Category Archives: AXIS Flight School
2023 FS 8-way Block videos now online!
The 8-way dive pools have been updated with new outdoor and indoor formations. Blocks 14, 15, and 21 have been replaced in the outdoor pool. Blocks 17 and 20 will remain the same for outdoor, but have been replaced in the indoor pool.
All videos below courtesy of XP8.
Foundations of Flight | Canopy Turns, Spirals and Spins
Foundations of Flight | Ram-air parachute anatomy – Cross-bracing
The World’s Fastest Skydivers (2022)
The International Speed Skydiving Association (ISSA) has updated its World Wide Eternal Ranking page, which now includes the results of the 2022 World Championships. The scores on this list only highlight a competitor’s personal best (P.B.) in competition.
To stay up to date on the discipline, check out the Speed Skydiving Facebook page.
Outside of Competitive Speed Skydiving
While there have been jumpers who have recorded much greater speeds than the forementioned list, these were special projects and stunts performed for the purpose of research and entertainment. These required helium balloons to carry the jumpers into the stratosphere – as high as 135,890 feet (41.42 km). Doing so allowed them to take advantage of an incredible thin atmosphere, becoming the first humans to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.
(2012) Felix Baumgartner – 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph)
(2014) Alan Eustace – 1,323 km/h (822 mph)
(1960) Joseph Kittinger – 988 km/h (614 mph)
Foundations of Flight | Glide, Part 3 – Definitions
Foundations of Flight | Glide, Part 2 – Lift-to-Drag Ratio
Niklas Daniel wins 2022 USPA Speed Skydiving Nationals
The 2022 United States Parachute Association National Championships were held at Skydive Chicago September 2nd – 21st. AXIS Flight School coaches Brianne and Nik participated in speed skydiving, which had a total of 14 competitors (see scores below).
Over the course of two days, the competitors completed 8 jumps to attempt their fastest terminal velocity. This is measured by a Speed Measuring Device (SMD) worn on their helmets. This device records GPS positioning and the judges use the data to view the speeds reached on each jump. The fastest 3 consecutive seconds recorded during a jump determines the final score. The competitor with the highest accumulative score at the end of the meet wins. For more information about speed skydiving, check out the USPA Skydiving Competition Manual (SCM Chapter 15).
Nik took first place with a total of 4,043.62kmh (2512.59mph), averaging 505.5kmh (314.10mph). He is only the second person, after Marco Hepp during the German Nationals 10Sep22, to consistently break the 500kmh barrier in all 8 rounds. 2021 World Champion Kyle Lobpries reached a total of 4,021.04 (avg 502.6kmh) for second place, and TJ Landgren got third with a total of 3,865.45kmh (avg 483.2kmh).
In addition, Brianne and Nik set two Illinois state records with their highest scoring rounds in the female and open categories respectively:
Brianne – 395.20kmh / 245.57mph
Nik – 509.45kmh / 316.56mph
Both Nik and Brianne secured their slots on the USA Speed Team for the 2023 World Cup in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
With the World Championships with less than a month away, Nik is looking forward to competing at his home dropzone – Skydive Arizona.
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Foundations of Flight | Glide, Part 1
CYPRES How to Videos
AXIS Flight School deepdives the use and technical specs of CYPRES AADs in this 11 part video series. For more tutorials and fun videos, check out the AXIS YouTube Channel and subscribe.