Wingsuit BASE jumping is one of the most extreme and dangerous sports out there. With its mechanics similar to those of a flying squirrel, a wingsuit jumper has an average forward speed of 100 mph – that’s 146 feet per second and would clear a football field in under 2.5 seconds. Participants must carefully prepare for their jump keeping in mind that though they will fly through the air like a bird, they are falling towards the earth at around 50 mph. This is like jumping off the Empire State Building and hitting the street below in less than 20 seconds. With the risk of death being 1 in every 2,300 jumps and injury being 1 in every 254 jumps, BASE jumping is even more risky than skydiving. Wingsuit jumpers know that planning and having a proven system in place prevents mistakes and is a necessary part of their safety precautions.
Similar principles hold true when you’re deploying technology at multiple sites at an accelerated rate. The importance of speed and accuracy in completing your category 1 (one day or less) technology deployment are comparable to wingsuit BASE jumping. Without accuracy and a carefully calculated speed, a wingsuit jumper risks injury or death, just as the technology deployment may fall short of your expectations and you may suffer the injury of missed scheduled dates, revisits, unprofessional and unskilled technicians or the fatality of damaging your hard-earned reputation.