Profile - Ty Losey | D-22574

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201110Ty Losey, D-22574, is a multi-talented full-time skydiver who jumps at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. As a member of Arizona Arsenal, he won a gold medal in the first official 4-way vertical formation skydiving (VFS) competition, a test event at the USPA Nationals in 2006. Since then, he has stockpiled an impressive array of medals in VFS. Besides being a competitor, Losey teaches skydiving and is a tandem and AFF instructor examiner, a wind tunnel instructor, an FAA Senior Rigger and holds a PRO rating.

Marital Status: Married to Margaret

Life Philosophy: Take it the way it comes; leave it the way it is.

Sponsors: Airtec, Cookie Composites, Get Hypoxic, Larsen & Brusgaard, Ouragan Suits, Precision Aerodynamics, Rigging Innovations, Skydive Arizona, SkyVenture Arizona

Container: Rigging Innovations Voodoo

Main Canopies: Precision Aerodynamics Xaos 88 and Xaos 85

Reserve Canopy: Performance Designs PD-126R

AAD: Airtec Speed CYPRES 2

Year of First Jump: 1995, static-line jump at Cline Falls Skydivers in Redmond, Oregon

USPA and FAI Championships, Medals and Records:

  • Head-Down World Record for Largest Formation, 108-Way (2009)
  • World Cup, Gold in 4-Way VFS with Arizona Arsenal (2008 and 2009)
  • World Championships, Silver in 4-Way VFS with Arizona Arsenal (2010)
  • USPA Nationals, Gold (2008 and 2009) and Silver (2007 and 2010) in 4-Way VFS with Arizona Arsenal
  • National Record for Longest VFS Sequence, 19 Points in 35 Seconds, at 2007 USPA Nationals
  • USPA Nationals Test Event, Gold in 4-Way VFS with Arizona Arsenal (2006)

Total Number of Jumps: 11,703 logged
Freefly: 6,000
Camera: 5,000
Tandems: 3,500
FS: 1,500
AFF: 1,200
Demos: 60
CF: 30
Wingsuit Jumps: 30
Balloon Jumps: 2
BASE Jumps: 2
Other: 300-plus hours of tunnel time

Total Number of Cutaways: Around 12. Including tandems, probably more.

Are you a neat packer or a trash packer?
Depends on how much you are paying.

Do you have any pre-jump superstitions?
I don't log jumps or sign first-jump certificates for tandem students until after the jump is complete.

Most people don't know this about me:
My first name is Austin.

What do you like most about the sport?
While you are skydiving, you are required to focus very specifically on what you are doing. You don't have to think about daily life circumstances, relationships with people or even if you are hungry or not. You live in the moment, and all the other crap doesn't matter until you land.

What do you like least about the sport?
WHAT?! (I'm going deaf.)

Who have been your skydiving mentors?
Many mentors have helped me along the way. I'd like to mention Big John Adams, Bob Daughs, Tony Thacker, Norm Kutz, Tom Gade, Orly King, Bob Sinclair and many others who have in some way helped me become a better skydiver, canopy pilot, packer, instructor, person and mentor to others.

How did you become interested in skydiving?
I met my first instructor at a community college class. He was telling everyone who would listen about how cool skydiving was and how we should all try it. I tried it...

Do you have any suggestions for students?
Pay attention under canopy; always fly an identifiable landing pattern; always have an out in case of something unforeseen. Remember that many skydivers have strong opinions about how to do something or what is safe, but not all of those opinions are based on facts. Hearing what multiple people say about an issue can help you learn a technique or formulate your own opinions based on fact.

What's the most bad-ass thing you can do in the air?
Let that fart out in freefall, not the plane.

What is your favorite jump craft and why?
Balloon, because it’s mostly silent, and you can see all around without anything in the way.

If you could do a fantasy 2-way with anybody, whom would it be with and where would it take place?
A 2-way with Joe Kittinger when he jumped from the edge of space.

What kind of skydiving student were you, the typical flailer or a complete natural from jump one?
A mix of both. In my mind, I was a natural, but my logbook says otherwise. I was a spinner when I did delays of more than 10 seconds. But my enthusiasm far outweighed my ability, so it didn't matter how good I was; I was stoked to jump.

What has been your best skydiving moment?
From winning competitions to getting married in freefall to just hanging out on the DZ on a rainy day, everything about skydiving is the best.

What has been your greatest competition moment?
So far, it’s been standing on top of the podium in the Czech Republic for the World Cup in 2009. I hope there are more moments like that soon.

What has been your worst skydiving moment?
Breaking both legs because I jumped in bad winds.

How did you get to your current level of vertical talent?
I learned flat-flying beyond the basics before trying to fly vertically—lots of 2-ways with lots of people and lots of jumps over time. Later, tunnel time and more structured jumps helped get rid of bad habits and build good ones.

What was it like winning the 2006 Nationals in VFS?
2006 Nationals was a tight race, and my personal emotions were high and low throughout the comp. We were all in the hangar waiting for judging of the final round, and it was between Arsenal and Altinex. Altinex’s round was shown first, and they put up a good score, so when it came to us, it was a nail biter. We ended up one point ahead at the end, and I was stoked—cheering and excited. It was the first year with VFS as a discipline, and it has grown quickly since then. It was great to be a part of it and to be the first gold medal winners of a new discipline.

What is the future of VFS competitions? Are there more boundaries to push?
The discipline is still so young that I hope we haven't maxed out yet! I hope to see an expanded dive pool that will support 10 rounds in the open class and an intermediate dive pool where intermediate teams can actually do all the points. I would love to see accurate judging at the competitions.

How do you motivate yourself for constant improvement?
Constant improvement is something everyone does everyday in some way or another. I know that as skydivers we are always students, so motivation for improvement comes naturally, just like when I was learning how to skydive. The learning chunks are smaller and more detailed now but still lead to improvement for the next jump or training day. Being on a team means that there are other people depending on your performance; if I don't constantly improve, they might get a replacement for me.

What drives your competitive spirit?
I want my team to be the best. Whether it's VFS or bowling, you don't play to lose.


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