Frequently Asked Question re. Formation Skydiving

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What is MFS?

Mixed formation skydiving, aka MFS, is a disciple that incorporates all flying orientations in a formation skydiving format. MFS is broken into horizontal and vertical oriented rounds. Athletes are required to build formations with their partner on their belly and backs, as well as head-up and head-down. This discipline is a fantastic event on its own, but is also a great stepping-stone for the skills necessary to participate in vertical formation skydiving (VFS).

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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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