Fear of heights? Here's a tip for aspiring skydivers from an expert

| Monday, August 1, 2016 - 20:25
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New Delhi: Luke Aikins, the 42-year-old with more than 18,000 jumps under his belt, created history when he became the first person to jump from 25,000 feet without a parachute.

Aikins landed safely in a net after a 2-minute freefall where he reached the speeds upto 150 miles per hour in the 100 by 100 ft net at the Simi Valley, southern California.

Rudra Solanki, the founder of Skyhigh India in an interview with NewsX said that dangerous is a perspective.

“Sky diving is one of the safest adventure sports in the world. You are more likely to die in a car accident than jumping of a plane,” he said.

On Aikinss freefall of 150 miles per hour from 25,000 above the ground, Solanki quipped “those who don’t jump will never fly”.

On 30-metre wide net set for Aikins’ landing pad, he said that the skydiver must have taken lot of practice and perseverance in skydives to know where to go and have decent flying skills.

For the first timers and those who are afraid of heights, Solanki said anyone can start sky diving pertaining numerous reasons like “conquering fears, birthday gift or trying to feel the rush.

“If you really want to fly, just go out and jump,” said Solanki.

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