Parachuting http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30572/all en Supersonic skydiver even faster than thought http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/supersonic-skydiver-even-faster-thought <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said Wednesday.</p> <p>According to a final analysis by Baumgartner's team Red Bull Stratos, the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or Mach 1.25, in freefall.</p> <p>Previously his team had said that the experienced skydiver had plunged back to Earth in his specially made spacesuit at 834 miles an hour or Mach 1.24.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/supersonic-skydiver-even-faster-thought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Parachuting Physics Technology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:30:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747329 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Supersonic skydiver even faster than thought http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/corrected-supersonic-skydiver-even-faster-thought <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said Wednesday.</p> <p>According to a final analysis by Baumgartner's team Red Bull Stratos, the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or Mach 1.25, in freefall.</p> <p>Previously his team had said that the experienced skydiver known as "Fearless Felix" had plunged back to Earth in his specially made spacesuit at 834 miles an hour or Mach 1.24.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/corrected-supersonic-skydiver-even-faster-thought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Parachuting Physics Technology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:17:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747651 at http://www.globalpost.com Supersonic skydiver's records confirmed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/supersonic-skydivers-records-confirmed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke three world records when he jumped from the edge of space in October, the World Air Sports Federation confirmed on Friday.</p> <p>The Swiss-based federation, also known as the FAI, said Baumgartner notched up the world's maximum vertical speed record, as well as the highest exit altitude and vertical distance of freefall.</p> <p>The FAI confirmed a final analysis by Baumgartner's team Red Bull Stratos, which said that the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or Mach 1.25, in freefall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/supersonic-skydivers-records-confirmed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Felix Baumgartner Felix Baumgartner Human Interest Parachuting AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:45:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763504 at http://www.globalpost.com Skyhawks skydiver injured after hard landing at Calgary Stampede performance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130707/skyhawks-skydiver-injured-after-hard-landing-at-calgary-stam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CALGARY - A Canadian Forces skydiver has been injured during a performance at the Calgary Stampede.</p> <p>A spokeswoman for the Skyhawks parachute team says the skydiver landed hard on Sunday afternoon and was taken to hospital in an ambulance to be checked out.</p> <p>Lt. (Navy) Julie Harris says the skydiver had just performed a manoeuvre with four other team members that occurred after the singing of O Canada.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130707/skyhawks-skydiver-injured-after-hard-landing-at-calgary-stam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parachuting Sports The Canadian Press Sun, 07 Jul 2013 23:33:29 +0000 The Canadian Press 5877893 at http://www.globalpost.com Teammate miscue not a worry for Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachuters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130711/teammate-miscue-not-worry-canadian-forces-skyhawks-parachute <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CALGARY - You don't have to be an exhibitionist to enjoy jumping out of an airplane, but it's not a bad thing when you're a member of the Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachute team.</p> <p>The elite group has been putting on a show for those attending the Calgary Stampede — dropping down with pinpoint precision with their Canadian flag parachutes, into the rodeo infield.</p> <p>"Once you do it a couple of hundred times it's just instinct," said Cpl. Richard Devle, who has been a member of the Skyhawks since March.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130711/teammate-miscue-not-worry-canadian-forces-skyhawks-parachute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parachute Parachuting Richard Devle Sports The Canadian Press Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:05:51 +0000 The Canadian Press 5881989 at http://www.globalpost.com First Pakistani women paratroopers make history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130714/first-pakistani-women-paratroopers-make-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan's first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a "landmark achievement" for the deeply conservative Muslim country.</p> <p>Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch of 24, the military said in a statement, while Captain Sadia, referred to by one name, became the first woman officer to jump from a MI-17 helicopter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130714/first-pakistani-women-paratroopers-make-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airborne warfare Infantry Parachuting AFP Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:32:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5883572 at http://www.globalpost.com Skydiving instructor killed, student hurt in Mississippi accident http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/skydiving-instructor-killed-student-hurt-mississippi-accident <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jonathan Kaminsky</p> <p>(Reuters) - A skydiving instructor died and his student was seriously injured after crash landing in woods in southern Mississippi during a tandem jump, officials said on Sunday.</p> <p>The instructor, James Horak Jr., 56, was among a group that jumped together after taking off from the Lumberton, Mississippi, airport Saturday morning, said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/skydiving-instructor-killed-student-hurt-mississippi-accident" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parachuting Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:02:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5902939 at http://www.globalpost.com Pedestrians, drivers, get impromptu aerial show when stunt jumpers hit silk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130806/pedestrians-drivers-get-impromptu-aerial-show-when-stunt-jum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EDMONTON - Police are looking for three daredevils who left onlookers bewildered when they parachuted from the top of a 35-storey condominium tower under construction in Edmonton.</p> <p>Investigators believe three men entered the fenced and locked construction site on Sunday evening in a west-central neighbourhood, climbed to the top and pulled off what's known as a base jump.</p> <p>They floated to earth and jumped into a waiting vehicle before fleeing.</p> <p>Police Insp. Brian Nowlan says the stunt is dangerous and showed disregard for public safety.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130806/pedestrians-drivers-get-impromptu-aerial-show-when-stunt-jum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parachuting The Canadian Press Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:47:00 +0000 The Canadian Press 5903901 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. skydiver frees himself from locked box, lands safely http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/us-skydiver-frees-himself-locked-box-lands-safely <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mike Robinson</p> <p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. daredevil Anthony Martin escaped Tuesday from a locked box dropped from an airplane at 14,500 feet after freeing himself from handcuffs and picking the lock in under a minute.</p> <p>"I praise God it all went good," the 47-year-old an escape artist from Sheboygan, Wisconsin told reporters afterward in comments carried on the Website of Chicago television station WLS. "It's good to be here. It's good to be alive."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130806/us-skydiver-frees-himself-locked-box-lands-safely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anthony Martin Aviation Escapologists Hospitality Parachuting Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:18:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5904185 at http://www.globalpost.com Skydiver stuntman death shows extreme sport risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130815/skydiver-stuntman-death-shows-extreme-sport-risk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The "wingsuit" skydiving discipline which cost London Games stuntman Mark Sutton his life is an extreme sport whereby participants in seach of an adrenaline high happily take the high risk into account - with sometimes tragic consequences.</p> <p>Former army officer Sutton, 42, wowed the world by parachuting into the London 2012 Olympics dressed as James Bond but died while wing-diving in Switzerland's Alpine region of Valais after crashing into a mountain ridge on Wednesday during an extreme sports gathering.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130815/skydiver-stuntman-death-shows-extreme-sport-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air sports Aviation Parachuting AFP Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:31:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5910948 at http://www.globalpost.com Steady as he falls is key to victory for skydiving cameraman http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130928/steady-he-falls-key-victory-skydiving-cameraman <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Hirtzer</p> <p>OTTAWA, Illinois (Reuters) - Professional skydiver Brandon Atwood has a strange but essential job while hurtling toward Earth at more than 100 miles per hour: He points a video camera attached to his helmet back up toward the sky while his teammates execute a complex aerial routine.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130928/steady-he-falls-key-victory-skydiving-cameraman" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Brandon Atwood Business Flight Parachuting Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 28 Sep 2013 20:16:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5947683 at http://www.globalpost.com Idaho smokejumper dies in parachute training drill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130928/idaho-smokejumper-dies-parachute-training-drill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laura Zuckerman</p> <p>SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A veteran smokejumper for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has died after parachuting from a plane during a training exercise in Idaho, the first such accident in 13 years, an agency spokesman said on Saturday.</p> <p>It was unclear if an equipment flaw, medical emergency or weather conditions caused the death on Friday of Mark Urban, 40, of Boise, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Ken Frederick.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130928/idaho-smokejumper-dies-parachute-training-drill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Firefighting Parachuting Wildland fire suppression Thomson Reuters Sun, 29 Sep 2013 02:31:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5947818 at http://www.globalpost.com Hungarian wingsuit diver missing in China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/hungarian-wingsuit-diver-missing-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Hungarian wingsuit flyer was missing Tuesday after plunging into a valley in central China when his parachute failed to deploy during a trial flight, Chinese state media reported.</p> <p>About 200 police and firefighters were searching for Victor Kovats who disappeared in a steep cliff area of the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Hunan province, the official Xinhua news agency reported.</p> <p>Organisers of the Second World Wingsuit Championship, scheduled to take place at the park on October 13, said the incident may be related to a "technical error", Xinhua reported.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/hungarian-wingsuit-diver-missing-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Flight Parachuting Technology AFP Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:20:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5955401 at http://www.globalpost.com Missing wingsuit diver found dead in China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/missing-wingsuit-diver-found-dead-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Hungarian wingsuit flyer who went missing after plunging into a valley in China when his parachute failed to deploy was found dead Wednesday, state media reported.</p> <p>About 200 police and firefighters were involved in the search for Victor Kovats, who disappeared during a trial flight on Tuesday in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in the central province of Hunan.</p> <p>"Rescuers retrieved Kovats' body at the foot of a cliff that is about 100 metres (330 feet) high on Wednesday morning," the official Xinhua news agency said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/missing-wingsuit-diver-found-dead-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parachuting Technology Wingsuit flying AFP Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:47:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5955735 at http://www.globalpost.com "Birdman" flies over Bogota's iconic Cerro de Monserrate mountain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131101/birdman-flies-over-bogotas-iconic-cerro-de-monserrate-mountain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bogota, Nov 1 (EFE).- Colombia's Jhonathan Florez, the current world champion skydiver, flew over Bogota's iconic Cerro de Monserrate mountain at a speed of 200 kilometers (124 miles) per hour and made a smooth landing, a feat he accomplished for the first time in his own country and that filled him with "pride."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131101/birdman-flies-over-bogotas-iconic-cerro-de-monserrate-mountain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Monserrate Parachuting Wingsuit flying Agencia EFE Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:31:43 +0000 Agencia EFE 5977559 at http://www.globalpost.com