Exhausted yet? Muscles ache? Feeling overwhelmed with course study materials? Getting used to it is our only option as the administrative week of Golden Knights Assesment and Selection comes to an end. Now the real training starts. Appropriately the 2010 GKAS class has adopted the motto…”Let it Begin”.
Most Golden Knights are known for their red smoke trailing demonstrations of amazing freefall maneuvers and precision accuracy with large docile parachutes that allow them to perform tip toe landings on a target which is no bigger than 12 inches squared. Imagine however, a parachute so small and so fast, its lines cutting through the air at nearly 100 mph actually sounds like a jet engines high pitched whining. Imagine a required landing area that is 10 feet wide, but in length, it is the equivalent of 2 football fields placed end zone to end zone. Now imagine going this distance after passing only 5 feet off the ground. This is the skydiving discipline known as Canopy Piloting. In Canopy Piloting, a discipline of skydiving that is relatively new to the sport compared to all of the other disciplines, competitors fly extremely small parachutes mere inches off the ground and negotiate through various courses with different goals. (more…)
Several members of the Tandem Team returned to our home training site in Laurinburg, NC this week. The Team has been busy this summer traveling the country taking our tandem operations to the American People.
We have performed tandem camps in Beckley, WV; Ottawa, IL; Chicago IL; Cincinnati, OH and Addison TX. Today we had another special guest with us for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Jennifer Cobb a female truck driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wanted to see what 120 MPH felt like outside of her truck. SSG Joe Abeln gave the tandem briefing with cameras rolling from FOX Sports NASCAR. (more…)