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Wingsuit Progression Series

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A 4-part series by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss covering WS skydiving, from your First Flight Course through Exits, WS skydives and Safety. Here are links to all four articles:

Part 1 – First Flight Course

What should be covered in your first flight course – checklist of essential knowledge…

Your FFC here


Part 2 – WS Exits from the Plane

Exit order, and things that should be considered when mixing groups. Exit technique, something that lots of experienced pilots are still getting wrong, and a source of much stress for DZs…

WS Exits here


Part 3 – A Wingsuit Skydive from Start to Finish

Things to think about from after exit, until breakoff. Flying with others…

A Wingsuit Skydive here


Part 4 – Making it Back (alive and well)

Avoiding the main causes of Wingsuit fatalities: mid-air collisions, off landings, cutaways and interaction with canopies…

Making it Back Alive here


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Meet: Matt Gerdes

Matt logged over 1200 safe BASE jumps (mostly wingsuit flights in the Alps, where he opened a few new lines). He is the author of the BASE Book. Matt podiumed at Red Bull Aces 2015, finished top five in 2016, was 2016 WOWS Distance champion and 3rd in Speed. He is the co-founder of SQRL equipment (www.squirrel.ws), Next Level Flight (www.nextlevel.ws), and is a FAA rated pilot.

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