I would like to thank Kolla, Lara & Pierre from Blue Skies Magazine for making one of my recent images their featured photo!
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.
The 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.
On April 22-23rd, iFLY Virginia Beach hosted the first meet of the 2017 IBA series. This competition acted as the US Team Qualifier for the World Championships in Montreal in October. AXIS Flight School‘s Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel took part in the event, competing in both the 4-way FS and 4-way VFS categories in the open class.
4-way FS: Competing under the name “X-Defy”, which is a combination of two team names: X-Force and Defiance, Nik and Brianne competed with local Arizona skydivers Cris and Joe Howard.
With only 3 hours of tunnel training over the past few weeks, the team finishing the meet with a 18.3 average over 10 rounds, placing 3rd.
4-way FS open scores:
Unfortunately the team took a severe blow in round 3, loosing its 2nd place standing and dropping to 4th, which it could not recover from. In the end, Arizona X-FORCE lost the podium by 1 point to team Arsenal.
4-way VFS open scores:
VFS Rounds 1 and 2
FS rounds 5 -10, VFS round 3 starts at 1:14:55
Congratulations to all the teams that took part in this awesome event, and thanks to all of our sponsors for their continued support! Our next two major competitions will be the Skydiving World Cup (7-13 Aug) in Saarlouis Germany, followed by the USPA Nationals (20-23 Sep) at Skydive Perris California.
On February 25-26, Arizona X-FORCE attended the 2017 Paraclete XP Indoor Championships in Raeford, North Carolina. This was the first competition in VFS history where the discipline was expanded to 10 rounds with the addition of new blocks and randoms (18-22 & O-Q).