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The Netherlands and Russia recently added teams to the line-up for the World Meet. The Netherlands registered one team each in the 4-way Open and Women's Class, while Russia will have teams competing in each of the eight disciplines of the World Meet, including 4-way Open, 4-way Women and 8-way.
Airtite was formed in 1999 and is one of the longest standing and most successful Australian 4-way skydiving teams in recent times with a passion for competition. Over the years, several different line-ups have been used until the current team members (Jeremy Langford - Point, Gary Nemirovsky - Outside Center, Rob Tasic - Inside Center, Simon Disciassio - Tail and Andy Oakley on camera) joined in June 2005 to set about re-defining the team's objectives and improving the team average at the two major events in 2006.
Having recently won the team's third successive Australian Nationals with a 14.3 average, the team will again represent Australia, this time at the World Meet in Germany this year. The second major event on Airtite's 2006 schedule is the Malevsky Cup 2006.
The 14.3 average at the last Australian Nationals is the team's highest result of the mentioned previous events. However, Airtite has set the goal for this year on a much higher level. The 17-average performance that the team aims for at the 2006 competitions is well prepared.
There is no wind tunnel training available in Australia, and the team used the tunnel time in the USA to fine-tune body flight techniques. Solly Williams and Mark Kirkby worked on the individual skills with each team member and also "took a number of blocks back to square one", as the team reported.
The final phase of the team's preparations for the World Meet 2006 begins in June with Solly Williams coaching the team in Australia. The training plan includes a total of 120 jumps at Sydney Skydivers in Picton. The dz's owner, Phil Onis, and manager John McWilliam, who is a world meet veteran with the Australian teams Rigidij and Lightspeed, have supported Airtite over the last 2.5 years extensively. Other team sponsors include Aerodyne and Icarus.