I am Brendan Weinstein, 27 yr old wingsuit pilot that loves flying long terrain lines in the mountains. My most recent project was flying on my back a little bit above the ground as I mirror'd my friend Greg's body movements above me for navigatio...
My friend Jeff messaged me right before I was heading to sleep to say Greg and I made the frontpage of reddit with this gif someone made of one of our jumps https://www.reddit.com/r/holdmyredbull/comments/9alaro/while_i_glide_down_this_mountainside/
So stoked to see all the love for something we pour our hearts into. When I am not flying, I work on a project called BaseBeta -- if you are jumper, check it out at basebeta.com -- with my girlfriend Jean and a team of volunteers that is dedicated to providing laser profiles of wingsuit/tracksuit exits, providing gps start analysis tools, and approach beta.
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Update 1: Fell asleep over here. Keep the questions coming. I'll be doing my best to answer them throughout the day.
Update 2: Thanks for all the love reddit. Gonna keep doing my best to keep up with the questions.
Update 3: Floored by the response this thread has gotten. So stoked that there are so many budding future wingsuit pilots.
Check out dropzone.com to find your nearest dropzone to start learning to skydive. That's the first step! For the large number of folks interested in risk, self delusion, sports psychology, I recommend reading "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman. That was one of my favorite reads this year and super relevant to what we do.
There were also a fair number of questions about money and work. Software development is a job you can do in many places around the world. I currently do contract work for a fully remote company. My girlfriend does remote software development work as well. Neither of us have formal education for it and are self-taught. My main motivation for pursuing that career path was having a healthy budget for wingsuit adventures. I've still found myself living out of a car for many months, but I am super happy. The path is not for everyone, but if you really want to make it happen -- you might want to consider the benefits of remote IT work combined with the occasional paid sports gig. It's not a bad life.
Will be back on tomorrow to answer more questions and will be calling it a wrap after tomorrow (August 28).
Update 5: It's been fun reddit! Thanks for the great questions, jokes, and dialogue. I am most responsive on Instagram. If you have more questions and want to chat, hit me up there. Stoked to see how many people are interested in getting started with skydiving. I think you all should do it. Cheers!