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Is anyone out there doing any regular proximity flying from aircraft.?

of course most of us have seen the usually base video's from Switzerland , Norway and other European locactions.
It seems that it would be possible to get many beautiful proximity flights on other continents if we weren't reliant on the base exit.

Money saved by not having to travel to remote european loacations could be spent on aircraft hire.

dreamin on : wingsuit DZ near swoopable mountains
: mobile 'DZ' aircraft taking wingsuiters to a variety of sites .
: Proximity training camps and Boogies from aircraft

Is any-one developing this side of the sport?

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Thnx.
so................
Not much happening in skydiving world.........yet.



And probably never will either...specialised gear (BASE) is needed, and the general skydiving rules dont really allow for that. Though some people do seem to make deliberate low-pulls (on gear not designed for that) a habbit.

A lot of base footage you see this days does have some chopper/plane/paraglider jumps in it here or there, for acces to unique spots/lines that dont have a normal exitpoint.
Money is really the only limitation (choppers tend to be costly).
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Thnx.
so................
Not much happening in skydiving world.........yet.



May simply be the issue of too many practical problems.

If I fly close to a mountain, I need to have a BASE container on my back.

Surely, you agree that having a skydiving rig means opening at at least 3000' above solid ground. Depending on the mountain topography, this might mean peeling away from the mountain about 1000-2000' above the 3000'. How many mountains are there that have walls at the correct angle for proximity flying for thousands of feet over 5000'?

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Thnx.
so................
Not much happening in skydiving world.........yet.



May simply be the issue of too many practical problems.

If I fly close to a mountain, I need to have a BASE container on my back.

Surely, you agree that having a skydiving rig means opening at at least 3000' above solid ground. Depending on the mountain topography, this might mean peeling away from the mountain about 1000-2000' above the 3000'. How many mountains are there that have walls at the correct angle for proximity flying for thousands of feet over 5000'?



BS. You can have a not-so-specialized piggyback skydiving rig with a freepacked BASE main and cut corners. It's not as clean aerodynamically as a low profile BASE rig, and its more of a pain in the ass to pack, but is quite doable. Definitely won't be needing 3K of clean air for a pull.

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I have (on many occasions) used my BASE canopy as my main parachute freepacked in my container for Vampire jumps. this is pretty much the exact function of a BASE rig plus a few kgs for the reserve.

hop n pops are cheap and I can get a minute flight from 5000', if the DZO's narc is on holiday.

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BS. You can have a not-so-specialized piggyback skydiving rig with a freepacked BASE main and cut corners. It's not as clean aerodynamically as a low profile BASE rig, and its more of a pain in the ass to pack, but is quite doable. Definitely won't be needing 3K of clean air for a pull.



Really? Did I say free packed BASE canopy as a main in my post? I would like to open my skydiving main in the vicinity of 3K on wingsuit flights:D :D.

PS: you can keep your BS.

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in reply to "May simply be the issue of too many practical problems.

If I fly close to a mountain, I need to have a BASE container on my back.

Surely, you agree that having a skydiving rig means opening at at least 3000' above solid ground. Depending on the mountain topography, this might mean peeling away from the mountain about 1000-2000' above the 3000'. How many mountains are there that have walls at the correct angle for proximity flying for thousands of feet over 5000'? "

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yep agreed. Opening altitude is one of the main issues here . Getting the gear right is another biggy.
as for legality hurdles :S


Admitedly most of this flying would be well under 5000' and probably more limited to about 3000' terrain . Not extremely long flights but the intensity would make up for that.
I see many good flight lines around and abouts and I live in fairly low country -nothing much above 3000', they just lack good wingsuit base launch sites.
So an exit from say 4000' followed by a fly down to 1000-500' could deliver the goods.

Equipment very much like base rigs would seem more appropriate than regular skydiving rigs.
500' for a wingsuit base opening is reasonable - even highish for some.
If the flight lines allowed a good margin for error , say 1000' agl openings it would be possible to use some skydiving or base, reserved rigs.

Given the increasing numbers of wingsuiters and wingsuit basejumpers the gear issue may not be the large one it would appear to some.
on the money side ..If the DZ was sighted well a range of flight lines might be available for the cost of a hop n pop.

Seems like the legal issues could be the real stumbling blocks.

If the cliffs in the attachment were around 3000' there would be more than a few possible flight lines providing good outs and readily accessible opening areas as well as some cruisy proximity flying..

hope this sort of thing happens more in the future

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good recognition skills bloke B|


National parks would make such good proximity DZ's eg Yosemite, Grand canyon. ..sigh



Except that it is illegal to fly a parachute in a National Park, which sucks.
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