Wingsuit flying (wingsuiting) is an extreme aero-sport that enables humans to fly through the air, which is something against nature's law. It features a special jumpsuit called "wingsuit" that facilitates such thrilling practice. The suit increases the human body's surface area, causing a possible lift to fly in the air. It’s an extremely dangerous sport that involves practising BASE jumping.
The wingsuit is designed to generate a surface area with the fabric between the legs and under the arms. These wingsuits are also regarded as birdman suits, squirrel suits and bat suits that function as wings. The participants are regarded as birdmen and can glide in the air with an average speed of approximately 160-200 km per hour. The fliers deploy a parachute for landing after reaching a planned altitude and then unzip their arm wings, if required, to reach up to the control toggles.
In May 2015, the first FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying was organised in Netheravon, United Kingdom. In November 2016, the First FAI World Wingsuit Performance Flying Championships was organised in Zephyrhills, USA.
The objective of the performance event is to fly a single wingsuit in three different tasks to showcase a blend of best lift (time task), best glide (distance task) and least drag (speed task).
Similarly, in the acrobatic events, the flying teams perform seven rounds of events in sequence. The team with the highest total score becomes the winner of the event. Each team score points for a number of the figures performed along with the camera work and flying style. The teams are provided style points for their body position, smoothness, controlled docks and forward flying speed.
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