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12 November 2016

Six athletes represented the Russian team at the first-ever competition. The wingsuit flying team included: Alexey Shatilov, Andrey Fedosov, Larisa Sverdlenko, Leonid Sigalov, Dmitry Podoryaschy and Sergey Panteleev.

According to team member Dmitry Podoryaschy who came fourth and ranked among the top five pilots, the difference between 2nd, 3rd and 4th places was minimal. “We had a good chance to climb even higher but couldn’t jump the whole program due to bad weather. We’ll seek to compete for first place next year!” he added.

“In my opinion, wingsuit athletes are closest to realizing the dream of mankind to fly,” says Technodinamika CEO Maxim Kuzyuk. “These enthusiasts take the highest risk with a minimal equipment set and only people who really love the sky are capable of this. Technodinamika Holding shares these values and we are going to keep on supporting the participation of the Russian team in international competitions. Russia must not lag behind in this promising area.”

Wingsuit flying dates back to the mid-1990s when a modern wingsuit with webs between the arms and legs was invented. It had a design similar to the aircraft wing, air intakes and ribs and was designed to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency. It makes it possible to reduce the vertical speed of fall of a man from 200-270 km/h to 35-70 km/h, increase the horizontal flight speed to more than 300 km/h and achieve the horizontal distance flown in a suit of over 12 kilometers. The Annual Wingsuit Performance World Series (PPC World Series) has been held since 2014. It consists of the national competitions (5-7 events per year), whose results are used to generate the worldwide wingsuit pilot ranking. In January 2015, the discipline was officially recognized by the FAI and the first Wingsuit Flying World Cup was held. Russian pilots have taken part in all competitions.