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Burning Man 2012 Pyro Night Jump Practice

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Published on Sep 8, 2012

This is a practice jump for a night-time pyro jump that never happened. This is Black Rock City (Burning Man) 2012 (density altitude 7000 feet!). Camp Burning Sky brought a PAC750XL and between jumpers and 'FireFlys' (lucky recipients gifted free flights over the city) it ran pretty consistantly for 4 days. Again its my AFF buddy Scott and new friend, Swiss paratrooper Lucio. Scott built the pyro gear and while most of the night jump load was using pyro that was lowered once under canopy, the highlight of the display was to be our 3 way that would fire one set while in this star formation (and track) and a second coordinated set once under canopy. The practice went great and the night jump took off with 12 jumpers and some ridiculous amount of pyro (96 gerbs(sp)!). There was no 'sit the pyro next to the door' - pretty scary stuff I have to admit. We were circling around 7K AGL when word came that conditions on the ground had 'deteriorated' (Burning Man speak for 'sandstorm'). Apparently our pilot was that first to land a jump plane on the unlit runway at night in a sandstorm with a full load (great - more excitement :)). We were all dissapointed that the jump didnt happen, but the entire experience was amazing.
This is the first video in which I have inserted a second viewpoint. The main image is the GoPro on my head. The inset is from Lucio's camera. The main character in the PIP is me - if you need a visual cue to tie the two images together, whenever the person in the PIP (me) looks down, the main image is of the ground. Please let me know if this is too confusing (comment) and I wont pursue this methodology/visual-style. Enjoy. :)

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