AXIS Flight School on 60 Minutes



photoBrianne Thompson and  Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School, with Steve Curtis of Arizona Arsenal, recorded some video footage for Go Pro on October 22nd, 2014. Parts of the video were featured on the 60 Minutes segment “GoPro Moment” on February 4th, 2015. The final edit is scheduled to be released on Go Pro’s You Tube Channel very soon. Special thanks to: Samantha, Trunk, Wade and Robin for helping us get the shots!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.36.32 AM60 Minutes SportsScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.32.25 AMGoPro Moment IntroScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.33.18 AM  Curtis and Brianne flying head downScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.34.07 AM  Brianne approaching the slip and slideScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.35.15 AM Brianne on the slip and slideScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.36.10 AMCurtis demonstrates precision on landingScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.37.42 AM60 Minutes end credits, Curtis, Brianne and Nik build a “3-stack” over Skydive Arizona with their high performance canopies.


Swoop footage on the Travel Channel

Recently I was contacted by cheri sundae productions, who expressed interest in airing some of my canopy footage on  the Travel Channel‘s “When Vacations Attack“.

Even though the shot was my idea, I have to give credit to Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School for making it happen 🙂 Recorded by two back-to-back GoPro‘s (see right), the individual footage was put together and then slomo’d to get the desired effect.

To view the segment, please click here => SKYDIVE FACEPLANT – A skydiver crashes into a parking lot at 40 mph and survives.

ESPN – The Body Issue October 2011

Given that today is my birthday, I figured its only fair that I get to rock out with my birthday suit.

If you are wondering what is going on in the image above, you will have to get a copy of the latest ESPN Bodies magazine, where Arizona Arsenal can be seen wearing only their rigs. Please click here to view more pictures of more athletes found in this issue. For more information about the ESPN Bodies Issue, watch the video below.

Great Balls of Fire!

It turns out that torching a parachute is much more difficult than you would expect. There was a lot of prep work involved in this stunt, such as creating a deployment-system involving a plastic bucket filled with gasoline, a special cutaway system for a third parachute, and a detonation system that could withstand the forces of the parachute opening. Our first attempt failed when the igniters inside the canopy were detached during the opening process. Luckly we had a second chance the very next evening. With lots of help from Steve Curtis and Brandon Atwood of Arizona Arsenal, the stunt became a success. With a combination of 4 gallons of gasoline and 4 pounds of gun powder the canopy did not stand a chance. However, the ignition sequence had to be performed quickly, as the vapors of the gas were being dispersed by the air flowing around the parachute. About 17 seconds after exit, I used a 9 volt battery to create an electrical spark inside the canopy which held the charges and burning materials. Here is another look at the burning canopy stunt that appears at the end of the “4 Years” music video. Using a Go Pro, which was mounted to my left foot with gaffers tape, I was able to capture the action form another angle.

Kid Savant – 4 Years Music Video

Captured by Joe Jennings, the video below shows the very first successful canopy burn performed by Steve Curtis. After dozens of failed attempts, Steve finally figured out the magic formula to make this stunt work (which is why his hands are up in celebration).