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Did You Know...

... that Airbus Illertissen tries to bring Germany back to the world meet finals?

Top AAA Class rankings at the German Nationals 2015
posted Oct 17th, 2015 - The German 4-way team AtomiX YUU made the Sun Path Products NSL News quite a few times recently. AtomiX was the only German team at the FAI World Cup 2015 and will represent the country at the World Air Games in Dubai at the end of the year.

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 2015Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class20,O,P,1613,18,1910,11,1D,2,174,L,C,522,N,A,H15,21,314,9,M6,E,8K,G,B,12TotalAvg
1Airbus Illertissen2015132120201723202119019.0
2AtomiX YUU-Skydive1713121715171313131914914.9
3FSC Remscheid1711131614141418121114014.0
Airbus Illertissen 2015 lineup
The 19.0 average at the German Nationals 2015 is not the highest average for Airbus, who had passed the 20-point benchmark at the German Nationals 2013 with a 20.1 average. The technically very challenging competition draw in Saarlouis this year, with six slot switching sequences in ten rounds, did not allow a higher average at this point in time.

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 2004Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
Rank4-way OpenB,P,C,189,15,16K,11,19E,F,7,5A,J,21,126,4,1017,Q,L,1H,14,313,22,ON,M,D,2TotalAvg
1DeLand MajikUS2923173018192721192422722.7
2MaubeugeFR282218301719232018 2421921.9
3Sky PanthersRU242119252215 2819162221121.1
4Sinapsi PDIT2221202821 182319162221021.0
5EADSDE201817241716191716 1918318.3
6HayabusaBE211717211116201717 2117817.8
7EndeavourCH161714191613191414-14215.8
7ArcteryxNO191415211513171513-14215.8
9DanezDK1716132111151915 14-14115.7
10SpainES191615211511161214-13915.4
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EADS 2004 lineup
Paratec-Saar's 2014 lineup had missed the world meet finals after a disastrous Round 9. The original lineup had finished in 8th place at the Mondial Dubai 2012. The same lineup had been even closer in Menzelinsk 2010 with a 7th place.

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...

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