Buzzing Paragliders, Waterfall Fly-Thru.
In a sudden leap of confidence, wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones is having more fun than should be allowed – buzzing friends in paragliders, flying through waterfalls and partying with chicks in bikinis – life is good.
In this GroWings video Nate tells us why he really really loves this sport. We’ll watch him travel to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland to party, jump with friends and practice wingsuiting as he continues his journey towards achieving a BASE jump and wingsuit jump off of Brevent in Chamonix, France.
GroWings is a six-episode web series which follows wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones over the summer, traveling and training throughout the mountains of Europe to prepare himself to reach the goal of flying the more technical and advanced terrain of Brevent in Chamonix, France. We welcome you to an insight into the amazing community and lifestyle of BASE jumpers and wingsuit flyers.
Getting a bit tired of those wingsuit videos that are a bit too full of themselves? Veni Vidi Volavi is the perfect antidote – a wingsuit video where the pilots thinks the hike up to a jump is as enjoyable (well, almost) as the way down. No pressure, just fun.
Guillaume Beck travels to Samoens, France where there are many different jumps in one small area, and many lines to practice proximity wingsuit flying, all in a natural, beautiful environment.
Next episode will be in Switzerland with more amazing landscapes and proximity flights to come.
Xbird1 wing inflate failure. Jérome Rôchelle – on Saturday December 03 2011, I’ve jumped from Aragon wall for a wingsuit fly with my friend El Amarillo. After few second I felt my wingsuit going in a right turn then suddenly I fell head down barrel and fly on my back. Then I pulled and my canopy opened with lines twist which never stop increasing. The wind flow from gorge pushed my canopy against the wall and I tried to twist off as quick as I could. Lucky one second before inpact a little wind escape my canopy from the wall and I could fly free.
After looking to the videos, we were scared to see that the right wing didn’t inflate. I asked for expertise (from Tony, Matt, JeanNoel, Robert, James…) to know if it was a pilot mistake or a wingsuit malfunction? For sure the only one (small) vent inlet of the wing too close the harness made this scary situation, add to some other issue (little lateral wind, bad exit, hide vent, burble depress…). A little hide or poor inflation on wing made this critical situation.
I’ve looked at all video rush: nothing bad, chestrap tired, vents openend, wings linked by zip… After I’ve checked all the wingsuit: egal size (not asymetrical built), number of cells, size of vents, number of hole cells, no clamping of wings outside and inside, egal time of wing inflate with hairdryer.
I was lucky and I still alive, my video could give a way to change the future for all Xbird1 owners (it was in private share at begenning for expertise, but many persons told me to share it). In a short start or a less steepy wall I was died. I think that Tonysuits should call all them back for update because X1 will have a long life with many differents owner. Perhaps I was unlucky… perhaps I will be the only one, perhaps yes, perhaps no!? But I don’t know the answer.
Wingsuit Jumping Brevent, Chamonix – GroWings.
The Brevent exit was first opened in 2012 but following a series of accidents within a short amount of time, was closed by local authorities. It remains one of the most technical exits in the world. In the first episode of GroWings, wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones meets up with experienced flyer Espen Fadnes to see what it takes to make his goal of wingsuit jumping Brevent this summer a reality.
GroWings is a six-episode web series which will follow wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones over the summer, traveling and training throughout the mountains of Europe to prepare himself to reach the goal of flying the more technical and advanced terrain of Brévent in Chamonix, France. We welcome you to an insight into the amazing community and lifestyle of BASE jumpers and wingsuit flyers.
Wingsuit flyer – Nathan Jones
Wingsuit flyer Brevent – Espen Fadnes
Camera man and editor – Mateffy Istvan
Additional Camera – Rob Girvan
Special thanks to Espen Fadnes, Ioana Herteg, Ovi Lazar and Teodorescu Nathan Jones by facebook