The 2014 USPA Nationals were held at Skydive Chicago (SDC) in Ottawa, IL. In the 4-way VFS category there were five teams in open, and five in advanced. Unfortunately the first three days of the competition were weathered-out, but all 8 rounds were completed on the the last day. The judges decided not to include round 7 in the final scoring, as some individuals were competing in multiple disciplines and were unable to complete the final round. SDC Standard XP was back after sitting out last year on its home turf at Skydive Chicago. Nexus, now SDC Core, has a new line up and competed as a guest team. iFly Seattle Super Serious completed its second nationals in addition to competing in the 2-way MFS discipline. X-FORCE is a newly formed VFS team from Skydive Arizona. Arizona Arsenal won gold at the 2013 USPA Nationals and then represented the USA at the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2014 in Prostejov just a couple of weeks earlier. Open Draw:
RD1 – C A 2 D
RD2 – 7 16 14
RD3 – 6 J M 10
RD4 – L 5 11
RD5 – 17 12 G
RD6 – 1 B F H
RD7 – N K 4 3
RD8 – E 8 i 13 (not scored)
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For more information on scores, please visit OmniSkore.com.
Every two years some of the best skydivers in the world converge on one spot to compete for the coveted title of World Champion in their discipline. From August 25th to the 31st, Prostejov a city in the Czech Republic, played host to the FAI event. USA VFS Team Arizona Arsenal attended the 2014 World Meet, having qualified a year earlier at the 2013 USPA Nationals – see scores.
Eight teams competed in the 4-way VFS category: Canada (Evolution), France (Team 4Speed), United States (Arizona Arsenal), Australia (The Addicted), Belgium (Element), Great Britain (QFX), Russia, and Switzerland (Avalon).
The aircraft chosen for the event was the LET 410, a Czech manufactured plane mostly used for passenger transport. Unfortunately this plane is not permitted to operate in the United States, so this made training for the exits a challenge.
SkydiveMag: World Championships 2014 Part Eleven
In May I posted a picture on my website that got people wondering how it was done.
Jim Hickey visited Skydive Arizona a number of times in order to burn some parachutes.
Follow the link to view a short interview with Jim about his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CvV0w2IdYc&feature=youtu.be
Here is some of the compiled Video Footage – edited by Joe Jennings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQippJLNDF4&feature=youtu.be
Jim came back in early August for a second attempt – this time at night. Steve Curtis and I joined him, successfully burning three parachutes in one go. Here are a couple of screen grabs form a GoPro that was attached to my knee. Some of the footage will be incorporated in a compilation video and uploaded to the AXIS YouTube Channel very soon.
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