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  1. Over the edge - BASE Magazine I've tried putting together a new base magazine, with the intent of making it a more regular thing with news, tips and educational articles. Big thanks to all that helped with issue #1. Feedback and help with future issues is more than welcome :)
  2. The earpieces have a splitter (earphone plug) so relatively easy to connect to phone or direct to GoPro / Insta360 (I record direct to the GoPro so its not a lot of editing work to sync conversations later)
  3. Here is a short sample video, showcasing the use and quality of comms during WS flight YouTube
  4. A dropzone making correct safety decisions in terms of wind/weather conditions is in my view never a bad thing. Having been at some dropzones where I (at +- 6000 skydives) skipped loads due to weather conditions on landing, and then seeing guys with 51 jumps go up because 'the limit is 50 jumps', it can at times feel like a jump-limit was set with DZ income in mind, as opposed to safety. In the 6 or so weeks I've spent at the dropzone over 2021, I've seen the DZ limit jumping at 50/100/500 jumps, but in almost 100% of those, I had already taken myself of the load. There, at lower jump numbers, its sometimes worth trusting the judgement of people with more experience and eye for local conditions. The landing area is indeed not the lush patch of grass you see on other dropzones, for a large part caused by the all year round warm to hot weather. Summer season (June to August) we also avoid, as it just gets too hot. Though jumping from early to mid-day, and then chilling at the pool of your hotel, is never a bad thing. My main gripe with the surrounding area is not too much to do (sea/beach is an hour away) in the direct area surrounding the DZ, but enough good restaurants to not stress about that too much, as in the end, we're there to jump
  5. We have been visiting Skydive Spain (Seville) regularly the last 1,5 year and they seem to have jumpable weather all year round. No issue with dust devils in summer, but you do get general turbulence making jumping a thing from 7:00 (1st load) to around 14:00 or so on those days, and a few sunset loads if enough people hang around. But September up to around May, the dropzone runs pretty much non stop all day long, and 15.000 ft standard jump altitude (2x Dornier), from 9:00 to sunset. Heading there again next week, February as well as April. It's perfect for EU 'winter' jumping, at a comfy 16 to 18 celcius, even on the colder days...
  6. In performance havok and funk are quite similar when looking at glide, with the funk typically a bit slower on the forward speed. The Havok a bit more agile in terms of lateral control. But all marginal. Pilot skill and weight/body type will usually be the main determining factor in comparing one to the other.
  7. Advising someone looking for a smaller sized (wing) wingsuit, I'm not sure 'don't do it because others fly a bigger suit' is the best advice. Trends (like fast upsizing) mainly started because 'everyone else is doing it too'. There let your own comfort level and progression dictate what suit size you choose. Not (unintentional) peer pressure. That said, I've flown with (and in) just about every suit on the market, and if you want to fly together, you can in any suit. But of course the bigger suits will need to always adapt downward to make that possible. Mono-chamber is the new magic word, but in general, suits with a lower cell pressure (ease of pushing the air out, so you can close a wing during rolls/transitions easier) have been the norm in acro from the start (most wingsuits pre-2015ish had very low cell pressure standard). There its perhaps a bit re-inventing the wheel, after years of pushing for harder and harder inflation. With regards to suit choice, a smaller suit doesnt always need to have a flocking purpose. I fly around 3/4 of the skydiving (and base) jumps I do in a big suit, but still grab the small suit often when learning something new, or doing creative 2 ways, as its a much easier and faster learning platform for skills (to then immediately apply to the big suit). As said, Ive flown and coached people in every suit on the planet over the years, and I don't think there is a single wingsuit that doesnt allow you to do one thing or the other. The differences are minimal, and to most a personal preference they will be loud and agressive over, for no reason. Fly what you like. I could give a lot of reasons to choose a havok, but someone who prefers intrudair or squirrel could probably do the same for the similar offerings in their line-up. So do take all the 'this brand is best' tooting with a grain of salt, and see its often people earning their sponsorship, discount or just airing their like (or hate) for brand X There's not too many bad choices on the market at the moment...and there are a lot of choices.. If acro is your thing, Id mainly say pick a smaller suit, and even if big suit acro is your thing, the small suit will come in handy for many years to come as 'old faithfull' to learn and try new things with.
  8. I modded my GoPro 7 with a 3rd party lens (was just a matter of unscrewing the standard lens and replacing it). It took some effort to get the focus perfect, but it cropped the view quite a bit). Downside is that its a mod you do permanent, so you'd have to dedicate a camera to it. on the GoPro8 and onward, the lens replacement is less easy (or so I understood from the websites selling them), and a mode expensive modification is needed..
  9. As said before, I think any modern unit with a variant on 'mesh' will be good. We have used the Sena 50s units in our team for a year now, without too much fuss. The new 'spider' is seemingly an even better (and slightly cheaper) option from the Sena line-up. But Cardo or Senna, both seems to be ok. We have the units a bit more towards the back of the helmet, as riser strike seems to kill quite a few units, regardless of brand. So place them wisely thinking about both snag and loss..
  10. Even at flatter angles, most wingsuits should have no issue keeping the legwing inflated. Flutter/Lack of pressure sometimes is just a suit issue, with the intlet not doing its job in keeping the wing pressurized..
  11. Over the last 18 years of flying, I've posted various educational coaching material available online on flying technique in form of writing and videos. During the lockdown period in 2020, I finally took the effort to collect and rewrite all of that in a cohesive and structured book, called 'the flight manual' For those interested in getting into wingsuit flying, I figured it would be an interesting resource, and for those already flying there should be a lot of interesting information on performance, acrobatics and gear that might be of assistance in your progression. The book Reviews
  12. I have (had) a Hunter which had around 800 Skydives, a good 100 WS Basejumps and 400+ hours in the wingsuit tunnel, and thats still flying around, currently owned by someone else... There is some degradation in terms of fabric porosity, which might affect full flight performance by a single digit percentage, but in general flying, no real issues should arise. Some older (old, old) suits do tend to get in trouble with inlets collapsing, and fabric not holding air well, and as a result, legwing or armwing flapping. But all of that is usually when talking about 500+ jumps on a suit minimum..
  13. Incorrect...proof was a short film that Fandango was based on. Truman Sparks is the same actor/person in both.
  14. Old thread, but: Atair uses the same method as PD, essentially 'projection' and not corner to corner / sidewalls included..