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  1. Your question cannot be objectively answered because it teeters on a subjective measure. That is, your personal opinion on what constitutes a level of growth that is "worth it." The logic can be extended to anything and everything. Is driving really "worth it" with all the fatalities and injuries? What about running? What about living? Stupid question. Stupid thread.
  2. Done it. Recommend it. SRBA does solid work all the way around.
  3. Compare the measurements of the Apex slider to the other sliders available to you. You might find one that is very close. My experience is there's a fair bit of wiggle room in slider sizes, but as Tom said above, always best to test somewhere safe before earning a red card at Brento.
  4. Give a call to Apex BASE. They have a ton of F-111 and may have what you're after.
  5. That's one very expensive marketing stunt/ego stroke. They could have gotten Brad Slums to do it for a sliver of the time and money, I suspect.
  6. Don't do it. Get a real job and skydive for fun. You'll jump less and enjoy it a lot more.
  7. You are correct, of course. If there were 1500 performance wingsuit pilots I'm sure we would see certain physical patterns that align with this idea. That said, I highly doubt a very small slice of a small discipline in a small sport is ever going to reach an N high enough to play real moneyball. It's just a thought exercise.
  8. If it made economic sense to hold a lot of stock, manufacturers would do it. They may be skydivers, but most are not stupid. As someone who used to work in the industry on multiple fronts I can tell you the gap between actual manufacturer revenues and the perceived revenues (by the general jumping public) are large. Companies spend a lot of time/money to R&D/manufacture/market a product that will be sold to very few people at a very modest profit margin. Then, once the product is out in the wild it will be active for decades...often passing hands multiple times competing with new gear sales along the way. The industry is a money-maker for very very few, and the supply side is crowded. Most are in the industry out of passion, not profit. We're lucky it's as good as it is, but I suppose these threads are mostly for complaining so fire away!
  9. The N of the entire sport is too small. The N for performance pilots is like 15 people. Again, the people that wingsuit the most are the best wingsuiters. The body type/ape/whatever theory makes academic sense, but without enough pilots who are identical (or substantially similar) in experience and different in body type you will not be able to isolate that variable.
  10. To have a product sitting on the shelf, the manufacturer most absorb the cost of the good well in advance of collecting the revenue. Investing a lot of money into something that might sell someday is not as efficient as dedicating resources to something which has already sold (e.g. orders). And in this little world, resources are thin. The quick-delivery business model works super industries that have high volume. Skydiving is not that type of industry. Could they stock a ton of inventory for quick delivery to all the "whiners" out there? Totally. But it would add cost to the end product. How do "whiners" feel about that?
  11. The sport is probably not big enough to be able to tease out data at this level of detail. The best wingsuiters are the ones that wingsuit the most.
  12. You can stand by it, but it's still wrong. I don't disagree that most HUMANS (myself included) do not understand the intricacies of the physics involved...but the risks are well documented. My other comments regarding BASE stand. As you were.
  13. Pretty much everything about this post is incorrect: "People who jump BASE rigs out of aircraft, then open low rarely have the first clue about the physics involved." best. "BASE jumpers pull low for two reasons. First, their fixed object may not be very high. Secondly, to experience ground-rush, they need to pull below 2,000 to see the horizon in their peripheral vision." Third: Separation from a solid object. Fourth: To improve heading performance (for example, on a sub-terminal slider-up jump). Etc., etc. etc. "BASE jumpers survive pulling low because they are usually falling at much less than terminal velocity. Pulling low, at terminal velocity removes the margin of error for slow openings." This statement ignores entire subsets of BASE jumps (terminal, tracking, WS) as well as the aforementioned differences between sky and BASE canopy openings. It also ignores the opening characteristics of slider-down/off packing techniques. I'm not going to read 15 pages about (or add any value to) an FAA/legal conversation about BASE rigs and aircraft in the USA, but I do think you've got a lot of misconceptions about BASE jumping.
  14. It's a nice saying but reality is more complicated than that. "If you find a job you love, that doesn't pay enough income, you'll work your ass off until you don't love it like you used to. But if you find a job you love that pays enough income, you'll never work again." That might be more complete. It's up to you to determine what "enough income" means.