Wingsuit Skills Guide

by Jarno Cordia

To assist in this further progression we have created a task list with 2 way wingsuit drills that one can practice, and use as a guideline as to what you should and should not do at their various experience levels.

The full document can be downloaded as a free PDF from www.FlyLikeBrick.com or accessed directly by clicking here
Also be sure to check out the free instructional videos on www.flylikebrick.com/manual.php that will give you a bit of help with acrobatic basics.

To assist in building the skills needed to safely fly big ways, we have created a system of levels. These levels are by no means binding, and not having a certain level doesn’t mean you can’t try bigger formations, but it does mean it’s NOT ADVISED to do so. This skills guide will also help beginning wingsuit pilots get more custom tailored coaching from wingsuit tutors, as they can see on your task list what specific skills you already have practised, and which ones need more work/training. Similar to licenses in skydiving, there are various skills levels that the task list indicates.
It breaks down roughly to the following levels:

Level A

Basic safety skills
Once passed, wingsuit pilot can do up to 3 ways

  • Wingsuit pilot meets the basic wingsuit requirements of an FFC
  • Is capable of controlled exit, flight, navigation and deployment
    Is cleared for solo flying and maximum 3 ways with experienced pilots

Level B

Basic formation flying, basic acrobatics
Once passed, wingsuit pilot can do up to 9 ways.
Wingsuit pilot is capable of:

  • Controlled front loops
  • Controlled barrel-rolls
  • Flying safely in formations, including aspects such as exit, approach, and separation.

Level C

Slotted formations, multi-point formations
Once passed, wingsuit pilot can join formations fitting to his/her skill and comfort level.
Wingsuit pilot is capable of:

  • Safe, disciplined and for the full duration of a jump, flying of a specific designated slot in formations.
  • participating in multi-point formations.

Level D

Docking and basic back-flying skills, advanced formations, advanced acrobatics
Wingsuit pilot is capable of:

  • smooth and controlled docks for sustained periods of time.
  • safely flying a stacked slot in a vertical formation.
  • exiting stable on their back.
  • flying stable on their back.

Level E

Advanced docks and back-flying
Wingsuit pilot is capable of:

  • Advanced docking techniques (foot-docks, flying with both hands docked)
  • Capable of slot flying and actively taking docks while back-flying.
  • Actively adjusting forward speed, fall-rate while back-flying.
  • Navigating while back-flying

The above list is quite an elaborate breakdown of skills. But quite comparable to the tasks lists students get for their A, B and C license in various countries. Next to aiding students in their wingsuit flying progression, this task list can also serve as a guide for DZO, CI and load organizers. It can help them monitor better what experience wingsuit pilots have, and make sure they are not getting on skydives that are way beyond their level of skill. The biggest task in increasing safety is one for the wingsuit community itself (and especially its tutors), who have to become more proactive in watching out for one another in order to make sure we can safely enjoy this sport for many years to come.