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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:16 am

Snowmobile flipping





2017 X-Games: Colten Moore recovering from back surgery after X Games snowmobile crash
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/01/30/colten-moore-back-surgery-after-x-games-snowmobile-crash/97269636/
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:47 am

Electric paragliding

I hope somebody told this guy that the reason you put netting over your prop shield is to keep your brake handles from being grabbed by the prop.
This can send you into a spiral and kill you:

For those that knew Chris Atkinson and to all other PPG Pilots, please see the below report of the accident for all to learn by:

Accident/Death resulted in Right brake toggle being caught by the propellor, causing a severe right hand spiral dive into the ground. The contributing factor was that the safety netting (which had deteriorated slowly on Chris's PPG over a period of time) was removed by Chris and not replaced on the day of the accident.

Reserve had not been thrown, possibly meaning the catastrophic event happened at low altitude. Reserve was a overhead reserve.

Measurements of brake line lengths were standard on his Hadron and so were not extended as some have wrongly reported.

Low hang-point paramotors when a Pilot leans forward, the cage can move closer towards risers and with Chris removing the safety netting prior to his tragic flight, resulted in the brake toggle being caught by the propellor, with Right hand toggle entangling onto cage frame, which was impossible for the Pilot to release. Brake line was still attached to PPG frame behind pilots head when witnesses came to Pilots aid..Pilot impacted face down at high speed resulting in his death.

May Chris's death not be in Vain

I would personally like to Thank Bob Bauer , Fabian Fabbro and Matt Fox for their enormous help in the investigation.

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:07 am

Soaring parachutists: 5-4-3-2 Your Time Is Up
http://lyricmp3skull.tv/s363640c/file/jade-5-4-3-2-yo-time-is-up-laid-back-4-da-radio-mix/64162830.mp3
https://archive.org/details/4m2gwdujdqo7cwtzcr6pgx

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Your collapse will be with you shortly.

Paragliding         February 22, 2016
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#1547    Webster Bitu
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Paragliding        February 23, 2017
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:52 pm

Paragliding        February 28, 2017
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Nearly impossible in a hang glider, when a soaring parachutist's wing bubble suddenly turns to fluttering laundry in perfectly normal atmospheric turbulence, he will often fall out of the sky vertically, impacting on his legs.
Sometimes the bones shatter and poke outside the flesh, causing a great deal of bleeding, as is the case here.
The high impact force is often transferred to the hip joint, popping the femur out of its socket, as is the case here.
Paragliding also provides the highest percentage of back and spinal injuries of any popular sport.
Recovery, when it occurs, frequently results in a permanent "paragliding limp."
However, many suffering this type of injury will die unexpectedly from blood clots escaping the the legs causing stroke or cardiac arrest years into the future.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:13 am

Paragliding #1508
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The inquest found that David Lee had fallen out of the sky after a "sudden and violent" gust of wind caused a frontal collapse of his paraglider.
At the time of the accident, Lee was taking a course on how to recover from a frontal collapse of his paraglider caused by a "sudden and violent" gust of wind.
No mention of the Universal Paragliding Design Flaw (UPDF) was made at the inquest by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, which regards the paragliding slaughter as simply a pilot control issue which can be improved by training courses on how to recover from the frontal collapse of a paraglider caused by a "sudden and violent" gust of wind.
BHPA investigator David Thompson said, “It does not surprise me he was not able to control the dive, it all would have happened so fast.”
Lee was the one thousand five hundred and eighth soaring parachutist to die on a paraglider that I have records for up to September 8, 2016.
Two other men died on collapsed paragliders that same day in Europe: one in Germany (#1509) and one in France (#1510).

Such a high death rate for soaring parachutists in a single day often indicates the day was spectacular for thermal soaring in hang gliders.
Hang glider pilots, of course, do not worry about their hang gliders collapsing.
Hang gliders have lightweight airframes to prevent collapse.
We enjoy our flying without worrying that we may be killed in the next second by "a sudden and violent gust of wind" - how could that be fun?
Of course, we occasionally do encounter "sudden and violent gusts of wind" but, rather than ending up as a mangled corpse on the rocks, we shout "Yahoo!" and crank and bank into the thermal, climbing toward heaven instead of actually going there.
That is the stark and fundamental difference between the sports: To collapse or not to collapse, that is the question.

I have been told by soaring parachutists that their many dead friends died "doing what they loved."
One even told me that he "would rather die than have to carry a hang glider."
But I have always suspected in those last seconds before impact that they were wishing they had been flying a real aircraft - perhaps even a hang glider - instead of deadly, fluttering laundry.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:31 am

Paragliding        March 11, 2017
Looks like the wind picked up in France's Basque country today.
Measured in the low 40s mph.
Of the three rescues I know about, one soaring parachutist died, one was seriously injured and one received only minor injuries.
Soaring parachutists are always telling other soaring parachutists that flying paragliders is safe if you choose the conditions carefully.
Hang glider pilots are always wondering what soaring parachutists are going to do if the wind picks up when they are in the air.
Now we know.

Ask a soaring parachutist if he knows what pitch control is, then explain it to him.
Hang gliders have pitch control.
Paragliders don't. Soaring parachutists think spoiling their wing shape is pitch control.
It's not. Increasing drag makes a paraglider get carried away in a strong wind.
Speed bar? The faster they fly, the more likely is the threat of collapse.
Pulling in the base tube on a hang glider makes you penetrate. That's instant pitch. Don't leave home without it.
I've planted that base tube on the ground in 40 mph winds. Scary, but you can do it on a hang glider.
But nothing is going to help that paraglider next to you.
He's toast, drifting backwards into power lines or a rocky hill.
The trusting fool didn't think he'd ever need real pitch control, then he jumped into the peaceful sky.

"The sky, to which some men are drawn like lost children going home.
The sky, sometimes lover, sometimes mother, sometimes savage master."
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:10 am

Paragliding fatality #1548 - March 11, 2017
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"The man was caught by a gust of wind that plastered him on a wall,"
explained a magistrate from the Bayonne Procuratorate.


" L’homme a été pris par une rafale de vent qui l’a plaqué sur une paroi » a expliqué une magistrate du Parquet de Bayonne."
http://www.20minutes.fr/bordeaux/2029123-20170312-pyrenees-atlantiques-33-ans-tue-accident-parapente

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Earlier in paragliding's evolution toward extinction, soaring parachutists were more cautious, but today there is more peer pressure to fly in higher winds.
It is no surprise to me that more are being killed, maimed and seriously injured attempting to fly conditions more suitable for hang gliders:

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby eagle » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:37 am

( Originally Posted, Sat Apr 05, 2014 » Previewed 589 times » Updated Now » lol )

Radio Radio ~ Shall I Drag him into the Public Eye ~ Again
~ How Many Times Must I Bash the Flight Director & Staff before the LAW Gets a Clue ~

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:57 pm

BASE Jumping
After a 21-day hike, the Russian Valery Rozov jumps from the world's sixth highest mountain, 26,864 feet Cho Oyu, breaking his own previous height record.
The flight lasted 90 seconds with a descent of 6,000 feet.
https://players.brightcove.net/1439051358001/4JE31Ysng_default/index.html?directedMigration=true&videoId=5182696225001&
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