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​FAA Revokes Pilots’ Licenses after Failed Red Bull Plane Swap Stunt

On April 24, Red Bull Air Force pilots Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington tried to do the impossible on live TV above Arizona: flying two planes in parallel, jumping out of them, and re-entering the other’s aircraft before landing them. Red Bull called the event the “plane swap,” and unfortunately it did not go to plan. Aikins was able to re-enter the plane Farrington had been flying and land it, but the other plane entered an uncontrollable spin before crashing. Luckily, Farrington was able to deploy his parachute and land safely. Following the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration revoked both pilots’ licenses and fined Aikins $4,932 for abandoning his pilot seat and operating an aircraft in a careless and reckless manner.

A few days after the event, Aikins, who was the project lead and chief pilot, posted on Instagram that he decided to go ahead with stunt despite not receiving approval from the FAA for a special exemption from federal rules. Aikins and Farrington had successfully practiced the aerial swap maneuver several times (with other pilots in control of the respective aircraft) before attempting it solo.

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VIDEO: Spotting Big Air Mare’s Smile Through Pillow Lines
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VIDEO: Spotting Big Air Mare’s Smile Through Pillow Lines

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Big Air Mare exceeds style points for being able to spot her smile from miles away! Mary Rand took 2021 as an opportunity to explore pillow lines and good times in her backyard. With an optimistic approach to her riding style, Mary’s radiant character spreads to those filming and riding with her. With the help of friendship and mentorship, Mary improved her technique through calculated risk and infinite bliss. We can’t wait to see what the mountains have in store for Big Air Mare in

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​TGR x HBO Present: Edge of the Earth Official Trailer
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Teton Gravity Research and HBO have teamed up to bring you the all-new documentary film series  Directed by Steve and Todd Jones, EDGE OF THE EARTH brings you an immersive blend of action-adventure sport, travel journal, and nature documentary, following four different groups of elite action-adventure athletes on four unique, never-before accomplished missions within undiscovered realms of nature. Starting with an Alaskan winter ski and snowboard expedition, reaching the heights of a first

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Will Captain Crocs Ever Sail Home?
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Sailing from island to island in Norway alongside jumping whales isn’t quite the average commute to the mountains. After a decade of dreaming about the Kvænangstindan mountain range, Nikolai Schirmer and friends hop aboard the last voyage of Captain Crocs’ vessel Sofie, soaring north through the brisk winds and a snowstorm of a lifetime. While exploring fascinating terrain in Norway, enduring narrow couloirs and a questionable snowpack, the crew faces the question if they will ever sail back