Airspeed and Knights Continue Championship Reign

The 4-way and 8-way formation skydiving events completed Wednesday, October 28, at the USPA National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Arizona. Arizona Airspeed and the Golden Knights are once again the national champions in 4-way and 8-way, respectively, earning slots on the U.S. Team that will compete at the 2016 World Championships at Skydive Chicago. In addition, the Knights set a new 8-way world record with 32 points in the first round, surpassing the 18-year-old record set by the Knights at the 1997 World Air Games in Turkey.

Skydive Arizona once again ran like a well-oiled machine, flying more than 130 loads on Monday, the busiest day, for the 60 4-way teams. The final rounds of 4-way completed Tuesday, followed by the 8-way event. USPA awarded medals to the winning teams Wednesday evening.

In 4-way advanced, the gold went to Air Force Smolder, with Skydive Midwest NEXT earning gold in intermediate. In the 8-way advanced event, Sugar Free Haribo Gummy Bears and Motiv8 XP were tied for first after the final round, and tied again in the jump-off round, so the new tie-break rules were applied and the gold went to Motive8 XP for the fastest time to the last common scoring formation. Air Force Rendezvous earned the gold in intermediate 8-way.

The competition continues this week with 10-way and 16-way formation skydiving, followed by artistic freeflying and freestyle and the DZ’s Halloween Carnivale this weekend.

Complete scores are available on Be sure to follow all the action on Skydive-TV, broadcasting daily from Skydive Arizona.


Updated:10/29/15. The previous report indicated Sugar Free Haribo Gummy Bears took the gold due to a tie.