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    Now, this has to be exciting...

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    I've seen a couple of doco's of this guy and how he got started...

    This is definitely a big improvement on back then...

    Mal.

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    No kidding Mal! It's been great fun watching him progress over the years improving his design. I've sssooooooooooo envied him buzzing around up there!


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    Yes mate...

    Amazing what this bloke has done. Imagine the guts needed to try this out for the very first time. Worth it now though, must be a hell of a lot of fun...

    Mal.

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    How does he land?

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    Parachute.

    There's at least 2 and possibly 3 different parachutes on the system. His main and a backup in case it fails. He also has an emergency 'ejection' system that he can activate if he looses control. When activated he is separated from the wing/machinery and it has a chute that is deployed and his chute is also deployed. It's not clear if the wing/machinery's chute is the same one as his secondary or if it's a separate third chute.

    He's had to use the ejection system at least once. On his Gibraltar crossing there was an equipment problem which sent him into a dive, right into a dense layer of clouds. He thought he had recovered from the dive and was flying level....until he broke through the clouds in a virtually vertical dive straight at the water. Which was far too close for comfort.


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