wingsuit BASE jump last
Most BASE jumps are made from lower altitude than skydives.
The duration and distance flown fully depends on the altitude of the jump.
Typical wingsuit BASE jumps are anywhere between 20 to 90 seconds.
 
How fast does a wingsuit fly
A wingsuit typically will fly around 140 to 160 KM/H forward.
When diving down, speeds can increase up to 300 KM/H.
Leveling out from a steep high speed dive, a wingsuit can briefly gain positive lift.
Climbing 10 to 25 meters in altitude. This move is often referred to as a flare
When was wingsuit flying invented
Modern day wingsuit flying was invented in 1994 by French champion skydiver Patrick DeGayardon
He was the first one to use ram-air inflatable wings and parachute fabric, creating a true wing generating lift.

In the early 1930 / 1940 there where notable pioneers
such French Leo Valentin and American Clem Sohn
who experimented with various rigid and fabric winged designs.
The skydiving gear used in those days was not as safe as modern day designs,
which made their exploits a lot more dangerous than skydiving is today.
In the years between 1940 and 1994 there have been several others who experimented
with winged suit designs. 
Media often quotes a fabricated number of 72 wingsuit pilots of which only 2 are alive today.
In reality there are no statistics or accident reports that validate those claims
 
Is wingsuit flying an official sport
The ISC / FAI officially recognized wingsuit flying as a sport in 2015
There is an annual world championship in wingsuit Performance Flying and Wingsuit Acrobatics
 
What are the current world records in wingsuit flying
Longest Wingsuit Skydive - 9 Minutes 6 Sec. - Jonathan Florez - 20 April 2012
Longest Indoor Wingsuit Flight - 6 Hours 29 Minutes 41 Sec. - Jarno Cordia - 7 January 2018
Fastest Wingsuit Skydive - Travis Mickle - 325 km/h - 6 November 2017 
Longest Distance Wingsuit Skydive - Kyle Lobpries - 30.4 km - 30 May 2016
Wingsuit Acro (Longest Sequence) - 26 Grips - FlyLikeBrick WS Team - 27 Aug 2017
 

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