Did you know that Airbus Illertissen went from 17.3 in April to 19.5 last weekend?
posted: Jun 9th, 2015 The German national 4-way team Airbus Illertissen had launched their 2015 competition season at the April meet of the Florida Skydiving League. The six meet rounds in DeLand were embedded in the spring training camp, as the Sun Path Products NSL News reported on April 14th.
Airbus now followed up with a 10-round meet, the Paranodon Cup 2015, which was also the last part of a 4-day training camp with a total of 40 jumps. It was the first 10-round meet for the team since the German Nationals in September 2013, which featured the historic 1-point battle with Paratec-Saar for the German 4-way title.
Did you know that the history of skydiving terminology could be confusing?
posted: Jun 8th, 2015 There was no "indoor" competition when I started skydiving in 1980. In fact, the first "vertical wind tunnel" for "skydiving training" opened its doors in 1998: SkyVenture Orlando. However, it still took a while until the terminology changed.
I looked it up in the archives: The National Skydiving League called the indoor training camps we were running "wind-tunnel training." Shannon Pilcher was the official head coach at that time, by the way. The name for wind-tunnel training changed in 2004, at least within the NSL environment. I found the new terminology in an article March 22, 2004:
Did you know that Monaco Vitalsea's 8-way lineup won the Coupe de France 8-way competition in May?
posted: Jun 7th, 2015 The Sun Path Products NSL News reported the season opener in France with the story on June 1st. The Coupe de France event also includes 8-way competition, and three teams completed seven rounds on the same weekend.
Monaco Vitalsea's 4-way team has been a consistent topic for several years. However, the French 8-way champions of the late 80s and early 90s eventually came back to their roots, as well, after launching their Monaco 4-way project in 2005.
The 4-way lineup (Didier Boignon, Stéphane Mattoni, Jeff Ronzevalle, Franck Vazille, with Claude Ferraro on camera) has been very consistent... (more)
Did you know that Florida posted the first Indoor Cloud League scores for June at iFLY Orlando?
posted: Jun 6th, 2015 Florida's Indoor Cloud League team submitted the first videos and scores for the new June sequences after last Thursday's FSL Tunnel Kicker at iFLY Orlando.
Five lineups created the scores for the six sequences, including AA Class team DeLand Flashpoint. The complete lineup focused only on the two sequences, which could be drawn for any AA Class competition. The monthly draw of the six sequences always overlaps between two neighboring categories to make it more interesting for the participating teams and competitors. The sequences for four of the six categories (AA - A - RRR - RR) could also... (more)
Did you know that the Indoor Cloud League had 2015 record participation in May?
posted: Jun 5th, 2015 The Indoor Cloud League leaderboard for the month of May is complete, even though the two videos for the R and RR Class sequences still have to be linked to the SkyVenture Montreal scores.
The Canadian ICL team captured the 2nd place with the last submissions for May. SkyVenture Montreal's three lineups for the traditional four categories (AAA - AA - A - Rookie) actually outscored overall winner Hurricane Factory for the same four sequences (107 - 194), while Bad Boys and 4Astrophe tied their total (46) for the two Open Class sequences (AAA - AA). The new BEST OF THE MONTH video clip includes... (more)
Did you know that the MWSL teams were compensated for bad weather with Rhythm coaching?
posted: Jun 4th, 2015 Last weekend's overall leaderboard is complete. Unfortunately, the weather cooperated only in France and in the Northern Plains, where a total of 22 teams completed all scheduled rounds. The French 4-way teams had eight rounds on the Coupe de France agenda, while the US teams of the Northern Plains Skydiving League completed six rounds.
The Czech 4-way teams are still waiting for their successful 2015 outdoor season opener after their second rainy Saturday. One team decided to stay for Sunday action. Zoonte was fortunate and had enough good weather to complete the six meet rounds. Once again,... (more)