Spaceland Pre-Nationals Competition 2017

Pre-Nationals is a Nationals-style formation skydiving competition that gives formation skydiving teams a chance to tune up and test it out before the Freefall National Championships in September. See how you stack up against Nationals-standard judges and OmniSkore scoring system! This is a fabulous opportunity to get familiar with competition logistics before Nationals, see how you’re comparing to your competition, meet people and have a blast! Events include:

  • 4-Way Formation Skydiving (Classes: Open, Advanced, Intermediate), 8 rounds
  • 8-Way Formation Skydiving (Classes: Open, Intermediate), 8 rounds
  • Mixed Formation Skydiving (Classes: Open, Advanced), 6 rounds

Chief Judge: Randy Connell, USPA Director of Competition
Additional Judges: Tom Jenkins, Daniel Angulo
Competition airplanes: Twin Otters
Scoring system: Omniskore
Meet Directors: Scott Latinis, Christy West

Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for announcements!

Pre-Nationals Schedule

  • Competition load 1’s 15-minute call will be at 7 am each day Friday-Sunday
  • 4-way FS and MFS awards will be at sunset Saturday if the events are complete
  • 8-way FS awards will be given as soon as possible after 8way competition completes
  • No jumps or tunnel flying from the time your event has received the draw until your final round’s score has been posted.

How to Register

1. Register your information

2. Pay online

**** Each competitor on your team should fill out the registration form and pay on this page (payments are per competitor, not per team).

What You Get

  • Scoring by a 3-judge panel of nationally rated formation skydiving judges using Omniskore (led by experienced chief judge/meet director and USPA Director of Competition Randy Connell)
  • T-shirt

Cost Breakdown

  • Registration: $50 for the first event, $25 for each additional event
  • Jump tickets: $25 each
  • Rounds:
    • 4-Way FS: 8 (open, advanced, intermediate classes available)
    • 8-Way FS: 8 (open, intermediate classes available)
    • 2-Way MFS: 6 (open, advanced classes available)

Total (including jumps)

  • 4-Way FS: $250/person
  • 8-Way FS: $250/person
  • 2-Way MFS: $200/person
  • 4-Way FS + 8-Way FS: $475/person
  • 4-Way FS + 2-Way MFS: $425/person
  • 8-Way FS + 2-Way MFS: $425/person
  • 4-Way F + 8-Way FS + 2-Way MFS: $650/person

Refund Policy

Any jumps not made will be refunded at $25 per slot. The registration fee is nonrefundable after Aug. 17.

Practice Jumps: $22 per slot (video slot also $22)

All members of the team must be registered and paid prior to Thursday, Aug 17 to get this rate, which applies to team training jumps made beginning 0700 on Aug 17, 2017 until the briefing starts for the team’s event. Spaceland teams with different rates get your team’s agreed-upon rate for practice jumps.

Questions?

Email Events Director Scott Latinis!






Help Fight Air Traffic Control Privatization (by July 10, 2017)

As a skydiver, you know all aircraft need equal access to Air Traffic Control (ATC) resources. We fly in a complex, dynamic environment that is democratically available to all planes whether they’re jumbo jets, hobby one-seaters, or skydiving aircraft–it’s essential to safe operations for everyone.

However, there’s a bill in front of the House of Representatives (HR 2997) that would privatize ATC, putting this vital system in the hands of a private corporation. Two major potential concerns for skydiving include the following:

  • A private ATC corporation could choose to charge fees to aircraft operators, potentially increasing your skydiving prices significantly. Airline passengers may not notice much because any fees would be shared across many more people, but passengers of smaller aircraft such as jump planes would see major rate hikes with fewer passengers per plane.
  • The United States Parachute Association (USPA) expresses this concern: “Handing control of our airspace to a private corporation will ensure that the largest, most well-funded users-the airlines-get priority while other users-including skydive operators-would see lesser priority and reduced service.”
USPA is calling on all skydivers to help defeat this bill by contacting your representative to oppose HR 2997. Here are some resources to help:

We have already sent our opposition statements, and we’d love it if you could help us keep ATC the way it is–free and available to all flights equally. The bill could be voted on as soon as July 11, so please comment soon if you are able.

Thanks for your support! See you in the sky soon.

Sincerely,
Steve Boyd
Owner, Skydive Spaceland
www.SkydiveSpaceland.com






Anthony Zerbonia Starts Spaceland Wingsuit Academy in Conjunction with Wicked Wingsuits

Anthony ZerboniaThe popularity of wingsuiting continues to explode worldwide. Yet the discipline of wingsuiting is essentially in its infancy, with best practices for wingsuiting safety continuing to evolve. To increase the level of wingsuiting instruction and proficiency at Skydive Spaceland drop zones, Spaceland has teamed up with world-class wingsuit competitor Anthony Zerbonia of Wicked Wingsuits to develop the Spaceland Wingsuit Academy.

“Wingsuiting is unlike any other aspect of the sport that I’ve tried,” says Zerbonia. “Being able to move horizontally and feel like you’re really flying sucked me right in. My favorite type of skydive is either XRW (formation flying between wingsuiters and high-performance canopy pilots) or acrobatic wingsuiting.”

Racking up 1900 jumps in just a few years, Zerbonia has attacked wingsuiting with a powerful passion. He has already won silver in acrobatic wingsuiting at the national and world levels, as well as strong marks in performance wingsuiting. He is also a wingsuit coach examiner, able to instruct any level of wingsuiter. Last but not least, his flying has even been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

First flight courses; Wicked Wingsuit rentals by the jump, day, and month; and advanced coaching are all on the menu for the fledgling Academy. Zerbonia will also be organizing wingsuit jumps when he’s not coaching. He’ll conduct coaching and wingsuit/XRW events at all Spaceland locations, but he’ll be primarily based in Houston.

Spaceland Wingsuit Academy pricing for coaching is as follows (not including slots):

  • First wingsuit flight course: $150
  • Recurrency course: $60
  • Coach jump: $40
  • Full day of coaching: $250
  • Wingsuit coach course: $385

Wingsuit flockWingsuit Rentals

  • Single jump rental: $15
  • Daily rental: $50
  • Weekly rental: $140
  • Monthly rental: $200

In addition to coaching and suit rentals, Zerbonia plans to organize flocking events, XRW events, and wingsuit performance/acrobatic competitions at all Spaceland locations. Stay tuned to each location’s Facebook events page to learn about upcoming events!

“People love wingsuiting, especially in Houston with our frequent large, puffy clouds that serve as great backdrops for these long flights,” says Spaceland’s owner Steve Boyd. “We are looking forward to growing our wingsuit community and its safety with Anthony’s help.”

“We are super excited about making the Spaceland Wingsuit Academy the best in the world,” says Zerbonia.

To learn more about the Spaceland Wingsuit Academy, request instruction, coaching, or a wingsuit rental, please email Anthony at Anthony@SkydiveSpaceland.com.






Skydive Spaceland Skydiver Training Program: Dive Flow 6 Video

Welcome to Skydive Spaceland’s exclusive, innovative Skydiver Training Program! On your sixth “solo” skydive, wearing your own parachute system, you will practice turns, forward movement, and docking on your instructor. It’s getting real now! 🙂

Previous Dive: Dive Flow 5

Your freefall objectives for this skydive are:

  • Team poised exit
  • Maintaining altitude awareness
  • 360° lower-body turns
  • Forward movement to student dock
  • Deploy the main parachute at 5,000 feet

Your canopy objectives are:

  • 90° rear riser turns with brakes set
  • Collapse slider
  • Control check
  • 180° rear riser turns with brakes released
  • Rear riser flare

Watch the video to see how it’s done!






Skydive Spaceland Skydiver Training Program: Dive Flow 5 Video

Welcome to Skydive Spaceland’s exclusive, innovative Skydiver Training Program! On your fifth “solo” skydive, wearing your own parachute system, you will practice turns, forward movement, and your instructor will dock on you.

Previous Dive: Dive Flow 4

Your freefall objectives for this skydive are:

  • Team poised exit
  • Maintaining altitude awareness
  • 360° turns
  • Forward movement to instructor dock
  • Deploy the main parachute at 5,000 feet

Your canopy objectives are:

  • 90° rear riser turns with brakes set
  • Collapse slider
  • Control check
  • 90° rear riser turns with brakes released
  • Rear riser flare

Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Next Dive: Dive Flow 6