T3 Magazine April 2014
Tech Magazine Gainer April 2014
“ALL EXTRAORDINARY THINGS ARE OPPOSED AND RIDICULED AT FIRST,” says Jari Kuosma as he muses on the Wright brothers’ pursuit of flight. he might as well be talking about his life’s work. Kuosma is the inventor of the Birdman wingsuit, a radical suit that has facilitated an entirely new kind of skydiving and brought man closer to his oldest dream.
At 43 years old, the very public life of this Finnish skydiver, entrepreneur and adrenalin junkie is hardly over. having succeeded in making wingsuit flying a safe and popular sport among skydivers and BASe jumpers, Kuosma now plans to design “wingsuits for the next generation”. he also hopes to draw non-divers to the sport. “It’s the stuff dreams are made of and everybody should experience the beauty of it at least once. I believe it makes us better human beings when we are close to life and death and see things from a perspective,” he says.
- ROGER NORUM, Jetgala
BIRDMAN B.A.S.E Chronograph in the Movie
Taz Kayden: Operation Black Unicorn
Birdman TopGun and professional ass-kicker Jason David Frank acting as Taz Kayden. Taz sportning the BIRDMAN® B.A.S.E Chronograph. Check out the Trailer!
The gadget magazine
"Fly like an Eagle" Don´t just jump, soar, with the BIRDMAN®'s aerodynamic wingsuit.
Birdman, the high-flying firm of Finnish skydive legend Jari Kuosma, produced the first commercial wingsuit, back in 1999 and has been tweaking its aerodynamics to fly faster and longer ever since. The Birdman Katana is its most advanced suit yet, an Evil Knievel-looking construction of Super durable nylon, polyester and sail material that´s designed with a brand new drag reduction system that channels are over the top of its large, ribbed wings. (...)
DROP ZONE GADGETS Taking the plunge? Make sure you ave these essentials with you on the way down (...)
2) Birdman BC-B2-13 Watch. Made from aerospace -grade steel, this offers super-accurate timing for jumps.
- PETE DEKTER, T3 Magazine
Forbes, By Michael Abrams
"AS THE PLANE CLIMBS THROUGH THE BLUE SKY ABOVE DELAND, FLORIDA, WE GO OVER THE PLAN ONE MORE TIME. THE GIANT BELGIAN AND I — WE’RE STRAPPED TOGETHER — WILL JUMP FIRST AND HURL TO EARTH AT 120 MILES PER HOUR.
After 30 seconds or so, our parachute will open and then we will look directly up to see Jan Kuosma flying in our direction. The flyby is made possible by Kuosma’s odd garb: a strange white jumper with red webbing between the legs and triangular “wings” connecting the arms and the torso. “If I hit you on the way down,” Kuosma cheerfully adds byway of ending the briefing, “you die.”
Kuosma is president and owner of BirdMan Inc., the world’s first and largest purveyor of “wingsuits.” Anyone who’s logged 200 jumps can buy one of these getups for $618.00 and experience an entirely new kind of skydiving."
FHM 360 ///Adventure UAE
"(...) GET SUITED UP
The wingsuit is an outfit that resembles the anatomy of a flying squirrel. The space between the arms and legs is webbed, with a parachute-like fabric acting as your ‘wings.’ The wings inflate in such a waythat the body becomes aerodynamically streamlined: the entire back of the suit becomes curved, and the front (facing down) remains flat. Conventional science tells us that this shape accounts for higher air pressure below the suit, giving it upward lift, working in much the same manner as the wing of an airplane. (...)"
The Birdman of DeLand
JETGALA JUNE 2013
Are they nuts?
"IN THE SPIRIT OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS"
IN AUGUST 1998 just a few days after meeting for the first time, Jari Kuosma and Robert Pecnik drove from Slovenia to Arco, Italy, to leaf off a 3,000-foot cliff. For Kuosma, this was not an entirely novel activity. He´d begun throwing himself from tall earthbound structures - BASE jumping - the previous year and gad maybe a doxen jumps to his credit. (...)
Standing atop the Arco cliff just four months later, Kuosma and Pecnik knew about all this - de Gayrdon´s recent death the sports 96 percent fatality rate. Nevertheless, they resolved in that moment not only to design their own wingsuit but to do something even crazier: to build a business around selling them to skydivers. (...)
Kuosma strips off his flamingo suit, repacks his parachute for another day, and heads to the trop zone bar for a pint of Australian lager. He´s wearing neon orange pants and a blue T-shirt.
-By, William Speed Weed, Forbes