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Foundations of Flight

AXIS Flight School's article series
on Safety and Training

published by Parachutist magazine.

#88: Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 07/2018, pg. 61.
 

#87: Head-up Breakoff

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 06/2018, pg. 66.
 

#86: Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 05/2018, pg. 66.
 

#85: Toe-Knee Drill

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 04/2018, pg. 56.
 

#84: Collapsing a Slider

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 03/2018, pg. 64.
 

#83: Heading Control Using Rear Risers During Deployment

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 02/2018, pg. 56.
 

#82: 2-Way Phalanx Exit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Wybenga.

Published in Parachutist 01/2018, pg. 56.
 

#81: Mixed Formation Skydiving Block 10 (Flat Stairstep)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Wybenga.

Published in Parachutist 12/2017, pg. 64.
 

#80: Sit-Fly Fall-Rate Changes (Leg Mechanics)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 11/2017, pg. 61.
 

#79: Head-Up to Head-Down Shelf Translation

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 10/2017, pg. 64.
 

#78: Back-Fly Backward Drive

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 09/2017, pg. 64.
 

#77: Back-Fly Forward Drive

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 08/2017, pg. 66.
 

#76: Head-Down Fall-Rate Changes in the Shelf Position

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 07/2017, pg. 58.
 

#75: Mixed Formation Skydiving Random F (Totem)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 06/2017, pg. 57.
 

#74: Mixed Formation Skydiving Block 8 (Bison)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 05/2017, pg. 57.
 

#73: Mixed Formation Skydiving Exit for Random G (T-Squared)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 04/2017, pg. 65.
 

#72: 2-Way Belly Star Exit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 03/2017, pg. 67.
 

#71: Head-up Side Slides

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 02/2017, pg. 57.
 

#70: MFS Block 1—Double 69

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 01/2017, pg. 65.
 

#69: Forward Drive on the Belly

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 12/2016, pg. 66.
 

#68: 2-Way MFS Block 7—Periscope-Periscope

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Kevin Mitchell.

Published in Parachutist 11/2016, pg. 65.
 

#67: Back-Fly-to-Belly Front-Flip Transition

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 10/2016, pg. 73.
 

#66: Belly-to-Back Backflip Transition

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 09/2016, pg. 61.
 

#65: Head-Down Side-Slides

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: David Cherry.

Published in Parachutist 08/2016, pg. 69.
 

#64: Exiting a Half Rebel (MFS Random Formation N)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Seth Studer (aerial) and David Amett (ground).

Published in Parachutist 07/2016, pg. 55.
 

#63: Exiting a Double Spock (MFS Random Formation B)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Seth Studer (aerial) and David Amett (ground).

Published in Parachutist 06/2016, pg. 62.
 

#62: Climbing to a Camera Step

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 05/2016, pg. 56.
 

#61: Back-Fly Turns (Heading Changes)

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 04/2016, pg. 65.
 

#60: Head-Down Foreward Movement in the Daffy Position

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 03/2016, pg. 56.
 

#59: Head-Down Range of Motion Drills

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 02/2016, pg. 57.
 

#58: Range of Motion Drills for Back-Flyers

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 01/2016, pg. 64.
 

#57: Range of Motion Drills for Belly-Flyers

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 12/2015, pg. 62.
 

#56: Head-Down Forward Movement

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 11/2015, pg. 58.
 

#55: Forward Movement in a Sit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 10/2015, pg. 78.
 

#54: Backward Movement in a Sit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 09/2015, pg. 58.
 

#53: Back-Fly Fall-Rate Changes

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 08/2015, pg. 58.
 

#52: Braked Canopy Flight

Article: Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 07/2015, pg. 50.
 

#51: Sit-to-sit Cartwheel

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 06/2015, pg. 60.
 

#50: Breaking off from a Belly Formation

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Illustrations:Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 05/2015, pg. 54.
 

#49: Back-Fly Floater Exit

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 04/2015, pg. 62.
 

#48: Head-Up Range-of-Motion Drills

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 03/2015, pg. 60.
 

#47: Head-Up Neutral Position

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 02/2015, pg. 54.
 

#46: Big-Way Approaches (Belly Formations)

Article and camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 01/2015, pg. 89.
 

#45: Sit-to-Sit Backflip

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 12/2014, pg. 60.
 

#44: Half Reverse Eagle

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Vince Arnone.

Published in Parachutist 11/2014, pg. 66.
 

#43: Reading Surface Wind Conditions

Article and camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 10/2014, pg. 60.
 

#42: Vertical Formation Skydiving Block 4

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brandon Atwood.

Published in Parachutist 09/2014, pg. 62.
 

#41: Vertical Formation Skydiving Block 8

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brandon Atwood.

Published in Parachutist 08/2014, pg. 60.
 

#40: Relative Glide

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Illustrations:.

Published in Parachutist 07/2014, pg. 64.
 

#39: Sit to Head-Down Front Flip

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Iveta Muravyeva.

Published in Parachutist 06/2014, pg. 62.
 

#38: The Floater Exit

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 05/2014, pg. 63.
 

#37: The Accuracy Trick

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Camera/Illustrations:.

Published in Parachutist 04/2014, pg. 55.
 

#36: Advanced Belly Turns

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 03/2014, pg. 53.
 

#35: The Neutral Belly Position

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 02/2014, pg. 55.
 

#34: Sit-Fly to Head-Down Cartwheel

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 01/2014, pg. 55.
 

#33: Properly Applying Front-Riser Input

Article and camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 12/2013, pg. 60.
 

#32: Rock the Cradle

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Vince Arnone.

Published in Parachutist 11/2013, pg. 68.
 

#31: Outfacing Head-Down Carve

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 10/2013, pg. 60.
 

#30: Head-Down Turns

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 09/2013, pg. 67.
 

#29: Exiting an Open Accordion

Article: Brianne Thompson with Sandy Radsek and Kim Winslow.
Camera: Niklas Daniel (air) and Mark Kirschenbaum (ground).

Published in Parachutist 08/2013, pg. 65.
 

#28: Backward Movement—Belly Flying

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 07/2013, pg. 65.
 

#27: Back-Fly to Sit-Fly Transition

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 06/2013, pg. 67.
 

#26: Head-Down In-Facing Carving

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Steve Curtis.

Published in Parachutist 05/2013, pg. 59.
 

#25: Spinning A Sidebody Piece Backward

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Travis Mills.

Published in Parachutist 04/2013, pg. 59.
 

#24: Head-Down Variations

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 03/2013, pg. 65.
 

#23: Back Tracking

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 02/2013, pg. 57.
 

#22: Sit-to-Sit Front-Flip Transition

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 01/2013, pg. 65.
 

#21: Head-Up Variations

Article and camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 12/2012, pg. 65.
 

#20: Rear-Riser Stall

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Paul Youcupicio.

Published in Parachutist 11/2012, pg. 73.
 

#19: Taking Grips

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Paul Youcupicio.

Published in Parachutist 10/2012, pg. 61.
 

#18: Back-Flip Transition from Sit to Head-Down Daffy

Article: Niklas Daniel.
Camera: Iveta Muravyeva.

Published in Parachutist 09/2012, pg. 71.
 

#17: Spinning a 2-Way-Caterpillar (Cat) Piece

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Travis Mills.

Published in Parachutist 08/2012, pg. 69.
 

#16: Basic Back-Fly Position

Article: Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 07/2012, pg. 61.
 

#15: Head-Down Breakoff

Article: Niklas Daniel with Brandon Atwood.
Camera: Steve Curtis.

Published in Parachutist 06/2012, pg. 63.
 

#14: Diving Exit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 05/2012, pg. 67.
 

#13: Sit-Fly Exits

Article: Niklas Daniel with Brandon Atwood.
Camera: Steve Curtis.

Published in Parachutist 04/2012, pg. 71.
 

#12: Kiting

Article and camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 03/2012, pg. 71.
 

#11: Two-Way Vertical Transitions (aka "Over Unders" or "Burble Hopping")

Article: Brianne Thompson with Thomas Hughes.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 02/2012, pg. 63.
 

#10: Exiting a 2-Way Compressed Accordion Piece

Article: Brianne Thompson with Thomas Hughes.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 01/2012, pg. 65.
 

#9: Sole to sole

Article: Niklas Daniel with Steve Curtis.
Camera: Travis Mills.

Published in Parachutist 12/2011, pg. 75.
 

#8: Double Spock

Article: Niklas Daniel with Steve Curtis.
Camera: Travis Mills.

Published in Parachutist 11/2011, pg. 69.
 

#7: Side Buddies

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 10/2011, pg. 69.
 

#6: Two-Way Head-Down Flower Exit

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 09/2011, pg. 69.
 

#5: Launching a 2-Way Sidebody Piece

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 08/2011, pg. 77.
 

#4: Toggle Stalls

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 07/2011, pg. 69.
 

#3: Level Changes While Belly Flying

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 06/2011, pg. 77.
 

#2: The Side Slide

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Niklas Daniel.

Published in Parachutist 05/2011, pg. 69.
 

#1: The Barrel Roll

Article: Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson.
Camera: Brianne Thompson.

Published in Parachutist 04/2011, pg. 77.
 

 

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