"With great power comes great responsibility.."
I bet the writers at Marvel Comics weren't thinking of Wingsuiters when they came up with this motto for Spiderman but our Super Human ability of travelling large distances through the air at warp speeds is something that needs to be taken in to consideration.
In the past few weeks I have come across a few situations where people have been sold Wingsuits that they are not ready for. One was a brand new suit from a authorised dealer (not Squirrel) and another was a second hand suit.
What happened to the good old days of screening people's experience levels?
It seems that today's trend is just to take the money and run, it has to stop.
If you have used gear to sell then you have a RESPONSIBILITY to make sure, to the best of your knowledge that the buyer has the experience needed to stay safe. Winsguiting is a small community, if I don't know you directly then I can find out about you very easily. It's inexcusable to hand over something that can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
At my local DZ I've started to see a trend where people are actually downsizing to increase their skills. This is the type of mentality we need to see more of, if you have less than 100 wingsuit jumps, no coaching and no freefly skills then you still have a lot to learn in a small suit. Adding fabric to compensate for a lack of knowledge will only slow down your progression.
Learn to fly aggressively, on every axis and be the best Pilot in your group..
Don't let some one sell you a Monster Suit because they need the cash.
photo by Camilo Lopez.