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  1. There is a major thread developing on http://www.skycentre.net/index.php?showtopic=22276&st=100 about PD reserves bought second-hand, that on closer inspection show a fake label and signs of tampering/repair/rebuild. So far 3 cases have come up in Russia, and the canopies may have originated from Poland. Please be aware of this scam if you buy a cheap second-hand reserve canopy, and be especially conscious about any bulk buyers of expired reserves online. bsbd! Yuri.
  2. Enjoy Have fun Go hard! Mass wingsuiting's barely turned 10 years old, but much of common sense appears to be irrevocably lost already.
  3. outrager

    Apache X

    Looks like another old fart just made it official, LOL
  4. outrager

    Apache X

    Different cliffs ;-) As far as i can see, the fastest time in official competition yesterday was Frode's 18.53 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150235424685868&set=pu.43724640867&type=1&theater&pid=7690009&id=43724640867
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O83HyQPX8-E&feature=player_embedded
  6. Nice toy! Still, a fundamental GPS flaw of ground speed instead of airspeed, but if you look for change of L/D relative to change of body position etc, instead of absolute numbers - it should be quite useful, eh?
  7. I'm pretty sure 2:50 is from the top exit, 2500m vertical.
  8. Nice flights, quite impressive! I liked this one: http://www.vimeo.com/7103784, nice use of ridge lift, but a bit turbulent indeed! Are you guys making it over the football fields on the other side of the main road? That was our main LZ back in '06. Almost got my ass kicked for spoiling a game with a low overpass once Seems like things have changed a lot while i was away... everybody is into proxy, speed&race nowadays. I can see why (distance is boring compared to proxy), but a shame in a way, as new suits took away endurance problems and added a bit more glide. bsbd! Yuri.
  9. Somebody has to! You should be able to pull at 300m over the village at L/D of 2.9. If you do fly at 3.5 you will be pulling at 600m. These numbers assume 200m of altitude wasted for a lazy start, obviously that can be done better. It does not. True airspeed (i.e. both vertical and horizontal, proportionally) does increase with altitude, so starting a suit higher up will take slightly longer. Sustained L/D will be the same at any altitude, assuming that you are indeed flying. Google, like http://www.stolaf.edu/people/hansonr/soaring/spd2fly/densalt.htm if you want to know why in detail.
  10. Ostankino '04: http://base416.com/ostankino04/Pond_Flight.mov This year's Burj Dubai WS flight is roughly twice as high, though.
  11. You've mixed it up: your life's in danger in strong wind Let's not hijack a thread quite yet
  12. The graph is suicidal: the red point at 5k mark is impact You need to allow for deployment, say at 100m AGL. Also, suits start to fly waaaay sooner. It may be hard to scientifically plot the first few seconds, however multiple experiments show S3/V1 style suits at about 300m horizontal mark 300m below the exit point (as measured by deployment and landing/water impacts from 370m range objects
  13. Nope, and probably not this season. I took a year-long break from flying, and now got stuck in Scotland for a while. Maybe back in the fall, but won't be current and high-alt season will end by then. Otherwise i'd quietly go and rape it instead of posting here
  14. Not really sure. I made it to the last hill back in 2003 (4300m mark, 2050m altitude) on S3 prototype, and again to the same exact point on V2 a couple of years ago. Endurance seems to be the key to make it over the last hill when you are low and tired. I recon if you make it over this point you make it all the way. It's hard to judge exact altitude at such a shallow angle, and you must beware of a weak pull - i almost got burned on the first attempt by using up all of the arms energy and barely extracting PC out of the pouch
  15. Yo ! All this talk about downwind 3.5 glide flights reminded me about a very nice real-life L/D challenge that's still to be conquered: Try flying from the Mushroom (Eiger) all the way down to Grindenwald. It's a scenic and intense flight over the rolling hills. You will need to cover about 5000m distance to use all 2200m of available altitude, requiring a measly 2.6-2.7 L/D average depending on how much altitude you allow for a start and deployment. Exit altitude is 3200m, which puts it rather close to a skydive. Wind will not be a significant factor: you have to pick a quiet day to survive. Access is easy, start is safe, and LZs are bigger than most DZs Plenty of attempts have been done from this exit over the years, and AFAIK the challenge remains. It should be so easy now with the new suits, eh? C'mon, do it, even at 2.9 you'll be a rock star!