So you're the guy the TV commercials are thinking of when they air a stunt and say "Do not try this at home.'
Yea, I watch that and say, "You know what? I think a lot of people would like to see me do that.' I've been quoted a lot of times saying "I live vicariously through myself.'
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is about to attempt a jump from 120,000 feet, a new altitude record. Is he an icon in your community with his corporate sponsorship?
In all honesty, a jump like that just wouldn't happen unless you had a corporate sponsor. There are so many variables and so much that goes into a performance jump, or whatever you want to call it. Unless you're Richard Branson, you're really not going to have the funds to put into a project like that.
What's the difference between you and Felix, as far as how you jump?
There are so many different disciplines from traditional skydiving to belly flying where these groups work to make small and large formations, to fliers who go at faster speeds by skydiving standing up, sitting up or head down, to base jumpers who jump off cliffs, buildings, antennas and what not.
What's your highest jump?
When you jump from that altitude, how much time do you spend falling?
It depends. When you're at a higher altitude, the air is thinner, so your fall rate is faster than it is when you're at 6,000 feet because the atmosphere is thicker, more resistant. Traditional skydives last 50 seconds to one minute from 12,500 feet. From about 30,000 feet if you're flying on your belly, it could last 2.5 minutes, something like that, until you're under canopy. If we do a wing suit jump, we could be in the air for four- to six minutes, depending on how we fly.