Congratulations to the EADS 4way and 8way skydiving teams!
At the last German Championships held from 3 to 7 September at Bad Salgau, the EADS team achieved almost a perfect double. In the 8way event the EADS champions, holders of the title since 2007, once again made it to the top of the podium. In 4way, the tight battle between the EADS quartet and the defending title-holders ParatecSaar was the highlight of the competition. With only one point separating them, the EADS team came within a whisker of first place and put in a performance worthy of the world’s best. It was a triumph for the quartet, who certainly does not owe the success to luck, having completed 220 training jumps in the course of a single year. Nevertheless, there is a certain element of randomness to this complex discipline: the teams practise 38 different formations during the trainings.
On the day of the competition, two hours before their jump, the jury specifies five or six formations and the order in which they are to be performed. The team then has 35 seconds in the air to execute this sequence of formations as many times as possible. “It’s impossible to predict in advance which formation will be chosen and in which order. It’s a kind of lottery,” explains Thomas Spielvogel, the team captain. So as well as training, champions need to have qualities such as control, speed and precision. “After all, 4way is a real sprint,” Thomas Spielvogel adds. “In 8way, the time allowed is 50 seconds. There is less emphasis on speed and more on coordination and technique: you could compare this with the 100 and 400 metre events in athletics”. In this second discipline, the EADS team has been ranked in the world’s top five for three years now. At the last World Championships in Dubai in 2012, the team of amateurs achieved fourth place in the world, behind three professional teams. EADS is proud of the performance of its team!
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EADS Formation Skydiving Team
Through its commitment to formation skydiving, EADS is promoting a sport which is ideally suited to conveying such values as precision, trust, teamwork, continuity and reliability. Mankind's eternal dream of flying, which drove on the founding fathers of EADS, is fulfilled and portrayed impressively by formation skydiving: precise flying using only one's own body. In formation skydiving, the jumpers must show various formations quickly and precisely whilst in free fall. A competition jump consists of a sequence of five to six formations which are arbitrarily chosen from a predefined pool in a random order. The aim is to repeat this sequence as frequently as possible within the allowed working time.