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Did You Know...

... that new Airspeed Odyssey meet videos catch up with Perris Fury and Evolution?

posted Mar 6th, 2008 - The next three Airspeed Odyssey meet videos of the Valentine's Meet 2008 have been uploaded, and NSL-TV has now caught up with the meet videos of Perris Fury and Canada Evolution.
Airspeed Odyssey's Round 6 at the Valentine's Meet 2008 - see video
Team Fastrax and Airspeed Odyssey after the last jump at the Malevsky Cup 2007
This 3-jump series began with another exit formation that had one open grip. However, there are not many teams that launch a Cataccord (G) as a complete formation, whether it is a right-hand or a left-hand door...

The sequences of Rounds 7 (12-21-C) and 8 (H-7-16) began with complete formations out the Pilatus Porter door for the US national team. The slow sequence of Round 7, with Block 12 (Bundy - Bundy) on the hill, did not allow Odyssey to get back to the level of only 20-pointers. However, Round 8 with 26 points helped to lift up the meet average to the 21.7 after ten rounds.

The new Airspeed Odyssey meet videos come along with new 4-way tips by John Hart. The Fastrax Tail will soon have the opportunity to resume the direct competition with Airspeed Odyssey, which was a special feature throughout the whole 2007 season (FSL Shamrock Showdown 2007 > World Challenge 2007 > Malevsky Cup 2007 > USPA Nationals 2007).

Airspeed Odyssey's Round 7 at the Valentine's Meet 2008 - see video
US 8-way team Knight Trax at work
The US 8-way team Knight Trax trains in DeLand next week and interrupts the 8-way training for the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2008. The 2007 lineup of the Golden Knights will compete in 4-way, as well as Team Fastrax with substitute Pete Allum in Niklas Hemlin's slot.

Neither the Golden Knights nor Team Fastrax has trained 4-way this year. However, both teams will jump from the Twinotter, while all national teams will exit from the Pilatus Porter, including Airspeed Odyssey. This situation may bring the two 4-way teams of Knight Trax very close to Odyssey. The US national team will appreciate the additional pressure.

4-way Tips - Drills

By John Hart, Team Fastrax

A drill is a skydive in a format other than that of a competition dive. These are used to focus training on particular skill sets. Many teams use drill dives, particularly early in their training season. Some of the types of drills used are:

- Stop drills

- Speed drills

Airspeed Odyssey's Round 8 at the Valentine's Meet 2008 - see video
Unipod eye contact
image by: Team Fastrax

4-way Tips - Eye Contact

Skydiving is a highly visual sport. Jumpers rely on vision to establish and maintain their positions relative to other jumpers and to communicate during the skydive. During a random transition, a jumper should:

- Look across the formation. The more effectively you use your mirror as a reference point, the better you can maintain fall rate and stop in your exact, proper slot.

- Look at the grips. Taking a moment to look at the grips you are taking will minimize the chances of fumbled grips.

- Look into the formation. This will heighten everyone's awareness of when the formation is built and ready to be keyed, and will minimize the chances of level differences developing while jumpers are on grips.

Direct eye contact between teammates is an important part of keying formations. For instance, when building a Unipod, the inside center ensures the grips are built at the back of the formation, then looks up to the point to establish eye contact verifying the front grips are built.

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