Skydiving with a Bowling Ball | Outrageous Acts of Science

Published on May 14, 2014

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Swoop and Slide Video on AZ Family and Yahoo! News

AZ FamilyBack in August 2011, AXIS Flight School posted a fun little video that is now getting some media coverage in the local news. To view the new segment, please follow this link: azfamily.com Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

 

Video footage also featured on Yahoo! News

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.33.26 PMPublished on Jul 16, 2014 Skydiving is heart-stopping, but there’s a way to make it even more thrilling. Strap on a GoPro camera along with your parachute, and really look forward to the last few seconds. Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson, two thrill-seekers, decided to skydive from 5,000 feet above ground, which according to the video is less than half the normal height. The two wanted to end the fast flight in a cool way with a Slip’N Slide on a hot summer day in Arizona. Niklas went first, and you can see how excited he is when he smoothly lands somehow on the wet plastic! Not even a minute later, Brianne follows and comes off the slide with a smile, too.

AXIS Flight School on Jeopardy!

19562419_BG1On May 21st, 2014 the game show Jeopardy! added the category “Skydiving” to their board. The contestants start addressing the topic around seven and a half minutes into the show.

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Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins on the May 21, 2014 episode of Jeopardy! 05/21/2014
All content © 2014 Jeopardy Productions, Inc, © 2014 Sony Pictures Digital Productions Inc. All rights reserved.

Operation Enduring Warrior on FOX News

‘What else is possible?’ Wounded warriors take up skydiving

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To view video, click here.

Although an IED attack and severe infection left Army vet Joe Grabianowski in a wheelchair, he never gave up on skydiving.

“I’ve wanted to do it for a long time now. Well before even I was wounded. I’ve had dreams of it, thoughts of it,”Grabianowski told Fox News.”It would be such a goal. If you just achieve it, you’d feel so great about it.”

Grabianowski’s motivation was Todd Love, a Marine Corps vet who lost both legs at the hip, along with his left hand to the mid-forearm.

“Being able to be an inspiration to others, it’s a privilege,”Love said. “It makes it all that much more exciting. You know, cause, if I can simply go out and do what I like to do and inspire others to do what they want me to do, then that – it makes me happy.”

Operation Enduring Warrior is a volunteer group, set up a year ago this month, that introduces high level amputees – who can’t be fitted with prosthetic limbs – to extreme sports, including skydiving.

“We really wanted to help wounded warriors and we took a multifaceted approach to it, so we do things like obstacle course racing, such as tough mudder, spartan races,” said Scott Blough, a member of the all-volunteer team who is still on active duty with the Army .”Just anything to get wounded warriors out and get them active again and show them they can accomplish all of those things that they did before, and more than they did before they were wounded.”

While there are no hard statistics on the number of severely wounded vets skydiving, it appears to be on the rise. “I think a lot of the disabled community,especially injured veterans, are drawn to skydiving because it’s starting to grow,”Love said. “Veterans are perfect for skydiving because it’s a sport you have to plan and military guys — they know how to plan properly – and in skydiving if you can do that, you can eliminate a lot of the risk.”

Grabianowski trained at a wind tunnel in Arizona, learning to balance despite missing both legs. Then he moved on to tandem jumping, before going solo.

“For me it felt exhilarating,”Grabianowski said. Like anyone else, he was a little apprehensive when it came time to go out of the airplane door — but it was worth it. While he can’t walk, during free fall, he said, he felt liberated from his injuries.

“Just that freedom of movement out there,” he said. “You’re free falling but in a way, you can move your body in certain ways to actually make it feel like you’re flying.”

Love said the experience was mentally healing. “You know, it’s silly that I put a limit on myself and thought that I couldn’t do it or believed that I couldn’t. And then to look back, I was like wow, I totally, like, put a barrier that I couldn’t cross and then I ended up crossing it and I think, what else in my life am I doing that with?”

“Last October I got to jump with Todd,” Blough said. “And I’ve pushed Todd in wheelchairs, I’ve carried Todd in races in a backpack”

But skydiving, he said, was a surprising equalizer. “You put him in the air with me and we go flying together and jump together and he can move as well as, or actually can jump better, than I can.”

Drop zones and wind tunnels in Arizona, Texas and North Carolina are donating training and jump time. It’s about paying it forward, how one vet can inspire another.

“Joe saw Todd skydive and realized, hey I can go do that,” Blough said. “And now there will be somebody who sees Joe skydive in these videos or sees Joe here on Fox News and it will absolutely transition them into thinking: I can do that.”

Grabianowski is out of Walter Reed, and looking for work helping other vets in the DC area. He recently turned down a custom home to accommodate his disabilities because he wanted to earn it on his own.

Both he and Love said skydiving is a confidence builder.

“It makes me wonder what else, what else is possible?” Love said.

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Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

2013 Women’s Vertical World Record 63-Way

“A group of 63 women fell to Earth and set a new world record Saturday. The skydivers from around the world descended to Eloy, Ariz., from 18,000 feet in the air, setting a new world record for the most amount of women flying headfirst in a formation…” -Daily News

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Here are some of my selects (Prints are available for purchase by contacting me at Info@NiklasDaniel.com)

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World Record in the Media and other Publications:

 ABC News

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Daily Mail – Daily MotioniLoveSkydiving.org – Blue Skies Mag

And here is a great video edit by Emma Merritt

Belgian oldest TV show iComme : Skydive Arizona special edition

Watch the Belgian TV show iComme about the Eloy crew. Reached 27% of the belgian homes that day. Best results ever. Special thanks to Georges Reuter!