Wingsuit – free aeronautics
Since antiquity, man has dreamed of flying, and even with the advent of airplanes, the relevance of the ancient desire has not diminished at all. But the world is constantly improving, and today the human dream has practically become a reality. To feel like a free bird, you only need to dress in a special costume equipment Wingsuit and rush, spreading its wings, in free flight.
Wingsuit is a fabric suit that simulates wings. To date, flights in this suit belong to a special type of parachute jumps. Wingsut forms 3 forms of wings in the air (in the arms and between the legs), which allows a person to control his flight. Two-layer material is inflated by means of ascending air flow through the air intakes, which creates lift for movement. High pressure in the wings forms the missing rigidity, thanks to which the wings are easily held by the hands. All this allows the ancient human dream to come true and feel like a bird.
Before the jump, the athlete on any aircraft goes to a height of 4 km, from where he is overwhelmed with desire and adrenaline rushes down at a speed of about 180 km / h. Managing this costume requires good training and experience, so it is recommended to start with at least 200 regular parachute jumps. Nevertheless, lovers of this air art, who are not deterred by the pretty decent cost of the kit ($ 5000), are already quite a few today.
In total, at least 75 people have already died trying to invent the optimal design of the wing “bat”. High mortality, as a result, caused the ban imposed by the US Parachuting Federation (USPA) on any tests of this type of wings. This ban lasted until the end of the 80s, and in the mid-90s, the pings scheme was in place for the first time. After some time, the wingsuit took shape in one of the types of skydiving, embodying all the best from sky surfing and base jumping.
In 1998, the inventors Jari Kuosma and Robert Pechnik finally managed to develop a safe sky surfing model. They founded the company “BirdMan, Inc.”, which headed for the massive promotion of wingsuit and did not regret about it. At the moment there are several types of suits suits:
– Classic, designed for beginners;
– GTI – medium level;
– Skyflyer, focused on advanced athletes.
All three models are equipped with a special quick disconnect mechanism that allows you to select an arbitrary flight mode. The membranes between the legs are also detachable, – this provides freedom of movement at the time of landing. To catch the wind and create cravings, the basejamper needs to manipulate his body. The main goal is to minimize the speed of the fall and extend the sweetness of the flight from the enjoyment of the surrounding fantastic views. The suit is controlled by changing the position of the body or increasing (decreasing) the angle of incidence.
It is worth noting that modern designs of costumes are constantly being finalized to combine jumps in a wingsuit with sky surfing or tailoring the costume for base jumping from various points. The fashion model is a jet engine that connects to the wingsuit. However, this innovation has not yet received such a massive move and is at the testing stage.