Out of the Gold and into the Black ….. Rodeo Arenas and NASCAR Tracks!

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Words can’t begin to sum up how much we all have progressed throughout these past six weeks of training down here in Homestead, FL (our home away from home).  Since week three the black demonstration team has filled the Homestead skies with diamond track maneuvers, diamond formations, and big way formations as well as our signature stack out maneuvers into the Homestead Miami Speedway, local minor league baseball stadium and the Homestead Rodeo Arena. Each of the jumps into the race track, baseball stadium as well as the rodeo arena were the first time our newest demonstrators (New Guys) were able to get a “birds eye” view from under the black and gold canopy of what is to come in week eight! We will be upgrading from the race track landings, baseball stadium and rodeo arena into the Sunlife Stadium in downtown Miami. 

       Additionally, as a team we are drastically improving  our target score averages making  it very competitive between each of the jumpers who all want that top spot for the end of the day target average.  We take a great deal of pride in our target accuracy, as it is the biggest crowd pleaser on show site as well as the safest place for us to land. It is not uncommon for several jumpers to have matching target averages at the end of the day that all exceed the target average standard for the team.

       Our newest team members are working on the timing of their narration for the upcoming show season.  Each demonstrator has had the opportunity to exit our C31 jump aircraft as the narrator and learn how to relay appropriate spot reports to our team members waiting to exit for the next maneuver. Upon sending up the spot report (which consists of the spot, drift in free fall and canopy flight) the narrator is then in full control of the microphone and the audience at that time. Each new demonstrator begins to work on both their timing, voice inflection and closing out our show.

       Our newest team mates were officially knighted on November 13th, 2013. Unfortunately, one of our team mates was missing from our ranks on that day. SSG Jimmy Hackett was forced to return to his original duty station in Germany during the three week government shut down for the Golden Knights Assessment and Selection this past year. Although his team mates were able to complete the selection process, SSG Hackett was held up from completing it with them.  SSG Hackett was formally knighted on 28 February 2014 here in Homestead, FL. It’s official Jimmy!IMG_Olk0687 IMGCLARK_1699IMGFLYNN_1770IMG_Hackett1725IMG_Clard2125IMGFOKKERSIDE_0969IMFLYNN0685JD TEAM_1574IMG_5x70787BBStar1087IMG_Knight9177IMG_5x7ShelbiLanding1427

Local Training Opportunities

_1SGSHERJO_0833The Demonstrators on the Golden Knights had the great opportunity of working with a local vendor to help enhance the training for the Annual Certification Cycle.  The benefits of jumping at various venues are perilous, as it is the first time for many of the newest team members to jump outside of a typical drop zone arena. The team jumped into the Homestead Rodeo grounds, each team conducting three training jumps.  The Golden Knights had the privilege of jumping into a rodeo at this location earlier this season.  The opportunity to work with local vendors provides an opportunity for the team to train and for the team to give back by performing at various events. Gold and Black Demonstration teams were able to conduct various jumps, to include stack outs, track outs and canopy relative work.  The weather was fantastic and the training was unsurmountable.  The team is very grateful to have such great support and friends.

Blue Skies!!

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Team Six

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With March on the horizon and only one month left in our Annual Certification Cycle, Team Six continues to rack up the safe flight hours and total lifts to altitude supporting all of the Golden Knights demonstrators.

Things have been very exciting here in Homestead!  We conducted night operations on the 13th beginning at 0100 and jumping through sunrise.  Jumping at night is always very exciting as we get to watch the demonstrators leave our aircraft into the dark of night and ignite pyrotechnics as they fall through the sky. 

We were visited by the former Team Six Commander, MAJ Craig Blackwood last week .   It is always good to have Golden Knight alums that stop in and check on us and continue to show their steadfast support. 

DAC Ken Breeden and CIV Frank Reiner of our maintenance team departed this week to pick up our newly painted C-31 Troopship 607.  The paint looks great and with a fresh maintenance overhaul and we look forward to placing her back into service for the upcoming show season.  Speaking of the C-31 Troopship; our detachment as part of the total team voted on various names to paint onto the C-31’s that will remain with those aircraft through their retirement.  The final names have not been released yet, but look for the names on the side of our aircraft as we stop through your town this year.

Our pilots and crewchiefs received their tentative show slating this week and know which teams they will support for the year and which shows they will participate in.  Signing up for shows is a process our team carries out each year and generally pilots and crew members get to travel to their hometowns if those shows are scheduled.  Even the most senior pilots get the gleam in their eye when the show schedule is released!   It’s a proud moment when our new pilots and crewmembers see their name next to a schedule show.

CW4 Jason Davis and CW3 David Burns redeployed to Fort Bragg to support the men and women’s competition teams in their workups for upcoming competitions.  The weather in February can be a challenge for jumping in North Carolina, but the pilots and competitors are putting in long days when the weather permits.

Finally, we welcomed a new crewchief, SGT Broderick DeArmas, to our team.  He comes to us from the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade where he worked in the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance facility. 

Until next time; Blue Skies!

 

Golden Knights Annual Certification Cycle

 

Black Team Demonstrator SSG Rese Pendelton ask’s What is is?

 

"GOT YOUR 6"

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