During the Skydive Arizona Turbine Madness Boogie, Arizona X-Force organized the Vertical Challenge. Over four days the team came up with challenging jumps for the participants, working on their strengths and expanding on essential big way flying skills. Thanks to all who attended. We are looking forward to next year. Video edit by Mike Bougher (https://vimeo.com/272681941)
Annette O’Neil and Joel Strickland made their skydive jump over Arizona, performing an incredible air dance before pulling their chutes. They also completed jumps in New Mexico, are currently headed to Nevada, and eventually, they plan on making skydives in all 50 states (even Alaska and Hawaii) over the next six months, making it the first time the challenge has been completed in one fell swoop.
But they’re not just making these jumps to set a record, they’re also raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW). The organization’s goal is to honor, empower, and motivate wounded vets. To tell us more, Annette and Joel joined our RTM hosts in the studio, along with Brianne Thompson from Axis Flight School, who partners with OEW to teach veterans to skydive.
If you’d like to know more or donate, please head over to DownFor50.org
In the 4-way VFS category there were 3 teams in open, and 4 in advanced. After completing close to 400 training jumps at Skydive Arizona, and spending about 30 hours in the Skyventure Arizona wind tunnel, the team finished 3rd with a competition average of 14.20.
VFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:
(VFS team Arizona X-FORCE by David Wybenga)
In the MFS category there were 6 teams in open, and 8 in advanced. This is the first time AXIS competed in MFS at the USPA nationals. Without having trained this year, the team walked away with a 12 point average and a 4th place finish.
MFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:
The speed category had its largest USA turn out ever, with 15 competitors on the roster. Though speed is not an official USPA event, it is a FAI recognized world event. Therefore the discipline is still considered a “test event” in the states, because past participation has been very low. However, this competition was a qualifier for the World Championships that will take place next year at Australia’s Gold Coast.
Brianne Thompson ended up collecting 3 records as the fastest female in several categories: State (CA), Nationals (USA), and Continental (North America). Flying at 347.05km/h, approximately 216mph, in round 2. Nik’s best round was his first, with a speed of 447.32km/h (approximately 278mph).
Congratulations to all participants, and a big thank you to all our sponsors for their continued support!
After competing at the 2017 World Cup in Germany, Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School attended the Mountain Gravity event to fly their parachutes in the Swiss Alps. Jumping out of the legendary Pink Skyvan, participants came from all over the world to take in the fantastic scenery at the Ambri Airport, which is situated in the steep sided alpine valley of the Ticino river.
Over the course of three days, Nik and Brianne did several jumps swooping down the mountain, doing some MFS, and canopy flocking.
There are two major routes down the mountain: The tree-line (left), or the canyon (right).
Don’t forget to check out the Mountain Gravity Vimeo channel.
Created for competitors by competitors, the AXIS Flight School draw generator is already being utilized by the world’s top competitors and coaches. It is free to use by anyone, no sign up required, and has proven to be a great tool for competitors who wish to create a quick random draw for training purposes, or to visualize.
With competition teams and their coaches in mind, AXIS Flight School has taken the draw generator one step further. In addition to creating randomly generated competition draws for FS, VFS, MFS, XF, and CF*, coaches can now utilize the new «Training Camp» feature. This feature functions like a digital white board and lets coaches create a series of rounds from scratch, using any formation in any combination and as often as they need for a specific training purpose. Manually generated draws, like random competition draws, can be saved as PDF and sent out to team mates or students, for them to prepare for or to visualize.
Draw Generator 3.5 is mobile friendly and can be accessed at http://drawgenerator.axis.tools/.
Other features include:
– Updated formation images for all freefall, tunnel, and canopy disciplines.
– Easy access to the current competition rules and images.
– FAI:IPC / USPA, IBA, NSL, CISM, USPA** collegiate disciplines which require a random draw generator (sky and tunnel).
– Selecting different skill levels (e.g. open, advanced, etc.; when available).
– Selecting different tunnel sizes (12, 14, or 16 feet; where applicable).
– Saving any draw as PDFs (a detailed and a summary version are available).