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The best German 4-way team and reigning national champion is actually Airbus Illertissen. The leaderboard of the national championships is showing clearly that Airbus is in fact far ahead of all other German teams. Serious competition could have been created only by Paratec-Saar, the former German national 4-way team, who disbanded after the World Meet 2014 and tried to organize a comeback at this year's national championships without success.
Airbus Illertissen could attend neither the World Cup nor the World Air Games, however, the team is committed to compete for Germany at the Mondial 2015 and has extensive training plans.
|German Nationals 2015||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
Most likely, next year's results will not drop below 20-average ever again. More training than in 2015 will move the scores up to the performance level that the team is already showing by now.
The higher average will be much needed at next year's world meet if Airbus wants to bring Germany back into the finals. AtomiX did not make it into the last round of the World Cup. The 6th place in the European Championships qualified the German team for the 10th round in Teuge, and the stakes will be much higher at Skydive Chicago next year.
|World Meet 2004||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
It was in Croatia 2004 when Germany's national 4-way team EADS made it to the final round the last time. EADS finished in 5th place with an 18.3 average. Two of the EADS 2004 members are in the Airbus Illertissen lineup and still fly the rear piece together: Inside Center Olaf Biedermann and Tail Goran Meyer. Jens Gonnemann and Thomas Spielvogel completed the lineup in 2004, with Marc Ewert on camera.
Thomas Mack (Outside Center) and Christian Schafer (Point) are now the front piece for Airbus, and they will try to help bring Germany back to a slot in the finals. It will not be easy. The Sun Path Products NSL News will soon take a closer look at the expected top positions in the 4-way Open Class next year...