Black Team Takes To The Blue Skies Of Homestead:

SFC Aaron Figel and SFC Adrian Hill watching Baton Passes

SFC Aaron Figel and SFC Adrian Hill watching Baton Passes



The Black Demonstration team closes out week three with baton pass maneuvers, canopy relative work (CRW) and mass formations. The entire teams to include the newest demonstrators are proving they are ready to take to the skies around the nation this upcoming air show season. Each demonstrator has been paired up with their tracking partner who is their mentor for each of the maneuvers and training throughout our ACC (annual certification cycle).  Tracking partners are a very tight knit unit and the trust and confidence built between one another will allow our spectators to receive the best and most precise Golden Knight signature performance maneuvers.

The baton pass allows the spectators to see two jumpers simultaneously exit the aircraft and perform the basics of flight control using their hands, arms, legs and shoulders.  The baton pass partners fly together and judge their rate of distance and closure in order to exchange the baton and then begin to spiral at 120 miles per hour.  The two jumpers separate and open their parachutes at the same time.

The newest facet of our sport, called canopy relative work was introduced to our newest teammates this week. We are progressing into this maneuver by practicing with our tracking partners how to safely fly our parachute right into their hands and stack both parachutes on top of one another. Once the two canopies are stacked together the flight characteristics do not change and this allows one of the jumpers to pilot the two canopies. Both jumpers can carry on a conversation and communicate freely with one another during this maneuver.  While the top jumper pilots the canopy, the bottom jumper is responsible for relaying altitudes and calling the break off to separate the two canopies and land.  

In addition to perfecting our maneuvers this past week, our full show performances would not be successful without the voice behind each of the maneuvers. We are honored to have the best air show announcer with us here in Homestead, FL to work with each of the newest demonstrators on their narration for the upcoming air show circuit. Mr. Rob Ryder works with each demonstrator after each of their jumps in order to enhance the Golden Knight narration for our spectators and teammates. 

Black team looks forward to week four of training as we take to the night skies of Homestead, FL . The team will be landing into a baseball diamond here on Homestead Air Reserve Base at night.

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Team Six

The first two weeks of winter training has been very successful for Team Six. Thanks to everyones effort we deployed all available aircraft with no issues and were able to start supporting jump operations and a aircraft qualification the next day. That says a lot about the caliber of our maintainers of Kay and Associates, our Crew Chiefs, and Operations NCO who made it such a smooth transition.

 Now we’re starting to get settled into our flow of supporting daily operations and even flew two demonstrations into Homestead’s annual Rodeo with Black and Gold Teams. As the Annual Certification Cycle progresses we will continue to hone our skills and prepare for a great 2014 show season. Team Six is proud to support the world class U.S. Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights.

 The road leading us to our Annual Certification Cycle was long and full of many moving pieces.  One of our C-31A aircraft went into heavy maintenance checks in December and was delivered back to us by our Maintenance Pilots Mr. Breeden and Mr. Reiner in early January.  The aircraft went right into the paint facility in Arkansas before we deployed to Florida.  We are all looking forward to demonstrating for the American public from the newly overhauled aircraft in 2014.

 We were assigned two new pilots over the summer along with one new crew chief.  CW3 David Burns, and CW4 Joshua Howe arrived at Pope Field to join our team and they haven’t taken a break yet.  Both pilots have a long history of flying UH-60 and CH-47 helicopters in combat and multiple fixed wing aircraft during their career.  SGT Jason Desando has been an excellent addition to our Aviation Detachment and comes to us from a CH-47 unit here at Fort Bragg.  All three of these Soldiers bring various unique experiences to our team and represent a nice cross section of our U.S. Army.  Look for all three during our upcoming show season.

 Our newest airborne teammates that graduated from 2013 Assessment and Selection are making us all proud and seem to be progressing nicely.  We have a Friday night tradition here in Florida of having “Wing Night” at the Value Place sponsored by the aircrews and maintainers.  It’s a great opportunity for all of us to unwind after a long week and tell stories on each other.   

As most of the East coast and deep South experienced snow this week, we were left with a large amount of rain and were nearly washed away.

Blue Skies!

2014 Annual Certification Cycle


As the New Year rolls around, the Golden Knight demonstration teams gear up for start of the 2014 air show season. The teams have arrived in Homestead, Florida to begin their two month annual certification cycle. Once completed, the teams will be ready to take on the show season. These Golden Knights are excited to get back on the road and perform.

 The annual certification cycle starts off with an intensive week of demonstration accuracy stack jumps. This is the time for the old members of the team to work with the newest members on stack order discipline and accuracy training. Though the teams battled high wind conditions all week they got off many successful jumps. Our eight newest members, who just recently went through the Golden Knight Assessment and Selection, have quickly found their place on the team and have shown great promise.

The Gold and Black Demonstration teams kicked off the 2014 air show season with a jump into the Homestead Rodeo over the weekend. Gold Team had the privilege of jumping on Saturday. Their team leader, SFC Dustin Peregrin, jumped in with the Golden Knight baton to present to Mayor Jeff Porter. Black team backed up that performance by jumping in a stellar show the following day. Attached below is the a video from the homestead rodeo.

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