Choice of the best day, best wind and meteoroligal conditions for each competition round and security are the key points of both the ProBASE world cup and ProBASE Qualifier events. Every jumper taking part is a BASE jumpìng professional and will first of all inspect the object, wind conditions and landing area from the bottom of the site. After a precise evaluation, jumpers will usually go to the exit point and repeat their evaluation, checking again for wind force, wind direction and safety of the exit point. All competitions always include a test jump where the jumpers can decide how to fly the set up, approach the landing area and test delay time in order to make it to the target. Once this round has been completed the competition starts and jumpers can go for the points.
For every PBWC or PBWQ event, the security measures are the same and include mandatory protection for jumpers (helmet, knee pads and back protection.) All objects are always secured before and during the competition by professional rescue teams and for mountain events Professional Mountain guides, a helicopter and/or an ambulance are on standby.
Safety Rules PROBASE Wingsuit Race, Lauterbrunnen 2009:
2.1 Safety rules:
Each competitor will choose a lane, A or B, meaning a corridor to follow during the flight. The lanes are established by clearly marked, highly visible buoys placed behind the finish line in the landing area and the exit platform each jumper exits from. From the jumpers POV looking towards the landing area, lane A is determined by an imaginary line from the left exit ramp to the left buoy in the field. Lane B is determined by an imaginary line from the right exit ramp to the right buoy in the field. Neither jumper is allowed to switch lanes or cross into the other racers air space during the race. Meaning, the pilot in lane A has to always fly to the left of his buoy and the pilot in lane B has to always fly to the right of his buoy.
Should an infraction of air space occur the pilot who caused the infraction will be disqualified.
2.1.2 Opening height:
All pilots will have to open their canopies at a safe height to have sufficient time to unzip their arm wings and safely make it to the landing area. The minimum canopy time established for this race is 25 seconds. This means the canopy has to be fully inflated and stay in the air for a minimum of 25 seconds. If a pilot opens too low or does not have a minimum canopy time of 25 seconds he will be disqualified.
2.1.3 Landing pattern:
The landing pattern will be established by the prevailing wind conditions during the race. A landing pattern will be given out before the first heat according to conditions and will be adjusted or changed should the wind conditions change during the race. Pilots are required to keep the landing patterns except if it would cause a collision or otherwise unsafe landing. Basic rules of canopy traffic should be followed.
3.1.1Suits being used for jumping in the PBWS should be manufactured by a well known and qualified brand that is available on the market. Minor modifications can be accepted individually and has to be reported to the safety crew before participating.
3.1.2 All participants will use a helmet
3.1.3 Parachute equipment (rig, parachute, pilot chute, bridle etc.) should be specifically created for BASE jumping from terminal cliffs and should be in a shape acceptable for terminal flights.
3.1.4 Wing suits and parachute gear should be prepared for wing suit flying in a safe way. I.E. Bridle shrivel flaps etc.
3.1.5 All additional equipment that is being used during jumping should be well known by the participant from earlier use. The participant has to be well experienced with the equipment being used in the competition.
3.2 Experience level
It is the participant’s responsibility to show that experience- and safety level is clearly satisfying to participate in the competition. There will be no exact border for experience level, but the level of experience and safety will be evaluated individually on the participant’s results and attitude during the warm up week or by the organizers earlier experience from the participant. Generally, the level should be high and we look for well experienced wing suit pilots with experience from terminal wing suit flying, with a long experience in using wing suits and the expected equipment for such jumping.
The special circumstances that a big competition, with audience and media creates will put a much higher level of stress on the participants. All this can contribute to push the jumper out of his/her comfort zone and therefore it is very important that each pilot is well comfortable with his own abilities to perform a safe and controlled jump.