Let the Sparks Fly

Golden Knights Annual Certification CycleAs the Gold Demonstration Team works their way into the second month of the Golden Knights Annual Certification Cycle, the resolute focus on the team remains with safety, target accuracy, and perfecting the show to bring to the public.  After a strenuous first few weeks of five to eight jumps a day, Gold Team has found its rhythm and is working together like a well oiled machine. 

The team has been conducting one to two Canopy Relative Work (CRW) jumps every day.  This is where one jumper will fly their canopy right into the hands of another jumper at altitudes between 2,500 to 6,000 feet and bring in the stacked parachutes to land in the target area.  Gold team has conducted many two and three stacks, along with a few side by sides.  It takes a great amount of confidence in your teammates in order to conduct these maneuvers with precision and safety. 

Gold Team let the sparks fly over Homestead, Florida while performing four night jumps.  After three jumps at lower altitudes, personnel from Gold Team, Black Team and Tandem Team came together to perform a joint mass from 12,500 feet. 

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy4-3uZFTwM&list=UUJ6B8ZqBkg9Zxtnk7v_khSA&feature=share

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