Fly Like Brick Weekend at Zwartberg, Belgium
We had a great weekend! Big 'thank you' for everyone who attended!!
Saturday started of with bad weather. 1000 ft cloud cieling, high winds and almost horizontal rain.
So some of the group took to laptop nerding at the DZ while we also used the bad weather to run the groundschool for the people who wanted to make their first flight the next day.
With lots of bored freeflyers and FS people watching the FJC, it soon developed into a lengthy Q&A session. With the onlookers asking more and more questions about wingsuit flight.
After about 2 hours, almost everyone present must have been ready to write a book on wingsuitflightCool
We ended the day, having dinner in a nice restaurant.
Sunday started of with clear blue skies, and got slighly more cloudy as the day passed. But the cloud cieling never got bellow 12K (only giving us a bit of 'industrial haze' as we exited the airplane at 13k)
After running through the whole FJC again briefly in the morning (just to make sure the information didnt get lost in the 2 hour Q&A session the previous day) Costyn and I started taking people up on their first flights.
We converted 4 skydivers into Birdmen that day, and all of them flew fantastic.
Congratulations Wim, Jurgen, Gaston and Luc!
The last one, Luc, currently ranking #1 at trackingderby.com for normal tracking, way surprised us with the forward speed he managed to milk from the BM classic we use for our FJC on his first jump. Flying in a body posture some of us with 100+ flights would envy.
But all 4 of them flew perfect. Some even getting in some docks on their first jumps already.
While Costyn and I where busy taking them up on their first few jumps, Alex took the group of experienced birds, and over the day organised and coached them to flying tighter and tighter. Most people in the group had not done any real big flocks yet, so it was a learning experience for almost everyone involved.
Not achieving slotperfect formations, visualy improving each and everyones approach and proximity to the base on every jump.
Hans (aka gadget) did a great job at flying Base on those jumps. Giving everyone a steady and smooth flying point to focus on and fly towards.
All the group jumps where briefed and debriefed with video by Alex, giving everyone honest but positive comments and pointers on their flying.
We ended the day with a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant with the whole group.
Over the next few months, we'll be visting several belgian DZ's for big and small (sometimes impromptu) wingsuit days/weekends. (More announcements on those dates and events coming soon)
I've already started working on a short video of past weekend (in the train to work:) this morning, so hopefully Ill have the video online before next weekend.
In total we had 16 birds present, flying (next to a few S3/Phamtom and Classics) almost every top of the line suit from the different brands avaiable today (Tony Suits Mach1, Phoenix Fly V2, Matter MTR3, S-Fly Expert and Bird-Man Blade).
Thank you all for coming, and hope to see you again next time!
The photo was taken at the end of the day, when some people had already left, so theres three people 'missing in action' here.