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Welcome to the February / March 2011 edition of my newsletter!

 

XRW Training Camp

On March 25th, Barry Holubeck and Will Kitto came to visit Skydive Arizona for another XRW training camp.

Skydive Arizona was a new location for us, as well as an unfamiliar discipline to the local staff. Over the weekend, we completed 8 jumps.

Similar to CRW, the warm afternoon air can create turbulence even at higher altitudes, which forced us to stand down at noon. Here are some images Will and Barry captured over the weekend, as well as some Go Pro footage.

We would like to thank Skydive Arizona and its staff for having been so helpful with their operations!

Also featured on the Cypres Blog.

 


Wingsuit Pilot: Barry Holubeck
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel

 


Wingsuit Pilot: Barry Holubeck
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel

 


Wingsuit Pilot (black): Will Kitto
Wingsuit Pilot (red): Barry Holubeck
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel


Wingsuit Pilot: Barry Holubeck
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel

 


Wingsuit Pilot: Will Kitto
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel

 

Wingsuit Pilot: Will Kitto
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel
 


Wingsuit Pilot: Will Kitto
Canopy Pilot: Niklas Daniel

April Fools' Day Malfunction

The intension was to do a high altitude hop and pop from 13000 feet to work on some canopy flocking (relative work without contact).

During the opening process, or perhaps due to a packing error, one of the lines of the left front riser ended up out of place creating an unusual malfunction.

The canopy was unable to inflate fully on the left side, and a control check revealed that it was not possible to land the parachute safely. In order to prevent the canopy from drifting to far away form the drop zone by the upper winds, I held onto it until 4000 feet AGL, after which I cut it away and deployed the reserve.

A hook knife may have remedied the situation, however my personal preference was to land under my reserve.

Foundations of Flight: The Barrel Roll

Foundations of Flight is Axis Flight School's monthly "trick tip" colum which is published by USPA's Parachutist.

Parachutist's April issue will feature an article on the Barrel Roll: Learn step by step in's and out's of this basic transition.

Click here to read the article.

 

Arizona Drive March Training Camp

Here is a compilation from some of our last training jumps at Eloy.

Valentine's 4-way Money Meet

2011 marked the 27th consecutive year for the Valentine’s Day Meet! As usual, there were USPA and FAI judges scoring the event using Omniskore.

The IPC met two weeks prior to the competition, since there were a couple changes made to the dive pool, which were implement in this years competition. 

Arizona Airspeed:

Airpseed video also featured on the PD Blog!


 

Scores:


Click on image to enlarge.

 

Also featured on the Cypres Blog.

The meet standings and awards were based on six rounds of the competition. Some teams interested in jumping the full draw (10 rounds) were able to complete them and be scored on the next day. 

I filmed two teams during the event, Arizona Airspeed and Teiwaz West. Check out the competition videos below!

Teiwax West:

 

NSL Coverage:

Teams in Eloy get ready for the Valentine's Meet

Only French coach Marin Ferre has ever won on
LAirspeed's home turf

Airspeed won Round 2 by four points

Airspeed is aiming at a new performance level

The promised videos feature Rounds 5 and 6
and Airspeed with a new NSL Talk

The judges are now working on the scores for
Rounds 7 and 8

Airspeed went up to 25.0 and Marin Ferre is
still the only one

 
New AXIS Flight School T-shirts now available!

New AXIS Flight School T-shirts now available! Designed by Nik and printed by Adrenaline Obsession, our new Axis Flight School t-shirts are available in both mens and women's v-necks.

Lightweight without being overly sheer, this tee is knit with a distinctive thick-and-thin slub yarn that has a unique look, adds subtle texture and just gets better with age. Purchase at AdrenalineObsession, Square2, or come on by our office!


Swoop T-shirt

 

 


Katana Over Arizona

I captured this shot of Brianne Thompson during a fun jump over Skydive Arizona. 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi - Focal length: 10 - FNumber: 9 - Exposure time: 1/1250 - ISO: 400
 
Also featured on the PD Blog.

 

Publications

Australien Skydiver Magazine

Iss. 54, vol 1/2011,
pg. 48-53, with  article
"VFS Camera - Tricks and Traps".

Click here to read the article.  

 

Parachutist

04/2011, vol. 52, no. 4,
iss. 618, pg. 30, 42, 73, 77.

Foundations of Flight article on page 77 (or click here)

 

 

90 Percent

WebNews no. 32, 03/2011,
pg. 37, 39, 40, 41  

 

Skydive Radio

Show #143
March 15, 2011
with Mike Gruwell  

 

Blue Skies Mag

#18, pages 6 and 7

 

 

Upcoming Events

4/10/2011 – 4/11/2011: XRW Training Camp at Skydive Arizona; Eloy, AZ.
4/12/2011: VFS Tunnel Training with AZ Drive; Eloy, AZ.
4/14/2011 – 4/15/2011: Video for Freefly Team Norway (42Freefly); Eloy, AZ.
4/14/2011: VFS Tunnel Training with AZ Drive; Eloy, AZ.
4/16/2011 – 4/17/2011: Sky Training with Arizona Drive; Eloy, AZ.
4/16/2011: VFS Tunnel Training with AZ Drive; Eloy, AZ.
4/22/2011 – 4/25/2011: 3:10 to Eloy - Easter Boogie; Eloy, AZ.
4/27/2011: AXIS Canopy Flocking Day; Eloy, AZ.
4/28/2011 – 4/29/201: Video for Arizona Arsenal; Eloy, AZ.

 
Pictures and videos by Niklas Daniel if not otherwise stated.