AXIS Coach™
Niklas Daniel

Photo by Mike Brewer
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Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School
Photo by Chris Bess.

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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;
HAPS Certified;
IBA Trainer LVL 4, IBA Tunnel Instructor;
IBA Coach Rating Assessor;
IBA Coach Rating for FS, Static, Dynamic, FWE (flying with equipment);
Pro rated for 75 sqft;
Private Pilot (ASEL);
USHPA P2 rated;
Commercial Drone Pilot.

Number of Jumps:

15,000+

Tunnel Time:

Thousands of hours since 2004

Emergency Cutaway:

Sport: 22,
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

  • Highest ISSA Ranking: #2 (Oct. 2022).
  • Highest scoring round: 520.87 km/h / 323.65 mph.
  • Highest average: 511.22 km/h / 317.66 mph.
  • Highest total: 4089.74 km/h / 2541.25 mph.
  • Highest National Team total (Team USA with Kyle Lobpries and Anthony Landgren: 12048.84 km/h / 7486.80 mph)
    (all achieved at 4th Speed Skydiving FAI World Championships 2022).

FAI World Championships and World Cups

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2nd in Speed (Open), Prostějov, Czech Republic (2023),
3rd in Speed (National Team), Prostějov, Czech Republic (2023),
1st in Speed (National Team), Eloy, USA (2022),
2nd in Speed (Open), Eloy, USA (2022),
2nd in Speed (Male), Eloy, USA (2022),
3rd in VFS 4-way, Eloy, USA (2019),
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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1st in Speed Skydiving (2023),
1st in Speed Skydiving (2022),
2nd in Speed Skydiving (2021),
2nd in VFS 4-Way Open (2019),
5th in Speed Skydiving (2019),
2nd in VFS 4-Way Open (2018),
3rd in VFS 4-way Open (2017),
4th in MFS 2-way Open (2017),
7th in Speed Skydiving (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 (2009, Video),
5th in FS 8-way Open (2009, Video),
2nd in FS 4-way Open (2008, Video),
3rd in FS 8-way Open (2008, Video),
2nd in FS 10-way (2007, Video),
4th in FS 4-way Open (2007, Video),
3rd in FS 16-way (2006, Video),
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).

Records

FAI Record 20041FAI Record 20038FAI Record 20008FAI Record 19867FAI Record 19832

North America Records

FAI #20067 G-1 Speed (15 Sep 2023) — Maximum Vertical Speed w/o Drogue: 522.252 km/h (324.513 mph) at FAI World Cup in Prostějov (Czechia) [claimed].


FAI #20041 G-1 Speed (23 Aug 2023) — Highest Overall Average Speed (with Team USA): 478.78 km/h (297.5 mph) at FAI World Cup in Prostějov (Czechia).


FAI #20038 G-1 Speed (23 Aug 2023) — Highest Average Speed (with Team USA): 482.13 km/h (299.58 mph) at FAI World Cup in Prostějov (Czechia).


FAI #20008 G-2 Speed (22 Aug 2023) — Maximum Vertical Speed w/o Drogue: 519.16 km/h (322.592 mph) at FAI World Cup in Prostějov (Czechia).


FAI #19867 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 520.87 km/h (323.65 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


FAI #19832 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Overall Average Speed: 511.22 km/h (317.66 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


USPA Record 400144USPA Record 400031USPA Record 400012USPA Record 201163USPA Record 400091USPA Record 100276

National Records

USPA #400144 G-2 Speed (15 Sep 2023) — Greatest Freefall Speed: 522.252 km/h (324.513 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP (NC).


USPA #400031 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 520.87 km/h (323.65 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


USPA #400012 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Overall Average Speed: 511.22 km/h (317.66 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


USPA #201163 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 517.78 km/h (321.73 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona [eclipsed].


USPA #400091 G-1 Speed (21 Sep 2022) — Highest Overall Average Speed: 505.45 km/h (314.07 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago (IL) [eclipsed].


USPA #100276 G-2 FS (3 Dec 2013) — Head Down Large Formation, Female: 63-Way (as videographer) at Skydive Arizona [eclipsed].


USPA Record 400145USPA Record 400127USPA Record 400125USPA Record 400030USPA Record 201162USPA Record 201161USPA Record 201068USPA Record 400081USPA Record 100293USPA Record 100326

State Records

North Carolina: USPA #400145 G-2 Speed (15 Sep 2023) — Greatest Freefall Speed: 522.252 km/h (324.513 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP (NC).


North Carolina: USPA #400127 G-1 Speed (15 Sep 2023) — Highest Overall Average Speed: 508.9 km/h (316.22 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP (NC).


North Carolina: USPA #400125 G-1 Speed (15 Sep 2023) — Highest Average Speed: 513.54 km/h (319.1 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP (NC).


Arizona: USPA #400030 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 520.87 km/h (323.65 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


Arizona: USPA #201162 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 517.78 km/h (321.73 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona [eclipsed].


Arizona: USPA #201161 G-1 Speed (24 Oct 2022) — Highest Overall Average Speed: 511.22 km/h (317.66 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


Illinois: USPA #201068 G-1 Speed (21 Sep 2022) — Highest Average Speed: 509.45 km/h (316.56 mph) at USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago.


Arizona: USPA #400081 G-2 Speed (6 Aug 2022) — Greatest Freefall Speed: 538.5 km/h (334.609 mph) at FAI World Meet at Skydive Arizona.


Arizona: USPA #100293 G-2 FS (3 Dec 2013) — Head Down Large Formation, Female: 63-Way (as videographer) at Skydive Arizona [eclipsed].


Illinois: USPA #100326 G-1 VFS (15 Sep 2013) — 4-Way VFS Longest Sequence 25 Points at USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago [eclipsed].


Achievement: 180-Hour Freefall Badge (2020) to Niklas DanielAchievement: 12,000 Jump Wings (2020) to Niklas DanielAchievement: Day 4-Stack (2012) to Niklas DanielAchievement: Chesley H Judy USPA Safety Award 2017 to Niklas Daniel

Awards and Recognitions

USPA 180-Hour Freefall Badge (2020) for completion of 180 hours of freefall in accordance with the Basic Safety and Requirements of the USPA.
USPA 12,000 Jump Wings (2020) for completion of 12,000 skydives in accordance with the Basic Safety and Requirements of the USPA.
Chesley H. Judy USPA Safety Award (2017) in recognition for having, through example, deed, training, or innovation, promoted safety in the sport of skydiving.
USPA Day 4-Stack (2012) for completion of a 4-stack during the day in accordance with the Basic Safety Requirements of the USPA.

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