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Did You Know...

... that NMP PCH HayaBusa members share their experiences after the outdoor restart?

NMP PCH HayaBusa exit in June 2020
image by: David Grauwels
posted Jun 29th, 2020 - The last NSL News update from Belgium was posted on June 18th. In fact, it did not really come from Belgium. NMP PCH HayaBusa was back in action after the team's long corona crisis break, and they had traveled to Germany for their first outdoor training camp.

New team videographer David Grauwels had provided his first videos of his first training day behind the camera, and new inside center Michele Silvi was finally in freefall action with his new team.

NMP PCH HayaBusa eventually completed almost 50 training jumps at Skydive Paranodon in Illertissen, together with coach Gary Smith and former videographer Luc Van Britsom, who was coaching David Grauwels for his new camera job.

The NSL News was naturally interested in the team's impressions after the first training camp with the new and very different lineup. Three team members were available for a new NSL Live Talk conversation that was scheduled for Sunday, and videographer David Grauwels also provided brand-new footage of the most recent training jumps. The quality of the video footage was already on a significantly higher level and close to Luc Van Britsom's world-champion standards. However, David Grauwels also mentioned that his team mates still have to watch him go by the formation once in a while, and he was not shy of including one of the occasions.



NSL Live Talk with NMP PCH HayaBusa in June 2019 and May 2020
Outdoor restart with coach Gary Smith at Skydive Paranodon
New inside center Michele Silvi was a part of the surprise NSL Live Talk on 3 June 2019 when news broke that he will be the new NMP PCH HayaBusa member. It would still be a long time until he finally moved from the HayaBusa background into the spotlight.

There were no plans to replace David Grauwels before the FAI Mondial 2020 in Tanay, and Michele Silvi would have more than a year of waiting time before eventually getting into training and competition action. This all changed with the corona virus crisis and the rescheduling of the FAI Mondial 2020 to August 2021.

Michele Silvi's waiting time was over much earlier, and coach Gary Smith explained the new situation on April 29th. The complete and new NMP PCH HayaBusa lineup was then back again on NSL Live Talk almost a year after the introduction of new team member Michele Silvi, and the new inside center had to be ready for action half a year earlier than expected.

The topics of the conversation on May 18th were very different compared to June 2019, and the Belgians did not even know at that time when the new lineup would be able to begin with indoor or outdoor training.



NSL Live Talk with NMP PCH HayaBusa on Sunday - Recent Video Footage by David Grauwels
Michele Silvi at his last outdoor competition at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia
Things changed again shortly after the NSL Live Talk in May, this time for the better from the Belgian perspective. The Belgian military gave permission to NMP PCH HayaBusa for a training camp in Germany, where skydiving had a restart this month. Skydive Paranodon became the location for the HayaBusa comeback with the new lineup.

Belgian is now ready for a restart, as well, and HayaBusa will soon resume outdoor training at Skydive Spa, after indoor training with full skydiving equipment. The HayaBusa members pointed out once again during the conversation how different indoor 4-way is. They emphasized that HayaBusa need full equipment all the time to train the freefall dynamics, and they need plenty of exits, too.

It is a challenging transition for Michele Silvi. He explained that he has been a recreational 4-way competitor in the past. Life as a professional athlete is very different, especially if he has to catch up to the highest level in 4-way history.

It is challenging in many ways for the new HayaBusa member. He attended his last outdoor competition with Amnesya at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018 in Australia. The next outdoor meet will be the USPA Nationals 2020, more than two years after his last ten outdoor rounds. The competition will be even much tougher, as SDC Rhythm XP and Arizona Airspeed will both be waiting for the reigning world champions on their home turf in the United States...


FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-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 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  32    21    27 -2 24    22 -3 62 -2 22 -2 20 -1 27 -1 22     279 27.9
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  26 -5 21    27 -1 24    24 -1 60 -1 26    22    27    20     277 27.7
3 Aerodyne Realfly  FR  29 -1 19    24 -2 23    24    52 -3 20 -3 17 -3 24    19     251 25.1
4 Qatar Tigers  QA  24 -2 14 -1 24 -1 21    22    53 -4 21 -1 18    20    17     234 23.4
5 Echochamber  SE  25 -1 16    21 -1 17 -2 20 -1 48 -4 14 -3 18    21 -1 15 -1  215 21.5
6 Amnesya  IT  24 -2 14    20 -1 18    18 -1 48 -5 18    14 -2 21 -1 15     210 21.0
7 Satori XL  UK  21    14 -1 21    19    19    37 -3 19    17    18 -1 16 -1  201 20.1
7 Airheads  CH  22 -3 14 -2 19 -2 17 -1 18    44    16    16 -2 18 -1 17     201 20.1
9 Evolution  CA  21 -1 13 -2 22    18 -1 15 -3 43 -2 15 -5 15 -2 19    15     196 19.6
10 Airbus FSZ Saar  DE  21 -1 14 -1 17 -5 17    16 -1 45 -1 15 -3 14 -1 18 -1 15     192 19.2
11 Tanay Wolves  RU  22    14    18 -1 17    16 -2 35 -3 17 -3 14 -1 18 -1 14     185 18.5
12 Rotor Out  AU  21 -1 13 -1 18 -2 14 -1 16 -1 32 -3 13 -7 13 -1 18    14     172 17.2
13 CTR Optimum  BR  19    10    17 -1 15    13 -1 31    14    14    18    13     164 16.4
14 Papea Masculino  ES  17 -1 13    18    13 -1 13    28 -3 14 -1 14 -1 13 -2 12     155 15.5
15 Out of the Blue Project 20+  NL  16 -1 11 -1 13 -3 14    15 -1 28 -2 15 -1 15    14 -2 12 -1  153 15.3
16 Meraki  ZA  14 -3 11    14    14    13    28 -1 12 -1 12    14    12    144 14.4
17 New Zealand  NZ  10 -4 9    12    11    10    21    7 -3 11    10 -1 11    112 11.2
18 Paraguay  PY  10 -1 8    10 -1 7 -2 9    17    7 -4 8 -1 10    8 -1 94 9.4
19 Cyprus  CY  13 -1 8    9 -2 8    7 -2 19 -1 7    8    9    5 -2 93 9.3

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