FAQ – Misc
Learning to fly a wingsuit
If you have no skydiving experience, it’s important to first learn to skydive and make a minimum of 200 freefall skydives before wingsuit training can commence. For more information, check www.wingsuitschool.com. To learn to fly a wingsuit when you meet basic safety requirements, check out the Phoenix-Fly coach directory on our website
Working at Phoenix-Fly
We regularly get questions about working at Phoenix-Fly. The team of people we work with are highly skilled professionals. People making positive contributions to the sport, showcasing a workers mentality, having outstanding skills in flying and coaching will automaticly be people we notice. From there, if the need arises we will always seek out talented individuals for positions within Phoenix-Fly if available. Due to the high safety requirements, we are not able to hire based on resume or emails, and can’t offer any internships or on the job learning experience. If you showcase talent in the sport, we will find you.
Cleaning a wingsuit
If you want to give your wingsuit a wash, put it in a laundry bag, and put it in a machine on gentle/cold cycle. A small bit of detergent is possible, but not needed.
Important: Do not spin-dry or use any form of heating during the process.
After washing, it is possible to give a wingsuit a thin coat of ScotchGuard or similar protective product to keep the suit clean.
Skydiving Gear for Wingsuit Flying
Phoenix-Fly recommends using a decent length bridle and pilotchute in combination with wingsuit flying. Most modern skydiving gear is perfectly suited for wingsuit flying without needed modifications. There are some container modifications possible in case of experiencing opening delays, but we don’t advise to do so before consulting a rigger.
Advised bridle length is between 6’ – 9’, advised pilotchute size between 27’ – 32’.
Only for bigger format wingsuits, when combined with higher experience level, do we recommend a slight upsizing in bridle and or pilotchte size. We don’t recommend going over 9’ in terms of bridle length.
These are only advised sizes, and its always good to consult your local wingsuit coach or gear manufacturer for more tailored advise.
I terms of packing in skydiving, its advised to have bridle routing coming to and from the from bottom of the container. For the pilotchute handle we advise orange tubing or freefly pud for added security in the plane and (optional)backflying. Its encouraged to avoid pilotchute handles with substantial weight and/or single attachment points to avoid problems with bridle entanglements.
We sometimes get asked why we no longer use the stretch material escape sleeve, as featured on some of our earlier designs. In our extensive testing process, we found that the loose sleeve design made for a significant decrease in agility, and introduced a lot of movement of the suit on the body. This could result in unwanted behavior in flight, introducing unexpected turns or dives. We believe a smooth leading edge, and tight adhering to the human form leads to the highest form of control and safety possible. Creating a safer flight experience for the user.
For added safety, the robust YKK zippers are always backed up by a tried and tested cutaway system, as designed by Robert Pecnik back in 1999. Based on the cutaway system as used on skydiving rigs.