Air Traffic Controller
The ATC is the first suit to truly span the gap between “big” and “small”, while flying comfortably in both categories. It has enough performance to fly a formation with FREAKs, yet it’s small and nimble enough to flock easily with SWIFTs and FUNKs. This new design is intended for any pilot who wants a “small” suit with extra range and speed.
Originally, the ATC was designed for our wingsuit coaches, instructors, and load organizers who need extra range on their students and formation pilots, but don’t want to depower their FREAK or other large suit. The ATC allows you to fly circles around a smaller suit without having to focus on depowering the extra surface area of a large suit.
The ATC is simple and intuitive to fly – similar to the FUNK and other designs in that class. The difference is that the higher performance planform yields increased speed and glide. The incredible intuitiveness of the ATC makes it an excellent choice for pilots who want more performance, but aren’t ready for a FREAK. The ratio of performance to comfort and ease of use is higher in the ATC than any suit we have flown. Our team pilots agree that this “mini-FREAK” has surprising performance for its small size.
Although it is in the same range of total surface area as the FUNK, the ATC has much more speed and glide performance. Real-world example: the ATC can be flown together with FREAKs. There is no struggle when mixing with larger suit formations. At the same time, it requires no depower effort to fly with beginners or any pilot in a smaller surface design.
Like all of our newest designs, the ATC benefits from the technical advances made during the C-RACE development over the past two years. The same low-drag compression inlets and profile/planform research that took Squirrel pilots to the top of every major competition in the past two years are contained in the ATC.
We’re very excited about this new concept and we’d like to thank our team pilots who helped us develop it. What started as powerful work tool for pro pilots has turned into a highly versatile suit that will appeal to any wingsuit pilot of beginner-intermediate ability and up. Whether you’re an instructor, load organizer, progressing pilot, or an expert looking to tip it over and mix it up, the ATC’s power and range will surprise you.
In 2012, Squirrel introduced the first 3D reinforced inlet, which has now been adopted by other manufacturers. The new Compression Inlet builds on this innovation with higher intake efficiency and lower drag. The aerodynamic shape, finely tuned size, and intake feed are all the result of extensive R&D.
The ATC’s planform is based on the FREAK and other higher performance designs, with an extended mid-chord wing root (extra surface area around your hips). The total surface area puts it closer to small surface designs. The result: easily accessible performance.
Rapid Arm Deployment. A carefully designed forearm segment of your leading edge allows improved access to your PC at pull time, and your risers / toggles during opening. This helps to make BOC access and early riser control safer and more intuitive than traditional designs.
The new nutsack is accessed from the same location, but is a panel-wide flexible hammock which allows more storage and also keeps items higher / closer to your CG, and further from the leg inlets. Store your gear closer to your center of gravity without having it affect the fit of your suit.
Lightweight, durable, and more stable than mesh, Porcher Sport Skytex is renowned for its mechanical stability. Helps to reduce overall weight and pack volume.
The ATC attaches to your rig with one simple zipper for quick and easy rigging. An adjustable lateral slot lets you customize the lateral position for your rig, or any other rig in your size range that might be used with your suit.
The bottom surface of the leading edge is Mylar-reinforced to maintain profile structure and proper feeding of the inlets.
All of our suits are built to the most exacting specifications, and tested for airtight symmetry in our production facility at multiple points along the construction process. The end result is the highest build quality that we have ever seen.
Main Surfaces: Our main concern was finding an ideal ratio between weight and durability, along with high mechanical stability and good results in stretch and tear tests. Our main surface fabric is a 210D Ripstop, with very low stretch, and a good rigidity to comfort ratio.
Leading Edge Skin: The new grainy-glideskin is more supple than the Dacron used for the C2 LE, but completely non-stretch. A section of flexible glideskin at the wrist helps to improve the pull and brake access.
Internal Ribs: All ribs are constructed from the renowned Porcher Skytex 40, which has an unparalleled stability-to-weight ratio.
Leading Edge Mylar: We offer two choices for wing surface Mylar reinforcement on your Squirrel Suit:
- Porcher Sport (white / translucent). This is our standard option.
- Dimension Polyant Carbon-Graphite (black / clear). The highest quality laminate on the market, with a carbon and graphite weave. It's black, and it's more rigid, but there is not a measurable performance difference over the Porcher mylar.