Wingsuit Basejumping – The Need 4 Speed: The Art of Flight


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Introduction

The goal of the Phoenix-Fly Coach program is to educate users in the safe and responsible usage of Phoenix-Fly products. The Phoenix-Fly “First Flight Course” aims to teach students the essential practical aspects of the discipline so that they can perform wingsuit skydives safely.
As well as promoting safety, the Phoenix-Fly training program will endeavor to help develop the wingsuit discipline, answering questions, sharing knowledge and organizing events & competitions.

The PFC program has been running since spring 2005, and has certified many new coaches throughout the world. The program received an update spring 2010, with a partial rewrite and expansion of the course materials.
The listing of coaches was also evaluated for currency, with only skilled and active flyers still listed.  Another big change is that PFC bare a responsibilty, and in case of them not adhering to the standards set by the program, will lose their listing.

For anyone looking for instruction in wingsuit flying, picking one of the coaches on the Phoenix-Fly web assures you will receive quality coaching in a structured and proven format.

Please contact us if you would like to join the PFC team.

Background

Wingsuit flying is a relatively new and increasingly popular skydiving discipline.
In terms of flying a wingsuit, it largely builds on the skills and experience a skydiver has gathered in their jumping career, allowing them to achieve even greater performance in the air.
Phoenix Fly has a wide range of wingsuits in various performance categories. Some of which are specifically geared towards first flight students.
The Phoenix Fly Coaching Program was conceived to set an instructional standard for skydivers to enter the wingsuit discipline.
The aim is to offer a standard training system that is less complicated, affordable and at the same time makes wingsuit flying more accessible.

The PFC Program

The PFC training program focuses on the important aspects required to safely perform a wingsuit skydive, namely the:

  • Main differences between a wingsuit skydive and a normal skydive
  • Correct assembly of the wingsuit
  • Gear check
  • Aircraft exit and flight path
  • Deployment and emergency procedures

The PFC First Flight Briefing (FFC) was conceived with the normal dropzone environment in mind. Special events such as large boogies require additional special provisions.

Student requirements:

  • a minimum of 200 skydives, and suitable experience level*
  • a valid skydiving licence
  • suitable gear
  • liability insurance

* to be judged by the coach with the additional approval of the DZ safety officer. Requirements may vary in your country.

Phoenix-Fly Coach Requirements

If you meet our requirements you can attend a PFC training course conducted by a PFC/E.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the PFC patch and will be able to provide wingsuit FFC’s and coaching.
To become a PFC you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • An experienced, current and licensed skydiver
  • A knowledgeable and capable wingsuit pilot
  • Have at least 100 wingsuit flights
  • Preferably holder of a Coach or Instructor rating*.
    Teaching experience outside of skydiving may also be considered.

A listed PFC who doesn’t comply with the set instructional standards will be removed from the list of active coaches.
Check the PFC database to find a list of active coaches in your area.

*for the USA a coach rating will become mandatory, in an effort to allign the PFC program with a future USPA wingsuit rating. 

Phoenix-Fly Coach Examinors (PFC-E)

Phoenix Fly and Morpheus Technologies have selected several skilled wingsuit pilots as examinors.

PFC-E USA

Douglas Spotted Eagle – email
Chuck Blue – email
Ed Pawlowski

PFC-E Europe

Mirko Schmidt (DE)
Jarno “Mc” Cordia (NL) – email
Benedikt Klees (DE)
James “Macca” Macdonald (UK) – email
Jean-Noel Itzstein (FR)

Cost

The cost of the PFC coach course is $200 / €165,- (+ instructor slot on 2 exam jumps). A total of 3 exam jumps can be made to get a good result.

FFC approved Wingsuit  Models

Prodigy 2

The Prodigy 2 is incredibly user-friendly and flying the suit is very intuitive as it is very solid and stable in the air. Assembling the suit is also quick and simple as the design avoids cables and booties. The Prodigy has the added advantage of allowing the pilot to reach their risers and toggles after deployment without releasing your arms from the wings, simplifying the required response in case of line twist or malfunctions.

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Shadow

The Shadow is an easy to fly wingsuit. With an intermediate size armwing without wing-tip grippers, this is an easy suit for a first flight. The legwing makes the suit responsive with a good forward speed, yet is very forgiving in terms of body position.

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Phantom 2

The Phantom 2z is an equaly suitable suit for a FFC.
Regarded intermediate to advanced in terms of performance, the suit still allows for easy access to the BOC, and the wide legstance enables users to land with the legwing still closed (if needed), with full range of motion on the legs.

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