GKF4 Wins Gold in Bedford

imageGolden Knight Female 4-Way Team (GKF4) wins Gold in Bedford, England at the 2015 World Challenge Indoor Skydiving Championships in the Female Open Class.

While Bedford Bodyflight celebrated their 10th year of competition, this was only the second time the Golden Knights have made the trip to the England wind tunnel to compete.

The 2015 World Challenge was run slightly different than in years past with all competitors saying it was ran very smoothly and that they were very impressed with the meet. Owner and meet director, Paul Mayer, had taken notes from competitors and tried to accommodate as much as possible. Teams only had to be at the tunnel for minimal amount of time thanks to the scheduling of each different category. With 90 registered 4-way teams, this kept from overcrowding the tunnel and worked very well allowing each team the needed room to prepare for each round.

Day one of the competition started out with AAA 4-way formation skydiving and all teams ran through round 1 without any hiccups and continued through round 5.

The Golden Knights finished the day with 127 points, 16 points ahead of the second place UK team. After looking at the score cards from the judges, team coach, Solly Williams, had questions on round 2. The Knights were deducted 4 points with 2 points being deducted for a center point violation and after the team reviewed the video, they filed a formal protest to the Chief Judge. Round 2 went back in front of a judging panel and was re-scored, this time with only 2 deductions and a final round score of 21. The Knights won their protest and after the scores where corrected, ended the day with 129 points, increasing their lead by 18.

Day two proved to be even better for the Golden Knights. The last 5 rounds where a bit more technical but they were able to execute each round very well and produce high scores for each. The Knights dominated the female class throughout the entire meet and did not lose a single round and while this was their main goal, they looked at the open class leader board and set their sights on beating a few different teams and we’re happy with the results.

GKF4 took the Gold in AAA Female 4-way Formation Skydiving class and placed 5th on the Open Class leader board with a new team high average of 26.3.

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GKF4 Preps for Bedford Meet

image (3)GKF4 arrived in London, England on Tuesday morning after a late night flight and got on the road to Bedford, which is located about an hour east of London.

SFC Scott Janise quickly adapted to driving in British style and got the team safely to their destination.

The team checked in and prepared their training for the next few days before the official start of the 2015 Bodyflight World Challenge. After getting settled in, they were able to get a quick visit in at Stonehenge.

After a good night rest, GKF4 got in the tunnel for some last minute training and are looking forward to the start of the competition.

The official draw comes out Thursday evening and the competition starts early Friday morning . With 90 registered 4-way teams, it’s going to be a busy two days of competition. Stay tuned for scores and updates.

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Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo3stack4USAPT returned from Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL to Fort Bragg, NC after a successful Annual Certification Cycle. The Team completed nearly 6,000 jumps.

We supported and trained with visiting DoD Teams including the Black Daggers, the West Point Parachute Team Coach, and instructors from the US Air Force Academy. We focused on new diciplines to add to the demonstrations this year including wing suits. The demonstration teams made 117 wing suit jumps in preparation for the new show season and world record attempt later this year.

The Aviation Detachment,”Team 6,” conducted 662 sorties without incident thanks to their professionalism and the hard work of our maintenance section.

Photo 2The VFS Team departed for Sebastian, FL last week to participate in another “head down” world record training camp. The camps are mandatory for participation in the world record attempt coming up later in the year and are where event organizers select participants for the record. So far, USAPT has four Soldiers invited to participate. SFC Abeln, SSG Pendleton, SSG Stahler,and SGT Martin will travel to Illinois in August and attempt to break the record of 138 people falling towards the Earth together, head down, at nearly 200 mph.Photo 1

 

 

 

Last week, two Cadet free fall teams from West Point traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for coaching from our 8-Way Competition Team. SFC Drew Starr spent the week with the two teams of Cadets at the Paraclete wind tunnel and the local drop zone to coach them on their competitive free fall skills.

SFC Matt Davidson was featured in the online magazine, Skydive Mag, for an article offering advice to other jumpers on skills necessary to compete in formation skydiving. SFC Davidson is writing several more articles for future issues where civilian skydivers can look to the Golden Knights for advice and training. SFC Davidson’s article can be found at http://www.skydivemag.com/article/working-with-your-clone-piece-partner.

The Women’s 4-way FST trained in the wind tunnel preparing for their upcoming meet in Bedford, England. Over 100 teams will compete in the Bedford meet.

Black Team kicked off the 2015 Air Show Season with a weekend demonstration at Keesler, AFB in Biloxi, MS.  The Gold Team will be heading out to Tyndal AFB Open House in Panama City Florida for the weekend of 11-12 April.

Check back with us next week to find out the latest and greatest on your USAPT.Photo 3Wing suit 3Photo 5

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