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Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:28:36 PM »

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2018, 03:34:03 PM »
Amazing.

What could possibly go wrong?

A friend told me I had to come watch him launch in his wingsuit because when I saw how "mellow" it really was, I would want to try it. Two weeks later, he was dead, and he was considered one of the top wingsuiters in the world. He has appeared in films like this.

I have had conversations with people making some of these films and asked them if they feel in any way culpable when people die trying to do things they wouldn't do if not for the whole ecosystem of films and sponsorships and so forth. They all say no, people would do this stuff anyway. They love it. They are not influenced by the promise of sponsorship money.

There's some truth in that. People have been doing dangerous things for a long time just for the thrill. But mostly I think they're full of sh##.

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2018, 03:55:03 PM »
>dangerous things for a long time just for the thrill. But mostly I think they're full of sh##.

HHH. I still hold a few dubious 'records' for dumb-a## things. Almost all of them involve vehicles at high speeds. A few are for making a vehicle go places it wasn't supposed to go.  Anyway, you can usually see an adrenaline-junkie theme mixed in with what I call 'fun.'

>What could possibly go wrong?
> Two weeks later, he was dead

This is ultimately why I gave up my private pilots license. I was in my late forties and had family responsibilities. At some point, you need to realize that your addictions have a good chance of killing you.

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2018, 04:37:45 PM »
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you need to realize that your addictions have a good chance of killing you

Unfortunately true. The video does look pretty thrilling. My other half wouldn't dare go into a hot air balloon, I'd be crucified for trying what these guys are up to. I quit smoking a month ago so I'm on the hunt for substitutes.

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2018, 05:44:59 PM »
This is ultimately why I gave up my private pilots license.

My dad spent 20 years as an active fighter pilot (no combat though). When people asked him why he didn't have a private pilot's license, he always said he thought those small planes were too dangerous and he had a family. His fighter jets all had ceilings well over 30,000 feet, all manner of instruments, ejection seats, wing deicers and at least the later ones were supersonic.  He would always say that if he ran into weather, he just put the nose up and fly above almost anything. And anything he could fly above, he could outrun. If he lost his instruments in the mountains, he could just go up to 25,000 feet an know there was no mountain North America that would kill him. Et cetera. But in a small plane, the storm can catch you, or if you want to go over the mountains, you might need to find a pass because the highest peaks are over your operational ceiling. He didn't like that.

Ironically, he and I were talking one evening about wingsuiting and I told him how my friend had said it was so mellow (and how I did not believe him). Referring to my friend the wingsuiter and his friend who had an engine fire at only about 1,500 feet off the deck, he said "The problem with that is you're too low and have no margin for error. One mistake and you're dead. If Bob Goyette had been at 15,000 feet when his engine caught fire, he would be alive today."

The next morning, I got the news my friend had crashed and died.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2018, 05:46:53 PM by ergophobe »

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 11:02:52 AM »
Civilisation is a race between disaster and education ...

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 12:41:44 PM »
>> 20 years as an active fighter pilot

Years ago I worked for a fellow who had served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Among other things he was a jump instructor with over 600 jumps in his career.

He told me once that he hated flying as a passenger on a commercial jet because he felt vulnerable and unsafe without a parachute.

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 01:06:31 PM »
>Nice flying on all parts!

Yeah, I think the pilot has more balls than the jumpsuit guy.  Holding a flimsy, high-wingplane in a high-speed dive into mountainous terrain has a lot of pucker-factor involved, imo.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2018, 01:11:02 PM by rcjordan »

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Re: Aptly titled Hold My Redbull
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2018, 05:11:44 PM »
>At some point, you need to realize that your addictions have a good chance of killing you.

Hey keep your realities to yourself. hhh