Joe Frickin' Friday Posted January 26, 2013 Share Posted January 26, 2013 Wingsuits have evolved over the past 20 years to the point where users have pretty impressive glide ratios and maneuverability. Although the concept of risk homeostasis is somewhat controversial, we've seen its principles in action in skydiving: as the equipment has become more reliable, the users have offset that reduction in risks by attempting riskier behaviors. The same phenomenon appears to be true for wingsuit flight. Witness in which a group of wingsuit users engage in extreme feats of "proximity flying," flying dangerously close to ground objects. If they misjudge their available glide ratio (compared to the slope of the ground beneath them), or if they clip an object, it's likely they won't be able to pop their parachute in time for a safe landing. Jeb Corliss is famous for this kind of stuff, and he blew it once, breaking several bones in his legs in in South Africa. Makes motorcycling seem tame... Link to comment
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