It's been a big week for announcements in the world of Competitive Wingsuiting.
First off, the FAI came to a decision on the highly debatable topic of altitude for the Competition Window of Performance Flying. This argument had been brewing for a long time. The current altitude for the window is between 3000 and 2000 metres, at the World Championships in particular we saw a lot of problems being caused due to bad weather and clouds, making it hard to ascend in the aircraft to the required altitude. This resulted in a lot of fuel being wasted by the organizing Drop Zone and therefore a lot of money too. The simple truth is no D.Z will want to host these events if they keep running them at a loss.
On the flip-side to that of course is the aspect of safety and the concern that lowering the altitude for the window also brings people closer to the ground. This would reduce time that a Wingsuit Pilot would have to safely open their main parachute if they were out of control and spiralling towards the ground in a high-speed flatspin. You can see how that might be important too..
For now the Competition Window will remain at the same altitude. Although nothing came from the hot topic at this stage, at least we can all see that the wheels are starting to turn and that everyone wants to see this sport grow.
In other news, it has just been announced that the 2017 World Cup for Wingsuiting will be held at Las Vegas in early November. This year will not be a World Championship which means I will retain my World Title until at least 2018. That doesn't mean it won't be a fierce battle though, if the past 2 years of progression in this sport are anything to go by then you can expect to see huge leaps in performances. I'm expecting to see records getting smashed and I'll be training accordingly.
Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions on how to get in to Competitive Wingsuiting or how to train.
Ciai for now,