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

 

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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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