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

Knights Paving The Way At Florida Canopy Piloting Association (FLCPA) Meet 2.

SFC Jared Zell runs the speed course   Go faster, go farther, it might sound simple but that is the goal of the canopy piloting team this winter. Two thirds of the competition is about speed and distance. The team has been focusing on the power events this winter with the help of a Flysight GPS tracker. The data gathered has given the team a baseline for their turns. A number that previously was difficult to see with just video debriefs. The GPS has shown the team their vertical and horizontal speeds through every part of the turn as well as the shape of their turns. This information along with a video of their turns allows the team to fully understand what generates the most power for them and provides a goal to reach. That goal is 100mph vertically in the lowest part of their turn, just 250-300 ft above the ground. This speed should translate to about 90mph horizontally at the 1.5 meter high entry gate and help put up the fastest speed times and the longest distances.

How has the training been paying off? In just the second competition of the year SFC Jared Zell flying a new parachute came in 3rd in the distance event,  while SFC Greg Windmiller came in 1st in distance and 3rd in speed netting him a 4th place overall finish at the Florida Canopy Piloting Association (FLCPA) Meet 2. Those are quite impressive results for just a few weeks of training.

The training will continue now that the team is back home. The last two meets of the FLCPA and the United States Parachute Association National Championships of Canopy Piloting is in Raeford, NC this June, just outside of Ft. Bragg. With this major competition so close to home the team will focus most of their days at the swoop pond in Raeford trying to go faster and farther.

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