The last XL line-up with Pete Allum, Thomas Hughes, Steve Hamilton, John McIver and Rob Stevenson on camera discontinued after the 4th place at the Mondial 2003 in Gap, France, and the team members went different ways. The NSL News audience knows well that Pete Allum joined the Italian national team Sinapsi PD, and that Thomas Hughes has now become a new Airspeed 8-way member.
Steve Hamilton updated the NSL News in October 2005 about life and skydiving back home: "Whilst we miss all our friends and the weather in Florida, we are excited to announce that we are planning to build a 'project' for British skydivers. This has been of interest to us for several years, but, due to lack of support, has not been possible until now."
Steve Hamilton explained that the idea of the project is to fill the gap left behind in the United Kingdom after teams such as XL stepped out of the 4-way arena: "We have such a depth of ability in this country, so it would be nice to channel the talent and build something good for UK teams in the future, with the more experienced members passing down their knowledge to the juniors."
The current national 4-way team of the United Kingdom is the British Army team with Dave Tyler, Al Macartney, Dane Kenny, Aaron Faith and Spencer Hogg on camera. All members are full time in the military service and part time 4-way competitors,as team speaker Dave Tyler recently reported. Each of the team members has either served in Iraq or Afghanistan within the past three years.
This British Army Team will represent the country at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2006 in Germany. The team just completed a training camp with coach Shannon Pilcher in DeLand and made 72 jumps in six days. Dave Tyler mentioned that the team is also supported by the wind tunnel in Bedford where Steve Hamilton and John McIver run their project.
The British Army Team plans to be back in DeLand with coach Shannon Pilcher on 13 April, and the team wants to compete at the second Florida Skydiving League of the 2006 season that weekend. The team members were also recently interviewed by the Armed Forces TV channel, BFBF, and the NSL News will try to capture the interview next week.