Just to add, the Burj Khalifa, which rises 2,717 ft in Dubai, recently had a well-publicized base jump soiree where "Skydive Dubai sponsored the first leap off The Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall, on Saturday 21th April 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record Title of the Highest BASE Jump from the Tallest Building, exhibiting their astonishing base jumping skills...
...Skydive Dubai, with the support of Emirates Aerosports Federation, is one of the world’s premier skydiving locations right in the heart of Dubai City, with a desire for breaking world records. Since Skydive Dubai’s launch in 2010, they have provided a platform for extreme athletes to express their passion, train hard, and achieve their dreams."http://www.skydivedubai.ae/skydive-duba ... -building/
Obviously a different mind-set over there than currently exhibited here in Yosemite... someone over there realized (correctly) that if you build it, and if it's tall and accessible, someone will surely jump/fly it. "Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place..." This sanctioned event (no doubt insured up the butt) brought much acclaim and publicity to the structure, the sport, as well as to the individuals. How is our "platform" any different?
Here in Yosemite we have world renown high granite walls - easily accessed, and a culture that esteems those who dare try to ascend them. When on the wall, free climber's exploits are well-publicized/ recognized as home-town heroes/ spotting scopes prominently set up below to observe same; one slip though, (even though prepared for this contingency and wearing a chute) - instantly vilified?
RE - flying the walls - Accept it, license it, embrace it, promote it, restrict it to those qualified, strictly regulate it, insure it...even charge just to do it legally if/when determined/ proven up to the task. Just don't contribute/add to the obvious inherent dangers by making those who are (probably slightly disturbed but somewhat) qualified?... having them then attempt flight in less-than-ideal conditions. Yes, while still an extremely dangerous sport, (no more so than free-climbing?), realize/accept that this type of activity is growing, both here and elsewhere.