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The situation is similar to Italy's 4-way competition on the top level, where Amnesya FlyIn has been putting serious pressure on the 4-way champions of the past years, eX3MO. There is a major difference though, as yesterday's update explained. National 4-way team Airbus is confirmed to compete for Germany in Australia, while the situation in Italy is currently very confusing for the teams.
Italy held the country's first national indoor championships last year, which qualified Amnesya to compete for Italy at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017. Germany did not have a team in Montreal.
This may change at the next FAI indoor events, as the German skydiving federation (DFV) has now scheduled the first national indoor championships.
Belgian Indoor Nationals 2017
|5||Ludo's Pinkcakes Deluxe||BE||13||12||22||21||18||15||14||18||16||11||160||16.0|
|6||Just 4 Fun||DE||12||12||17||19||14||12||11||16||14||11||138||13.8|
However, both German top contenders are planning to attend the new indoor championship, which creates the first confrontation between Airbus and AtomiX much earlier in the year than before, when it happened only at the national outdoor championships.
Both teams are not very experienced with indoor meets. In fact, AtomiX has not yet attended an indoor competition with the current lineup, and Airbus just competed for the first time at the Belgian Nationals 2017.
Airbus had a good start into the indoor 4-way world with a 21.9 average in 2nd place behind Amnesya and ahead of ISR FireFlash.
The NSL News story on 23 December 2017 had explained that the tall German lineup had enough space at Fly-In's 16-foot chamber. The German Indoor Nationals 2018 will take place at a 14-foot chamber in Bottrop.
German Nationals 2017
|1||Airbus FSZ Saar||19||16||20||22||20||17||17||15||18||20||184||18.4|
|2||AtomiX YUU Skydive||18||15||18||22||18||16||17||15||18||19||176||17.6|
|3||NeVa FSZ SAAR||16||12||16||17||17||12||12||12||14||15||143||14.3|
|10||FlashFour - Soest||8||10||12||12||12||9||12||10||13||10||108||10.8|
|11||HorschD FSZ SAAR||10||7||11||10||9||9||7||7||12||12||94||9.4|
AtomiX will have at least a size advantage at the smaller flying chamber, even though the team has no indoor competition experience so far.
AtomiX also plans to complete 300 to 350 training jumps, and Luc Verstrepen will continue to work with the team. The German challenger is aiming at the 19-average benchmark, which would be well within striking distance to the 4-way top spot in Germany.
AtomiX and Airbus will actually meet three times this year, as both teams also have the ESL Championship 2018 on the meet agenda. The German Indoor Nationals 2018 will be the first showdown, and both teams will probably try to complete as much indoor training as possible before the April date...