Frequently Asked Question re. Formation Skydiving

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What is HFS?

Horizontal formation skydiving, aka HFS, is an AXIS Flight School creation targeted to challenge those who want to fly in more than one orientation, but lack the skill to fly in the vertical orientations. Athletes are required to build formations with their partner(s) while either or both are on their bellies and or back. This fun and challenging discipline is a great stepping-stone towards MFS. In addition, those who have flown and enjoyed the 2-way HFS dive pool designed by AXIS, you can give the experimental 4-way version a try.

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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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