Movie Club: AXIS Flight School can teach you a thing or two


Happy Friday everyone – it’s movie time!!  Today we bring you tasty stuff from AXIS Flight  School, based out of Skydive Arizona, in Eloy, Arizona.  You want coaching?  AXIS team Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel are here to help, offering world-class coaching for both FS and VFS disciplines.  Both of them have attended and medalled at multiple World Championships (currently getting ready to add some more to the collection!).  All AXIS coaches highly experienced competitors and coaches, as well multi rated professional skydivers and damn decent people.

Movie Club President Missy has scoured the good stuff, and picked a couple of videos for you to enjoy, carefully curated from the AXIS YouTube Channel. It offers a has a surplus of information, entertainment and inspiration. I highly encourage jumpers of all levels to subscribe to the channel & check out what AXIS is all about (if you haven’t already).

Foundations of Flight – Long Spot Navigation / Relative Glide

Next up, the entertainment portion of AXIS Flight School TV. Here is their most recent video: “SDAZ Patriot’s Boogie 2014

(make sure to watch all the way through for a sneak preview of a new ULTRA high performance wing) 

And finally…the inspiration. AXIS works closely with the Operation Enduring Warrior projecthelping wounded warrior’s Todd Love and Joseph Grabionowski get into the air. I can go on and on about the AXIS team and these veterans but I think the video speaks for itself. Grab a seat, and get ready to be inspired. 

Todd Love – Accelerated Freefall Training

Joseph Grabianowski – AFF Training

As long as you have the will and spirit, there is nothing you can’t do. And AXIS Flight School is here to help. Thank you Brianne and Niklas!

Jumpers, help mental health professionals treat our brand of crazy!


Erin Wenzel is a Seattle skydiver and a graduate student at Antioch University researching mental health counseling and adventure sports. She probably would never actually use the word “crazy” in a professional setting, but I will. The purpose of her current project is to help mental health counselors have a better understanding of the adventure sport community, ultimately leading to better services.

First step is for all of us adventure athletes to take her survey: It’s quick, painless, and actually kind of a good tool to reflect on personal experiences.d

Look for the results and a write-up from Erin in Blue Skies Mag later this year!

BSBD Daniel Pelrine, Skydive Pepperell

Photo by Alaina Bellucci

BSBDcrop smDaniel Pelrine died from injuries following a hard landing on Sunday August 17th, 2014 at Skydive Pepperell.

He was an experienced jumper and is reported to be current and have had around 500 jumps.  The tight knit community at Pepperell remembers Daniel as a one of a kind guy that was an important part of the dropzone life. The Barefoot Boogie (their annual event) is taking place this weekend, offering opportunities to share memories and good times.

The incident is under investigation.  We send our sincerest condolences to Daniel’s friends and family and everyone at Pepperell.

Photo by Alaina Bellucci

Daniel Pelrine – photo by Alaina Bellucci

News Reports:, The Boston Globe

BSBD: BASE Incidents on Brevent, Mont Granier and Brento

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BSBDcrop smThree BASE jumpers were killed this past weekend. Two in separate incidents in the French Alps this past Sunday (August 17th) and one in Brento, Italy (Saturday August 16th).

An Australian jumper died after jumping Brevent, near Chamonix, France. The name has not yet been released. The jumper was wearing a wingsuit. Brevent is known as a technical spot, not suitable for inexperienced jumpers. BASE jumping was temporarily banned there, but allowed again with some restrictions following a review last July (2013).

French BASE jumper Éric Plassard died after jumping Mont Granier, France. He was an experienced BASE jumper.

French authorities are investigating both incidents.
- News reports:,, The Sydney Morning Herald

Spanish jumper Abraham Cubo Lopez died Saturday August 16th after a jump from Brento, Italy. He was wearing a wingsuit.

Investigation is pending.
- News report: La Voz de Calicia (Spanish)

Those interested in learning more information on BASE incidents should visit BLiNC Magazine and review the BASE Fatality List. BLiNC does an excellent job of gathering and publishing useful information, so that others may learn. Detailed information on the above incidents will be made available there in due time, following a thorough review.

It’s Tiki Time: Light It Up!


Ever been to the Tiki Bar Boogie at Skydive New England? It’s somewhat legendary, for many reasons. It’s held each year over the Labor Day Weekend (2014 dates are August 29th-September 1st). Our editor Lara went there a couple of years ago and found out what people liked best about Tiki Bar Boogie. This is one boogie where weather holds are not a problem!

Last year, Keith Creedy went – heavily armed with a video camera and memory cards – to bring you the video “Light It Up”.   If you have been to Tiki, you know exactly what that means. If not… well isn’t it high time that you go check it out?

According to the Skydive New England website, 2014 will feature live music at the Ripcord Cafe, load organizing by Dr. Pete and Brian Touhey (belly), Ryan Risberg and Manuel Guevara (freefly), Taya Weiss & The Whambulance (wingsuits).  Registration is $35 per person.