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See how a wingsuit pilot takes to the sky (pictures)

In April, a team of wingsuit pilots will attempt the first flyover of the Grand Canyon. See what equipment they'll be using.

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Lexy Savvides
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Suit up

Each wingsuit is custom-made to the flyer's dimensions and costs about AU$2,000 (US$1,612 or £1,066) to buy. Made of zero porosity nylon, each suit has 300 panels tailored for each flyer. For scale, you can see a helmet and the two cameras at the top of the frame.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Eye in the sky

To record the flight, a 4K camcorder is mounted to the top of the helmet. Normally there are two cameras side-by-side to capture stills and video.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Bite me

The bite switch located inside the helmet is used to trigger the shutter of the still camera. No hands required (they're kind of tied up during a wingsuit flight).

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Photo machine

Next to the camcorder on the helmet, the wingsuit pilot will mount an A7S for still-image capture, triggering it using the bite switch.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Dual view

Other flyers have smaller Sony Action Cams mounted to their helmet to capture footage from their point of view. The camera at the front of the image is facing backward and is worn by Dr. Glenn Singleman, the lead flyer. He then uses this footage after the fact to look at the formation and technique of the flyers behind him.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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In-flight chatter

On the side of the helmet is a Sena motorcycle Bluetooth communication device that lets the flyers talk to one another during the jump.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Oxygen

Military grade equipment for delivering oxygen to the wingsuit pilots, which Dr. Singleman buys through eBay. He also mounts Action Cams on either side of the helmet, and has experimented with them inside and out of the cases to determine which one fogs less. So far, the camera outside of the case produces the best results.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Location

The FlySight is a GPS unit that gives the wingsuit pilot audible cues on variables like glide ratio during the flight.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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Up, up and away

A manual altimeter sits on the wingsuit as another layer of redundancy in case the electronic altimeter doesn't work. Also in this shot you can see one of the vents in the ram-air wing that air rushes through to inflate the wingsuit during flight.

Read our story about the Grand Canyon wingsuit flight here.

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