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perswig

climber
Feb 28, 2015 - 01:40pm PT






Dale
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Feb 28, 2015 - 06:47pm PT
Russian Valery Rozov makes the highest-ever BASE jump after leaping from 23,687 feet. (North Face of Mt. Everest 5-28-13)

Joby Ogwyn, wing-suit flier and BASE jumper, was planning for a wing suit flight off Everest's 29,000-foot summit on May 11. Canceled after the avalanche, but he says he's back on track for 2016. I read that he has already wingsuited from above the summit (out of a helicopter).

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Mar 2, 2015 - 09:06pm PT
Epilepsy and parachutes !

ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Mar 3, 2015 - 02:05pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 10, 2015 - 05:12pm PT
March 9

http://news.yahoo.com/first-round-world-solar-flight-takes-off-uae-084044749--sector.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 12, 2015 - 01:29pm PT
Man, this dude just won't quit!

A Legendary Airplane Designer Hints at His Next Creation

Even in retirement, Burt Rutan keeps working, and the legendary aeronautics designer is up to something cool.

When Rutan retired to Idaho in 2011 after a lifetime designing revolutionary airplanes, he dreamed of flying around the world with his wife, Tonya—but soon realized that if he wanted an airplane capable of making the trip the way he imagined it, he’d have to design it himself. He’s spent the past few years in his garage, creating an airplane capable of landing on rough seas, calm lakes, snow, or grass. It also runs on gasoline instead of aviation fuel.

“Imagine an aircraft able to land in large swells near any ocean shoreline and ride the waves to the beach, from where you could hike in for lunch and gas,” Rutan said in a statement AnntennaFilms released Thursday. “Since it uses car/boat gas … it will rarely go to an airport. Imagine also going to snow fields anywhere there is around 400 feet of relatively smooth snow, or to a dirt patch right at Puma Punku, or any part of the Amazon, including the tiny rivers that feed it. Imagine doing an eight-month exploration trip around the world without EVER going to an airport. I know it sounds like Walter Mitty, but if it flies well, Tonya and I will explore the world with it, visiting the places you cannot easily get to any other way.”

Rutan always has been secretive about his designs until they are ready to fly, and he won’t release any details about this aircraft until after its first flight, which might be by this summer. But to support AntennaFilms, which is making a crowdfunded documentary film about his life and work, Rutan agreed to release the few teasing details about the amphibious plane, which he calls the SkiGull.

The SkiGull, with its skis extended, will be able to land in rough seas or on calm lakes and rivers. The skis also incorporate small wheels that will enable it to land on runways and fields. With the skis retracted, the airplane can perform belly landings on smooth water, like other seaplanes. Although seating will be limited to Rutan and his wife, the plane will have cavernous fuel capacity — Rutan wants to be able to fly from California to Hawaii without carrying supplemental ferry tanks. He’s aiming for a cruise speed of 170 knots (195 mph).

This isn’t he first time Rutan, age 71, has shaken things up. The brilliant aerospace designer is famous for unusual ideas and innovative designs. He popularized the use of composites and canards in home-built aircraft; he designed Voyager, the first airplane to fly around the world nonstop; and he built the spaceship that won the $10 million Ansari X Prize and became the basis for Virgin Galactic’s commercial spacecraft. But his greatest legacy may well be Scaled Composites, the Mojave, California company he founded in 1982. It has trained and influenced two generations of designers, engineers, and aviators.

The SkiGull may be Rutan’s last airplane, capping an amazing career while letting him explore the world, without limits, to write the final chapter of his life.

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/burt-rutan-skigull/
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 19, 2015 - 11:01am PT
New Movie coming out in May called Sunshine Superman about Carl Boenish - The Father of BASE Jumping

Trailer here (it only worked for me when viewed in Safari) - http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/sunshinesuperman/

Movie Site Here with Showtimes -
http://www.magpictures.com/sunshinesuperman/

and more ways to connect

http://www.facebook.com/Sunshinesuperman

http://twitter.com/Sunshinesuper7

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2015 - 05:04pm PT
Thanks for the bump and the information Chris!

Love that shot, I remember jumping suits and helmets like that BITD lol.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Mar 29, 2015 - 11:10pm PT
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2015 - 10:18am PT
One lucky sailplane pilot in Nevada right now -

He was flying out of Minden, made it to Reno and then the wings came off - guessing either severe wind shear or someone forgot to put a pin in.

He bailed out and landed on the parking garage of St. Mary's hospital. Reno being the stellar EMS system it is then transported him to Renown, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/RPD-Glider-Crashes-Downtown-Reno-No-Injureded-298720351.html
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Apr 9, 2015 - 10:44am PT
Tracking jump
Tracking jump
Credit: Jordan Kilgore
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2015 - 11:38am PT
Awesome to see you back in the air my friend! Thanks for sharing.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 20, 2015 - 07:11pm PT
Get those planes out of the way so I can see the routes!

MisterE

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
Apr 20, 2015 - 07:18pm PT
^^Really cool shot, TGT!

Picked up friends at the Bishop airport last weekend for a couple of days of fun!

"We just flew in from Flagstaff, and our arms are tired!":

Credit: MisterE

squishy

Mountain climber
Apr 20, 2015 - 08:47pm PT
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Apr 21, 2015 - 07:35am PT
I have been lurking on this thread for a few years.. But now that I have just passed my AFF and I am cleared to jump solo I feel just worthy enough To contribute. I am so stoked to be jumping!! It has been a long time desire and I finally told myself if I don't do it now I may never. Now I am never going to stop.

I took my daughter for a tandem jump when I was in my AFF. So fun riding up and sitting across from her in that twin engine otter.
Credit: T2

Any skydivers in the San Diego or L A area that want to mentor or just go jump please let me know. A license is my next goal

Anyone want to buy a Metolius double wide with a bomb shelter fly or a 07' Honda CRF450R?
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 21, 2015 - 08:26am PT
Congrats T2! Way to go and welcome to the thread.

Thanks for all the contributions everyone, keep up the great work! It's awesome to see this thread keep rolling on.
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
Apr 22, 2015 - 08:09am PT
glad you're back in the sky ammon. Nice T2, welcome to the sky. Bad ass picture TGT.

some fun my way
freeflying with ian
freeflying with ian
Credit: snakefoot
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 22, 2015 - 08:50am PT
Yes, TGT, nice shot of two good aircraft and two POS's.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Apr 22, 2015 - 12:01pm PT
Congrats T2! Can't wait to jump with you.

Tracking jump!
Tracking jump!
Credit: Jordan Kilgore
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