The Ultimate Wingsuit Flying Quiz

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The Ultimate Wingsuit Flying Quiz
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About This Quiz

Wingsuit flying is one of the most extreme of the extreme sports. Only skydivers with a great deal of experience can become wingsuit flyers. Take this quiz to learn more about soaring like a bird in your own wingsuit.
It's a flying squirrel, it's a snow angel, it's a:
wingsuit
The wingsuit looks like a cross between a flying squirrel and a snow angel.
paraglider
parachutist

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How do wingsuit flyers achieve sufficient altitude for flying?
jump from a high precipice
jump out of a plane
Wingsuit flyers must jump out of a plane or from a high precipice.
both answers

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What must wingsuit flyers use to ensure a safe landing?
GPS
parachute
Wingsuit flyers must deploy a parachute in order to land.
gliding system

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What is the advantage of wingsuit flying over skydiving?
aerial acrobatics
Wingsuit flyers can perform more aerial acrobatics, because they descend at a rate much slower than skydivers.
faster descents
less dangerous

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What pulls a flying object downward?
lift
weight
Weight pulls flying objects downward.
thrust

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What affects horizontal movement?
thrust
Thrust propels and drag retards horizontal movement.
lift
weight

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What creates thrust for birds?
flapping of wings
The flapping of a bird's wings creates the thrust.
open wing position
neither answer

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How much does a wingsuit cost?
$250
$600
$1,200
A wingsuit costs around $1,200. Some cost much more.

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Why do wingsuiters need a parachute to land?
not enough lift
The wingsuit cannot provide enough lift for a safe landing.
not enough weight
both answers

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How many traditional skydive jumps are required to become a wingsuit flyer?
100
200
You must have completed 200 traditional skydive jumps with an instructor in the past 18 months.
500

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Upon exiting the airplane, what stance does the wingsuit flyer assume?
spread arms and legs
roll into a ball
Upon exiting the plane, the wingsuit flyer must curl up; once he starts falling he spreads arms and legs wide.
spread arms and legs pressed together

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When was the first parachute jump from a plane?
1912
The first jump in 1912 came only nine years after the Wright brothers' first successful flight.
1930
1956

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Of the original 75 wingsuit-jumping pioneers, how many perished?
65
70
72
Between 1930 and 1961, 72 birdmen died while testing new winged designs.

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Who has the record for the longest wingsuit flight?
Ueli Gegenschatz
Jhonathan Florez
Colombia's Jhonathan Florez holds the record at 9 minutes, 6 seconds, to the Guinness Book of Records.
Patrick De Gayardon

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When did wingsuits first become available for commercial use?
1965
1998
Wingsuits were brought on the market in 1998.
2005

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How long was the longest recorded wingsuit flight?
11 miles
15 miles
16 miles
Jhonathan Florez holds this record too. On the same 2012 flight where he broke the record for longest wingsuit flight, he also set a record for greatest horizontal distance at 16.315 miles.

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How do flyers slow descent and decrease forward movement?
increase lift
To slow descent and forward movement, flyers must create as much surface area as possible to increase lift.
decrease lift
neither answer

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What wingsuit design advancement resulted in the United States Parachute Association lifting the ban on wingsuit flying?
webbed wing surfaces
The innovation of augmenting skydiving suits with webbed wing surfaces resulted in the UAPA lifting the ban.
canvas wing structures
steel construction

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What may large movements by wingsuit flyers cause?
dive
spin
both answers
Large movements by wingsuit flyers can cause a dive or spin.

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What is an airfoil?
a surface that can provide lift
created by the wingsuit flyer's whole body
both answers
An airfoil is a surface, such as a wing, that can provide lift. In wingsuit flying, the whole body of the flyer becomes an airfoil.

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You Got:
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