AXIS Coach™
Niklas Daniel

Photo by Terry Weatherford
Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School
Photo by Werner Streitfelder.

I am passionate about flying; be it my body, a parachute, or an airplane. It fills me with a great sense of fascination, curiosity, and purpose.

Coaching grants me the opportunity to share my skills and experience with those who have a desire to learn. I believe in building skills on a solid foundation and giving my students tangible evidence of their progress.

My coaching method is methodical yet holistic- incorporating physical as well as mental training, in a positive and constructive learning environment. I strive to find the perfect balance between ability and challenge for optimal engagement and enjoyment. My biggest reward as a coach is the joy of celebrating a student's "lightbulb moments", as they achieve their goals.

Skydiving Stats

Nationality:

USA

Languages:

English and German

Occupation:

Skydiver (Co-Founder / Owner of AXIS Flight School) and Photographer

Appointments:

USPA S&TA (Mountain Region), USIS Advisory Board Member.

Licenses / Ratings:

USPA D License; USIS Founding Member;
Coach; AFF-I; Tandem-I; IAD;
IBA Trainer LVL 4, IBA Tunnel Instructor;
IBA Coach Rating for FS, Static, Dynamic;
Pro rated for 75 sqft;
Private Pilot (ASEL).

Number of Jumps:

11,000+

Tunnel Time:

5500+ Hours,
IBA Tunnel Stats

Emergency Cutaway:

Sport: 21,
Tandem: 1.

Intentional Cutaway:

13.

Competition History

Peak Competition Performances

Formation Skydiving indoor

  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 18.3 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 24 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).

Vertical Formation Skydiving

  • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 21.00 points
    (FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014).
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 27 points
    (FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014).

Vertical Formation Skydiving indoor

  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 26.1 points
    (2019 USIS National Championships).
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 46 points
    (2019 USIS National Championships).

Mixed Formation Skydiving

  • MFS 2-Way Open — Highest average: 12.0 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 17 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).

Speed Skydiving

  • Speed Skydiving — Highest speed 447.32 km/h
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
Silver Medal at FAI World Meet 2014 VFS 4-Way with Arizona Arsenal Silver Medal at FAI World Meet 2008 as videographer in FS 4-Way with Team Blue Bronze Medal at FAI World Meet 2010 as videographer in FS 4-Way with Team Blue Multiple Gold Medals at USPA National Championships in VFS 4-Way Open with Team Arizone Arsenal Multiple Silver Medals at USPA National Championships in FS and VFS Multiple Bronce Medals at USPA National Championships in FS, VFS, and Freefly Bronze Medal at USIS Nationals in 4-Way VFS Open in 2019 Bronze Medal at IBA Nationals in 4-Way FS Open in 2017

FAI World Championships and World Cups

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4th in VFS 4-way, Saarlouis, Germany (2017),
2nd in VFS 4-way, Prostějov, Czech Republic (2014),
3rd in FS 4-way (video), Menzelinsk, Russia (2010),
2nd in FS 4-way (video), Maubeuge, France (2008).

USPA National Skydiving Championships

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2nd in VFS 4-Way Open (2018),
3rd in VFS 4-way Open (2017),
4th in MFS 2-way Open (2017),
3rd in VFS 4-way Open (2016),
3rd in VFS 4-way Open (2015),
1st in VFS 4-way Open (2014),
1st in VFS 4-way Open (2013),
2nd in VFS 4-way Open Alternate (2012),
2nd in VFS 4-way Open Alternate (2011),
8th in FS 4-way Open Video (2009),
5th in FS 8-way Open Video (2009),
2nd in FS 4-way Open Video (2008),
3rd in FS 8-way Open Video (2008),
2nd in FS 10-way Video (2007),
4th in FS 4-way Open Video (2007),
3rd in FS 16-way Video (2006),
3rd in Freefly Advanced (2006).

USIS National Championships

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3rd in VFS 4-way Open (2019).

Other Indoor Skydiving Competitions

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2nd in VFS 4-way Open (2017 Paraclete XP Indoor Championships),
3rd in FS 4-way Open (2017 IBA USA Indoor National Championships),
1st in VFS 4-way Open (2016 Battle of the Blades at iFly Seattle),
3rd in VFS 2-way Open (2016 Battle of the Blades at iFly Seattle).

Chesley H Judy USPA Safety Award 2017 to Niklas Daniel

Awards and Recognitions

Chesley H. Judy USPA Safety Award (2017) in recognition for having, through example, deed, training, or innovation, promoted safety in the sport of skydiving.

 

 

 

 

Body Flight Theory—Part 1:
A Skydiving Coordinate System

By Niklas Daniel. Photos and illustrations by Niklas Daniel.

In order to fully exploit our body’s maneuvering potential in the air, we have to understand what is aerodynamically and physically possible and which underlying principles apply. This paper will eventually cover theory and application for all human flight disciplines, whether for training purposes or general inquiries.

The goal of part 1 of this paper is to establish a more elegant and convenient way to visualize body-flight movement with the purpose of creating order by introducing AXIS systems. You will be introduced to aerodynamic fundamentals and principles of a person in freefall – be it skydiving, base jumping, or flying in a vertical wind tunnel.

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