Coping with Competition
Using competition butterflies to make your performance better, not worse...
Wingsuit flying is undoubtedly the sharp end of skydiving. Suit design and manufacture has created incredibly responsive flying machines. All benefits have their price, and the downside of an ultra high performance suit is, it's easy to lose control… as this video [below] of a very experienced wingsuiter (700 wingsuit jumps) shows.
We thank him for putting it online for everyone to learn from.
So this is what we call “The TankSlapper of the Sky”… So here Steve is flying along with Jason Moledzki at Skydive DeLand during the Wingsuit Speed Camp, head low, driving as fast as they can as they are nearing break-off…
Steve makes a small motion while checking his airspace that begins a slight gyroscopic rotation about both the Longitudinal and Vertical Axis which results in an unrecoverable spin. Steve does exactly the only thing that will get him to the ground safely; deploys and sacrifices his main canopy, chops and lands under his reserve in just about the only way you can get yourself out of this situation.
This video highlights some of the scenarios that one can encounter very easily when taking big suits to the max. Much longer in that spin and you’re close to G-LOC. Watch and learn kids, this is a great example of how to handle this situation [unrecoverable spin], should you ever find yourself in it. Great job to Steve for not dying and doing things just right. Now, let's hear it for Him!! Him!!! … Oh and Steve, where'd you learn to fly like that anyways?? ;-)
Seems like a great spot to lose control of a wingsuit, don't you think?! [4,600 feet]
This is what it looked like from my position:
The spin is caused by rolling his left shoulder and arm to low, getting air on the top, and then keeping it there. The thing that made it ‘unrecoverable’ was the fact he brought his knees in and ‘de-arched’ turning the rolls into a flat spin on his back (which you can see from his POV angle) The correct recovery position ‘IMHO’ and from my personal experience is, BANANA, BANANA, BANANA!!!
Just like a tandem side spin recovery, the pilot should close their legs together and straighten them removing the wing from the air, also close the arms tight to the sides of the body, closing the wings and putting your hands near the main deployment handles. Then “ARCH LIKE FUCK” while yelling “BANANA, BANANA, BANANA!!” like your fucking life depends on it!
Obviously articles on the web are for information purposes only. Anyone jumping a wingsuit for the first time should take a first flight course to be fully prepared