The Golden Knights have arrived in Homestead Florida for Winter Training. This is the time for the graduates of the 2011 Assessment and Selection program to stand up and be seen as part of the team. Both the Black Team and Gold Team received three new demonstrators this year, the “New Guys”. This is the time of year for “New Guys” to learn from the “Old Guys” and for the “Old Guys” to refresh their skills after the long break form the show season. The teams that arrived in Homestead are The Headquarters section, Gold Team, Black Team, Aviation section(Team Six) and the Tandem Team . Everyone that arrived Sunday greeted the Golden Knight C-31 Aircraft as they arrived on Monday carrying the remainder of the team. After being given the safety brief it was time to get back in the air where we belong practicing our maneuvers to demonstrate before millions of spectators each year.
The first day of jumping was a humbling experience for several Knights who have not been jumping since the show season ended and yet most of the seasoned veterans never lost their touch. Winter training is not just about jumping or target accuracy but also a time to learn the all important show narration. The “New Guys” will also be using this time to practice their public speaking skills and truly learn what it means to be a showman. As each of the “New Guys” took to the microphone they were accompanied by their teammates, giving them helpful hints and much needed coaching. The team’s leadership feels it was a good first day and is looking forward to the upcoming show season!