This is the same helicopter that we jumped at the Key's Boogie in November and yesterday in Georgia (ASC-Cedartown). Like most helicopters the downward thrust from the blades really effects wingsuit exits.
While it is fun to wing it from a heli, what do you guys think of using a heli exit to practice BASE flights? I've heard pros and cons but think any experience gained from the lack of forward flight is offset from the blade thrust.
...do you guys think of using a heli exit to practice BASE flights?
Why not just use an elevator?
I've never jumped a helicopter, but in my (limited) experience, the best way to approximate a BASE flight is just to find the safest object you can, and use that. A terminal tower witha good tailwind should give you plenty of safety margin, and lots of time to practice the exit and get into full flight.
Well it's pretty noticeable if you have them -- i can easily see my black ribs through the white wing when just looking at the wing in person. I thought it would be a neat effect, it came out just like I expected.