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By Matt Higgins

A gripping chronicle of skydivers, BASE jumpers, and the most recent aerial pioneers at the edge

Human flight is among the final nice demanding situations on the earth. in contrast to how the Wright brothers flew, yet how we fly in our dreams.

This is the aim of the Wingsuit touchdown undertaking: to bounce throughout the sky at accelerates to a hundred mph, over distances as much as 4 and a part miles, and to land with no the help of a parachute. at the very least part a dozen teams around the world have taken half, from France, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Britain to the USA. This undertaking is the construction of thirty-seven-year-old adrenaline-seeking Jeb Corliss, Jr., a Southern Californian who seeks to emulate a style of flight extra like a flying squirrel than fowl or aircraft. the chances of the wingsuit thought have captured the human imagination— from the legendary Icarus to liked personality Wile E. Coyote—but the consequences have often been disastrous. New designs built during the last twenty years have made the wingsuit a little more secure and extra predictable, yet large hazards nonetheless remain.

Journalist Matt Higgins won intimate entry to wingsuit pioneer Corliss; a brash, publicity-hungry wealthy child from l. a. who, after years of BASE leaping and skydiving, got down to be the 1st individual to be dropped 2,400 ft and land completely via a wingsuit. yet someplace within the united kingdom, a forty-two-year-old guy of ordinary ability was once plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal $3 million online game. His identify was once Gary Connery. in addition to a world team of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian desktop programmer, a gruff former Hollywood stuntman-turned aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African dress designer—Corliss and Connery race to jump into the unknown because the world’s most appropriate wingsuit pilots. This race will approximately expense one of many opponents his life.

Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled narrative a couple of crew of unforgettable characters who danger every little thing to accomplish man’s age-old dream of flying. Chronicling every thing from stunt parachuting in Nineteen Sixties Hollywood to BASE leaping off landmark constructions in new york to wingsuit flying in South the US, chicken Dream takes readers to the leading edge of this new frontier—as good because the unusual technology and fearless historical past that experience led us to this notable element within the human experience.

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Rack your brain and always pick examples where you honestly did make a significant contribution. Chapter 4: Talking about Yourself 43 What is your greatest failure? Ooh, this is a nasty question. The interviewer is setting you a big trap to fall into. The way to fend off this question is by saying that you don’t think that you have ever had a ‘greatest failure’. However, saying that you’ve never failed is not a good enough answer on its own. So go on to talk about some minor failure that you have experienced – perhaps a particular project that did not go well or a piece of work that was not up to your usual high standards.

Smile when you talk about your strengths or achievements: Smiling would be incongruous when talking about difficult situations at work. But if talking about positive aspects of yourself and your working life, try to add a smile at some point. ߜ Smile when you leave the room: When you say your goodbyes and thank the interviewers for their time, give them another broad smile to show that you enjoyed meeting them. Common vocal mistakes Job candidates tend to make one of three mistakes when it comes to their voice during an interview.

Do you have any regrets? Regret is a very strong, emotionally laden word. Again, the trap here is for unwary candidates to end up confessing major misgivings about their lives. Unskilled interviewers often ask closed questions. But even though answering with a simple yes or no is technically correct, avoid doing so as you’ll lose out on an opportunity to sell yourself. One way to avoid the trap would be to say something like: Sure, I have made mistakes, but I don’t think that I have any real regrets.

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