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... that Alex Predinger was the most successful German Formation Skydiving competitor at the nationals?

Airbus 8-way lineup at the FAI World Meet 2018
posted Sep 4th, 2019 - As Oceanside AtomiX did in 4-way Open at the German Outdoor Nationals, the national 8-way team Airbus Illertissen mastered the qualification for the FAI World Meet 2020 easily. There was no serious competition for the national gold medals, and the 13.9 average was well above the required 12.9 for the qualification.

Airbus Illertissen had to work much harder to qualify for Australia 2018. The 2017 lineup, winner of the national championship, did not continue, and the Airbus team had a completely new lineup for the 2018 season. The German federation scheduled a qualification event for July 2018, where the new lineup had to finish with a 13+ average for Australia.

The new Airbus lineup mastered the task with a 13.8 average, as the NSL News reported on 29 July 2018, and followed up with 13.7 a month later at the national championship. The same lineup then finished with a 12.9 average in 6th place at the FAI World Meet 2018 in October.

This year, the qualification was set for 12.9 at the national championship, which is the average that Airbus had posted at the world meet in Australia. Last week, Airbus actually ended up one point ahead (13.9 - 13.8) of the best average in 2018, which was posted at the qualification event.


FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 21,L,B,G 22,18,17 19,7,O J,16,12 10,A,D,15 Q,M,F,C,N H,20,P,13 6,14,11 E,2,5 4,1,3 Total Avg
1 Golden Knights US 24 21 18 24 19 29 21 18 17 33 224 22.4
2 Tanay RU 21 21 17 22 20 28 16 18 18 28 209 20.9
3 Qatar Falcons QA 19 16 15 18 14 21 16 14 14 23 170 17.0
4 MicroClim8 UK 17 15 12 14 15 21 15 12 13 18 152 15.2
5 JYR8 AU 14 14 13 17 11 20 14 14 12 21 150 15.0
6 Airbus DE 13 15 9 15 11 16 12 12 10 16 129 12.9
7 Brazil BR 11 10 9 12 9 12 9 10 9 16 107 10.7

Airbus 8-way lineup at the German Nationals 2018
It was not exactly the same new Airbus lineup that posted the 2018 and 2019 numbers. In fact, the circumstances were different at all five meets since the new Airbus team was formed at the end of 2017.

The complete lineup, with Max Thiele who was sharing a slot with Olaf Biedermann, mastered the qualification with the 13.8 in July 2018. Olaf Biedermann, member of the previous lineup of 2016 and 2017, took the slot for the national championship last year and finished with the 13.7 average. It was a third different Airbus lineup that competed then for Germany in Australia. Thomas Spielvogel was injured, and Airbus 4-way member Thomas Mack filled in with 4-way and 8-way double duties.

Thomas Spielvogel was back in Airbus action at the Weembinamic 2018, six weeks after the outdoor world meet. This time, neither Olaf Biedermann nor Max Thiele were available for the shared slot, and coach Marco Arrigo stepped in.

Finally, last week's lineup at the national championship was identical with the one that won last year's national gold medals, including the video slot. Erik Lorenz was actually filming the team at all oudoor meets. However, the situation was still different compared to the German Nationals 2018.


German Nationals 2019
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open E,G,M,2 B,4,1 9,K,L,O 13,15,14 22,16,3 21,6,D 5,J,,12 P,17,7 10,H,C,11 8,F,19 Total Avg
1 Qatar Falcons  QA  16 -1 24    16    14    20    14    14    14 -1 16    13    161 16.1
2 Airbus 8-way Illertissen  DE  14    18 -1 14    13    17    13    14    14    11 -2 11 -1 139 13.9
3 Veloce QRF  IN  12 -2 17    14    11    17    11    12    13    11    11    129 12.9
4 Coriolis  DE  6    9    8    7    8    7    5 -2 7    7    6    70 7.0
5 Luftschl8  DE  7    8    7 -1 5 -2 6    5 -1 6    6    4    6    60 6.0
6 MeightO Meissendorf  DE  5    7    6    6    5    4    6    6    4    4    53 5.3
Airbus Illertissen 8-way - Airbus Illertissen 4-way - Bardarbunga 2.0 at the German Nationals 2019
Airbus 8-way lineup at the German Nationals 2019
The NSL News had mentioned earlier that the new Airbus lineup consisted of the members of two 4-way teams, Eyjafjallajökull and Bardarbunga, who joined forces and gave 8-way training and competition the highest priority. Both still competed with their 4-way lineups at last year's national championship.

Only Bardarbunga were back with three 2018 members (Steffen Schiedek, Uli Sehrbrock, Thomas Spielvogel). Their current 8-way team mate Carl Enders, former and original Eyjafjallajökull member, completed the lineup for Olaf Biedermann.

Eyjafjallajökull had disbanded as a 4-way team. Alex Prendinger trained and competed also with Airbus in 4-way and won gold in 8-way this year, plus silver in 4-way. He trained and competed fully in both teams and became the most successful Formation Skydiving competitor at the German Nationals 2019. His former Eyjafjallajökull and current Airbus 8-way team mate Linda Koeb helped out on a short call for Germany's 4-way Women team Skynamite. Olaf Biedermann and Stefan Knoch competed only in 8-way.

The Airbus 8-way team is now making plans for next year's world meet season and will focus on their prime event. Only Alex Prendinger plans to continue with the Airbus 4-way team at the same time. However, he is not facing double duties in Tanay 2020, where Oceanside AtomiX will compete for Germany - with a new team member...

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