• Question: would it be possible to jump from a plane in a wingsuit and glide down towards a lake and skim across it without using a parachute

    Asked by josh to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 18 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Kevin Motherway

      Kevin Motherway answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      Josh. Sounds plausible to me but the consequences of getting it wrong…….. All those Red Bull X-fighters you see doing amazing stunts on motorbikes have massive foam pits the practice all their jumps on and get it wrong again and again until they get it perfect and then go without the safety feature. Dunno how you’d practice your trick!

    • Photo: Tríona O'Connell

      Tríona O'Connell answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      Not really, it looks like most wingsuiters deploy parachutes before landing, unless they’re going to land on something very cushiony. Hitting water at speed is pretty painful and can cause serious injuries or death (think of how awful belly flopping is, and then multiply that up)

    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 19 Nov 2014:

      Hi Josh,

      I believe it is not possible to complete to complete entire journey with just wingsuit. One can fly as long as 7 to 10 km horizontal distance in a wing suit after jumping from air craft. However, you can’t complete the entire journey in wingsuit. You must open your parachute when you are just 1 Km above the surface. This will help you to reduce your speed significantly and you can land safely on the surface.