August 19, 2014
By Jim Moore
Jumping out of an airplane in a kayak for some aerobatics and a water landing is not everyone's idea of fun, but Red Bull has proved time and again that people just love to watch.
“Skyaking” inventor Miles Daisher, a member of the Red Bull Air Force credited with more than 2,700 plunges from buildings, antenna, bridges (spans), and Earth (cliffs, and the like), will be among those featured in the 10-part video series “Miles Above” that is slated to launch Aug. 19, National Aviation Day. Additional episodes will follow every two weeks, Red Bull announced in a media release.
A preview video published Aug. 12 had drawn more than 51,000 views on YouTube by Aug. 18; Daisher, of Twin Falls, Idaho, is a 13-year veteran of Red Bull productions, and concedes in the preview that much of what they do is “super dangerous.”
“But you know what?” Daisher adds. “Super dangerous things are really fun.”
Red Bull’s media team preferred the term “calculated risk takers,” describing the collection of wingsuit pilots, BASE jumpers, and paragliders who will be featured along with Daisher. The episodes will include a look at their high-energy lifestyle, along with the planning and preparation that go into each of their aerial feats.
“We show what’s possible,” said Red Bull Air Force skydiver Luke Aikens. “We’re pushing the limit. That’s why we’re here. That’s what we love.”
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
Movies and Television,
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
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