XF Dive Pool and Rules Updated

On January 4th, 2015 AXIS Flight School created an experimental dive pool for what was then referred to as XRW (Extreme Relative Work). This is a still developing discipline where canopy and wing-suit pilots build formations. In essence, an XRW skydive is a dissimilar formation flight.

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.42.15 AM.png

Photo courtesy of Dan Dupuis.

The first dive pool developed by AXIS was called XF. The name change from XRW was proposed similar to how RW (Relative Work) was changed to FS (Formation Skydiving); and since CF (Canopy Formation) is already taken, the XF abbreviation was introduced for “Cross” Formation. The first draft only had 3 Randoms and 6 blocks.

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.08.43 AM.png

Dive pool images from 2015

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.08.50 AM.png

Since wing-suit technology has dramatically increased flight performance over the past few years, new formations have become possible. The updated 2020 version now features 8 randoms and 10 blocks dispersed over three classes: intermediate, advanced, and open. In addition, the XF rules have been updated to evolve with the times and practitioners can even make use of the AXIS DrawGenerator. There are now two orientations for the wing suit pilot to fly in:

  • Normal (belly to earth) – indicated in gray, and
  • Inverted (back to earth) – indicated in red.

Back in the day 🙂

AXIS coach Niklas Daniel started experimenting with XF back in April 2010, and has posted videos and written articles about the subject.

2010 – Nik’s first few attempts at Skydive Elsinore.

2011 – Training Camp at Skydive Arizona

2011 – MOAB Boogie.

XRW by Taya.jpg

Photo by Taya Weiss.

2014 – Getting a bit braver. Post by Blue Skies Magazine.

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.34.24 AM.png

2015 – XF gets some exposure on Discovery Canada with first 3-way Night Formation.

Continued fun, experimentation, and introducing the discipline to others.

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 11.44.33 AM.png

Wing-suit pilot and photo by Alex Swindle.

Burning Parachutes with Jim

In May I posted a picture on my website that got people wondering how it was done.

IMG_8391_LR_Signed

Jim Hickey visited Skydive Arizona a number of times in order to burn some parachutes.

Follow the link to view a short interview with Jim about his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CvV0w2IdYc&feature=youtu.be

Here is some of the compiled Video Footage – edited by Joe Jennings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQippJLNDF4&feature=youtu.be

Jim came back in early August for a second attempt – this time at night. Steve Curtis and I joined him, successfully burning three parachutes in one go. Here are a couple of screen grabs form a GoPro that was attached to my knee. Some of the footage will be incorporated in a compilation video and uploaded to the AXIS YouTube Channel very soon.

Canopy Burn Screen Grab Canopy Burn Screen Grab 2