Five World Records in Chicago

 Photo by Claudiu Frigescu

Photo by Claudiu Frigescu

Joe Ridler and Alexey Galda had an epic weekend, both flying their Squirrel CR+. The duo set five world records in one day. Joe set three world records, two of which were eclipsed by last load:

  • PPC world record in Speed (350.3 km/h, eclipsed)
  • PPC world record in Distance (5605m, eclipsed)
  • PPC world record in Speed (374.8 km/h)
  • Guinness world record: fastest (horizontal) speed achieved in a wingsuit (385.8 kph, pending)

Alexey also set two world records of his own:

  • PPC world record in Distance (5996m)
  • Guinness world record: fastest (horizontal) speed achieved in a wingsuit (eclipsed)

When we talk about open records such as these, it’s unfair to do so without mentioning an obvious major factor, which is: conditions. Wingsuit record chasing in its current form is a game of training, equipment, budgets, and… conditions. Whether pilots are searching for open distance, PPC distance or time, or any form of speed, wind conditions are a large part of the results. In short: yes, of course these results were achieved in wind. But one should never underestimate the difficulty and risk that are inherent in executing a performance flight in such challenging conditions, and the training and planning that are necessary. In our opinion these results are highly commendable.

We would like to send a hearty congratulations to the intrepid duo, from all the team at Squirrel! 


Blog post by: Squirrel.ws