Just in time for the 3rd World Air Games in Torino Italy, the PD Factory Team completed a week of training at Skydive Elsinore, California. The expanded team, now ten members strong, already put in two successful camps earlier in the year at Skydive DeLand, Florida.
At the first two camps, the focus was on bringing the new team members (Brian Vacher, Pablo Hernandez, Jessica Edgeington, Tommy Delibac and Ian Drennan) up to speed on team flying skills and team landings. The third camp moved into the competition training phase as the team flew runs on FAI competition courses with 1.5 metre electronic entry gates.
The team managed to complete 20 jumps of each FAI discipline of Speed, Distance and Zone Accuracy for a total of 60 jumps. In Speed, the team were flying a variety of sizes and wingloadings of the new PD Competition Velocity. This year’s new Zone Accuracy rules posed many new challenges as the team tried to figure out the best strategy for approaching the course.
For Distance the team spent a day running downwind at just over the competition limit of 7 meters per second, experimenting with different wing sizes.
Pablo Hernandez of Spain completed his 9000th jump on the last day of the camp and the team was also able to make a tandem jump with one of their sponsors; Steve Brown, Marketing Manager of Gatorz sunglasses, well known amongst skydivers.
Lake Elsinore lies about 1.5 hours from Los Angeles and is the home dropzone of PD Factory Team members, Jonathan Tagle, Tommy Delibac and Jessica Edgeinton. The dropzone provided a great training location with their facilities and jump aircraft.
Reported by Brian Vacher
Photos by JC Colclasure