Blue Skies Magazine #94 Featured Photo

I would like to thank Kolla, Lara & Pierre from  Blue Skies Magazine for making one of my recent images their featured photo!

 

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2017 USPA National Championships

uspa-nationals-logoThe 2017 USPA Nationals were held at Skydive Perris, CA. AXIS Flight School members Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel entered three separate events: VFS open, MFS open, and Speed.

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.

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Left to right: Johnny Gunn, Seth Studer, Keith Fournier, Brianne Thompson, Niklas Daniel

VFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:

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(VFS team Arizona X-FORCE by David Wybenga)

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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.

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Left to right: Brianne Thompson, Keith Fournier (video), Niklas Daniel

MFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:

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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 competitionUSPA_Speed_2nd_Mcategories: 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!

 

AXIS Flight School’s Swiss Alps Vacation

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MGBlog_2After 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.

The AXIS Flight School Draw Generator 3.5 is online!

Created for competitors by competitors, the AXIS Flight School draw generator isScreen Shot 2017-08-27 at 6.06.48 AM 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).

*           FS = Formation Skydiving, VFS = Vertical Formation Skydiving, MFS = Mixed Formation Skydiving, XF = Cross Formation Skydiving (Canopy and Wingsuit; by AXIS), CF = Canopy Formation
**           FAI:IPC = International Parachuting Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, USPA = United States Parachute Association, IBA = International Bodyflight Association, NSL = National Skydiving League, CISM = Conseil International du Sport Militaire

World Cup 2017

SaarlouisThe 21st FAI World Cup & European Championships were held in Saarlouis, Germany. Skydive Arizona‘s 4-way VFS team Arizona X-Force attended to compete against some of the best teams in the world. The competition aircraft was the Cessna Grand Caravan. Unfortunately we were only able to complete four out of the 10 rounds due to weather. X-Force finished the meet in 4th place with a 13.5 average. SDC Core averaged 19 for the gold, with GK VFS pushing them hard and averaging 18.25 for silver. Congratulations to all competitors for their performances. We looking forward to seeing the USA teams again shortly at the upcoming USPA Nationals at the end of September.

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From left to right: Seth Studer, Johnny Gunn, Keith Fournier (video), Niklas Daniel, and Brianne Thompson.

World Cup Draw:
Rnd 1: L-O-F-K-11
Rnd 2: C-3-7
Rnd 3: 13-2-G
Rnd 4: 1-17-20
Rnd 5: 5-E-21
Rnd 6: 6-8-A
Rnd 7: D-4-P-22
Rnd 8: M-10-J-B
Rnd 9: 18-H-N-9
Rnd 10: Q-15-14
Rnd 11: 12-16-19
Click here for the InTime 4-way VFS Score results.
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Yanni jumping with AZ X-Force

Here’s a short video of the awesome day we had with Yanni Lee after winning the Arizona X-Force Experience. Thank you to everyone that purchased a ticket to help support the team! And a huge thanks to SKYDIVE ARIZONA and Skyventure Arizona for your support in helping us follow our dreams.

Video edit by Johnny Gunn

Suffolk 4th of July boogie 2017

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Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School traveled to Skydive Suffolk in Virginia for the second year in a row, to organize at the 4th of July Boogie. From July 1st – 4th, jumps were made from both … Continue reading