The skies are blue in Homestead, Florida, where the Golden Knight’s Black and Gold demonstration teams and elite Tandem team are working hard to complete their Annual Certification Cycle. The days start early in order to get as many training jumps as possible. The demonstration teams have been working on all facets of the skills required to begin the show season. These skills include various freefall formations, canopy relative work, target accuracy, and perfecting the narration used during our shows.
Canopy relative work, or CRW, is a newer component of parachuting where one jumper actually flies his parachute right into the hands of another jumper. There are many different CRW formations that can be performed. At the bottom of this page, you will see a seven stack built by the black demonstration team.
The newest members of the demonstration teams were in for a great treat with the arrival of Mr. Rob Reider. Rob, an honorary Golden Knight and world renowned air show announcer, spent a few days sharing his experiences and knowledge with our up and coming narrators.
The blue skies provide a perfect training environment for high altitude jumps, where the two teams are able to perfect their flights to perform a wide range of freefall formations. Various team members wear red smoke on their legs to allow the spectator to see the formations from the ground. Once the outside jumpers reach 5,000 feet, they will each turn 180 degrees and streak to their opening point, creating a bomb burst with their smoke trails.
The most important part of the jump, after the freefall formations and canopy work, is landing on the target. Target accuracy is practiced and perfected every single jump during the two month certification period. The jumper must be proficient in reading the wind conditions and maneuvering the parachute in order to land square on the target.
The tandem team has been busy training up the newest tandem instructors and providing tandem parachute jumps to various VIP’s. The windy Florida weather has provided great experience to help this team prepare for their upcoming tandem camps. There have been many happy faces coming off the drop zone thanks to this teams hard work.
The Golden Knights will continue to train hard in order to bring America’s Army to America’s Public. We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming shows!