World champion global adventurer that leads a team of human flight specialists that defy conventional wisdom and achieve the unachievable
Alastair Macartney is a World Champion and global adventurer and that leads a team of human flight specialists that defy conventional wisdom and achieve the unachievable while raising awareness for charity. From setting a World Record leaping from the KL Tower in Malaysia to leading a 3-man wingsuit human flight formation from the infamous north face of the Eiger in Switzerland his team create the catalyst to inspire and motivate others to push their boundaries while bridging the intersection to support others less fortunate than themselves.
Alastair pursues innovative solutions to achieving and conquering human flight. Whether from a plane, a cliff ledge or a skyscraper; Alastair has used his extraordinary talents in a unique way. A philanthropist at heart, he developed the concept of Extreme Charitable Work, having turned his adventures into a means of helping those less able than himself. He established and developed Jump4Heroes, The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team, and developed the strategy to provide the team with outstanding National and International results, far exceeding all expectations.
This Christmas, the adventurers amongst us will be gazing out of the snow splattered windows, plotting. If we're not currently on an adventure then we know that Christmas is the time for rest and relaxation. This rejuvenation is key as we plot, in our own special way, to take over the world with our hair-brained adventures.
Flying wingsuits in demanding environments is not without its risk. All events have to take this seriously and, as the sport and wingsuit technology advances, so does the competitive landscape. Red Bull Aces is a novel concept and, instead of leaping from mountains, competitors exit a plane. They then fly head-to-head through a slalom course with gates suspended below hovering helicopters.
We remembered too not just those from the First World War, but all wars past and present including those serving right now in Afghanistan and other Operations around the world. And, of course, it's not just the soldiers themselves but the families that give their all in support of those brave men and women.
Because TED talks are so short, every sentence must count. The normal fillers, the waffle, the um's and the ah's all have to be erased. There's no time for them. The message has to be crystal clear, refined. Every single word that is uttered must add value...
Dogs really can fly. They've actually been doing it for years with a bit of human help. Earlier this week one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dean Potter released a video of his dog, Whisper, flying.
Leaping from mountains, flying my Jedei winguit through valleys, soaring past the circling birds and glancing across at my team mates just inches away is an almost indescribable experience. An experience that I live for.
A jump like this involves technical detail. It is not for a novice BASE jumper. In the urban environment there are a multitude of factors to consider such as wind currents that swirl around the various structures creating turbulence in many unsuspecting areas and at a variety of altitudes.
As a human flight specialist and wingsuit BASE jumper, leaping from the Eiger was like a dream come true. It had been an incredible journey and, after a safe and successful landing, I looked back up at the mountain I had flown from and contemplated life in a new way.
07/05/2014 12:50 BST
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