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... that new Airspeed members Thomas Hughes and Nick Grillet brought fresh footage from Eloy?

posted Dec 14th, 2010 - The NSL News has covered the new Arizona Airspeed lineup with several stories. Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Niklas Hemlin and Josh Hall completed the team's first outdoor training camp last week.

Thomas Hughes still lives in DeLand and took the time to update the NSL News with details after the first camp. The live NSL Talk took place on Friday last week. Thomas Hughes visited the NSL office together with Nick Grillet and broke the news that he is the new Airspeed alternate.

The two new Airspeed members also brought video footage from Eloy, and the NSL Talk clip includes the videos of three training jumps. Thomas Hughes announced that the team had just decided to work with Dave Brown as the new Airspeed videographer. Dave Brown has been a VFS competitor with Team Mandrin and a Canopy Pilot. The Airspeed video slot is his new challenge in Formation Skydiving competition.

NSL Talk with new Airspeed members Thomas Hughes and Nick Grillet
Live NSL Talk in DeLand last Friday
Thomas Hughes provided his insights after the first training camp, and Nick Grillet explained how he made it to his new Airspeed slot as the alternate.

One interesting part of the conversation was the nationalities of the team members. Josh Hall is the only American born member in the active lineup. Alternate Nick Grillet is the youngest member and was also born in the USA. The updated Airspeed website provides more profile information of all members.

Thomas Hughes and Mark Kirkby are both of British origin. Center Inside Niklas Hemlin is from Sweden. Videographer Dave Brown makes it an even more colorful lineup, as he is actually from Canada.

Winner at the Shamrock - Winner at the World Meet, Craig Girard and Mark Kirkby in DeLand 2008
The previous NSL News profiles of the Airspeed members, together with the up-to-date information on the Airspeed website, and the new NSL Talk video clip allow the audience to learn a lot about the new lineup before the first scores will be posted in February.

Thomas Hughes and Nick Grillet explained that the team has an intense meet schedule before next year's results at the USPA Nationals will decide who will represent the USA at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2012.

The Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving Championships 2011 in February launches the competition season for the new Airspeed lineup although the lineup of the past four years will post the first scores in Dubai in January. Then the Shamrock Showdown 2011 will show whether Airspeed will be able to win the World Cup 2011 and the USPA Nationals, as Thomas Hughes jokingly recalled the results of the Shamrocks in the past years. The spring trip concludes once again with the World Challenge in Bedford.

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