2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) 2019 Competition Updates

The USPA Board of Directors, with guidance from seasoned mixed formation skydiving competitors, approved changes to the MFS event for the 2019 National Skydiving Championships. Based on competitor feedback from the 2018 Nationals, changes were made to allow for closer synergy between the advanced and open classes, as well as to continue to increase national (and hopefully one day international) participation with the addition of an entry-level intermediate class. MFS is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in skydiving and strives to provide a multi-orientation playing field for all levels of freeflyers.

Many randoms and blocks in the dive pool have been edited, and two new open block moves have been added.

All Class Updates

Alternates: All classes of MFS will now allow for an alternate (fourth team member), much like the formation skydiving competitions. Only one member may serve as a videographer in any given round.

Dive pool: These changes are included in the dive pool:

Block 2 (HD STAR)
The auger will change from a single arm grip to a double arm grip (star). The 360 can be performed in any direction.

Block 11 (MOVA-MOVA)

The requirement for the head-down flyer to perform a carve has been removed, but the upright flyer completing a 360º rotation still remains.

Random A (HD SPOCK)
The head-down star will be replaced with the new Head Down Spock.

Random F (TOTEM)
Dock will now be allowed on the top of arm to INCLUDE the shoulders.

 

2-Way MFS Intermediate Test Event
A new class will be tested in 2019. This exciting new addition has been included with the goal of enticing more teams to enter the discipline. The key thing for this class is that for the vertical rounds, only one person needs to be proficient at flying head down. Intermediate will consist of eight rounds with three to four points per round:

Three rounds of belly/back drawn from blocks 7, 8, 10, 12 and randoms G, I, K, L, Q, R.

Five rounds of vertical drawn from blocks 4, 5, 6, 11 and randoms B, C, E, F, H, J, O, P.

An open-class competitor WILL be allowed to shoot video for the intermediate event during the test event of 2019 in order to help boost participation.

 

2-Way MFS Advanced
The biggest change coming to the advanced class is three true mixed rounds have been added; there will no longer be belly/back-only rounds. MFS advanced will now consist of three mixed rounds (combining belly, back, sit and head down) and 5 vertical rounds. The two new approved blocks (13 and 14) will NOT be added to the advanced class.

Another notable change is the addition of some of the randoms not formerly within the class.

Three mixed rounds drawn from blocks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and randoms B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, O, P, Q, R.

Five vertical rounds drawn from blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11 and randoms A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, M, O, P.

 

2-Way MFS Open: Two NEW blocks are being added to the open dive pool:

Other Important Information

 

2019 Arizona Airspeed Challenge

This years Arizona Airspeed Challenge proved to be especially difficult as it unfortunately did not complete. The 88-way formation consisted of a combination of “donuts” and “compressed accordions”.

Special thanks to Arizona Airspeed for hosting the event during the Skydive Arizona Turbine Madness Boogie.

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Ty’s 2019 AZ X-FORCE Experience

Some of the highlights of Ty’s special day.

Thanks to all who supported Arizona X-Force during the 2018 season, especially Skydive Arizona, Skyventure Arizona, and all who participated in the Experience Raffle!

Fly Smart. Train Hard.

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Photo by Samantha Schwann

Being competitors at heart, Niklas and Brianne do their best to improve on a daily basis. This applies not only to competitions, but also their business and life’s work – AXIS Flight School. AXIS has gone through an incredible online transformation, which could be called a “Cyber Grand Re-opening”. These changes have been taking place behind the scenes for over two years.

The AXIS website has always been packed with lots of useful tools and information. In order to make the site more user friendly and to keep up with the times more than a facelift was needed. In fact, we started over. Major improvements include a color coded menu system which is easy to navigate, condensed information on every page, and not to be overlooked – The AXIS Skydiving Repository. Here we developed a digital sorting system that categorizes all or our articles and reference materials for faster recall. Now users can search for categories such as solo skills, canopy, camera, and much more to find what you are looking for.

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In addition, AXIS Flight School now uses sig.ma, a platform on which you can keep track of accomplishments, IDs, licenses, merits, etc. in a digital form. This allows us to send merits to students who have demonstrated their proficiency to our AXIS Coaches™ and acknowledge their achievements. Available Merits are displayed at the top of each web page, and their colors correspond to the new menu system.

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Our online tools are still available to all for free. All AXIS dive pool images, Draw Generator, and ChronoPrism have all been updated with the new 2019 formations.

AZ X-Force takes 2nd at the 2018 USPA Nationals.

 

IMG_5475After nearly two full days on the ground due to weather, the first events wrapped up at the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. The vertical formation skydiving event completed five of 10 scheduled rounds, with five teams in each division.

 

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In the open class, SDC Core once again took the gold, 30 points ahead of second place. Arizona X-Force won silver, and Golden Knights VFS took bronze.

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In the advanced division, Skydive Midwest Chemtrails won gold, with Dynasty in second and STF Pickle Ricks in third. This year’s Nationals included an intermediate-class test event, with ECLIPTIK taking the top spot.

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Arizona X-Force would like to thank all of its sponsors and supporters for making a successful 2018 season possible. Placing second, the team finished the USPA Nationals at CSC with a new personal best (17.8 avg).
X-Force would also like to thank and congratulate its fellow competitors for a great competition. A special shout out to all who participated in the intermediate test event. We welcome the new devision and look forward to having increased participation.
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Congratulations Jonathan!

Congratulations to OEW Skydive’s latest USPA A-Licence graduate, Jonathan.
Spending 2 weeks with AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona, Jonathan completed is training with determination and enthusiasm. Here is a short highlight reel of his experience:

Instructors: Brianne Thompson, Niklas Daniel, Joost Luysterburg, and Murv Riggins. Special thanks to Skydive Arizona, UPT Vector, Performance Designs, Cypres, Cookie, and L&B for their support.

2018 Vertical Challenge video recap

During the Skydive Arizona Turbine Madness Boogie, Arizona X-Force organized the Vertical Challenge. Over four days the team came up with challenging jumps for the participants, working on their strengths and expanding on essential big way flying skills. Thanks to all who attended. We are looking forward to next year. Video edit by Mike Bougher (https://vimeo.com/272681941)Screen Shot 2018-06-02 at 8.53.53 AM.png

Down for 50

Annette O’Neil and Joel Strickland made their skydive jump over Arizona, performing an incredible air dance before pulling their chutes. They also completed jumps in New Mexico, are currently headed to Nevada, and eventually, they plan on making skydives in all 50 states (even Alaska and Hawaii) over the next six months, making it the first time the challenge has been completed in one fell swoop.

But they’re not just making these jumps to set a record, they’re also raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW). The organization’s goal is to honor, empower, and motivate wounded vets. To tell us more, Annette and Joel joined our RTM hosts in the studio, along with Brianne Thompson from Axis Flight School, who partners with OEW to teach veterans to skydive.

If you’d like to know more or donate, please head over to DownFor50.org