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Bluebird Day

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's a beautiful, bluebird day in Franz Josef today, the weather is forecast to change so get in quick and book now 👍

Lake Mapourika

Friday, March 17, 2017
This is beautiful Lake Mapourika today. We love this lake, it's only a few minutes' drive from town and you can see it while skydiving 😊

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
We've had lots of sunshine, blue skies and skydiving this week. This shot shows tandem instructor Jack with his passenger during freefall. You can see Franz Josef Glacier just below them to the left and New Zealand's highest mountains Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman below Jack's hand.

When 'Good Enough' Is Not An Option

Thursday, March 09, 2017

 

Did you know there are a whole team of experts working behind the scenes to keep customers safe? One of those experts is Senior Rigger Jack Costanzo and he explains what a rigger does and how ‘good enough’ is not an option.

“A rigger maintains the skydiving gear and make sure it’s functioning properly,” says Jack. “On top of that it’s a case of maintaining the secondary parachutes making sure they’re packed repacked and up to date every six months, independent of use.”  

While maintaining the quality and checking of the gear are all really important Jack says the most important role the rigger has is ensuring all gear is kept at the proper standards and the responsibility is placed on him.

“It’s an interesting role in some ways as the rigger will have more authority over the gear than the company owner,” says Jack. “If some one uses the gear that I’ve condemned then they’re operating illegally and can face charges.”

Jack is also a skydive instructor, a tandem instructor and skydive cameraman so has an all round understanding of every aspect of skydiving. His senior rigging role enables him to do reserve repacks and some repairs and is one year off becoming a Master Rigger. In the whole of New Zealand there are only two current Master Riggers who take on the work a Senior Rigger isn’t yet qualified to do.

“Every rigging job I do builds up my rigging time and it’s a matter of time and staying current before becoming a Master Rigger,” says Jack.

The rigging roles are closely monitored and only a select few are allowed to progress through the ranks. Over the years Jack has learned under supervision, gotten experience and a recommendation from an examiner. This ensures a lot of the same people know him, his skills and what’s going on within the industry.

Jack also went to rigging school at Elite Rigging Academy in Florida run by renowned Master Rigger and skydiver Derek Thomas. Jack spent more than a month living and breathing rigging.

“It was completely immersive, full time in a loft learning to use every different kind of machine every day from 8am until dark,” says Jack.

Jack has done well over 1000 skydives and is happy he can work doing the things he loves.

“I love the rigging work, I love sewing, repairing, doing intricate hand work and building things,” says Jack. “I always do the neatest most perfect job every time.”

 

 



Great Skydiving Weather

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

We've got an awesome patch of great weather starting today so now's the time to book that skydive.

This is a photo taken this morning as the sun came over the mountains. You can just spot a tiny power pole in the middle lower part of the photo which put the mountains into perspective. Franz Josef Glacier village is out of shot to the left.

Ultimate Dad/Daughter Day

Thursday, March 02, 2017
Best. Dad. Ever.
Ten year old Pyper has been wanting to do a tandem skydive for ages so her Dad Pete decided it was a good idea to do it at the same time.
"I wanted to have the experience with her," says Pete. "It's good for her confidence and she's a dare-devil so she's going to do it anyway."
Pyper said the skydive was scary but fun and was pleased she did it.
Pete was proud of the way Pyper handled doing the skydive.
"Not at any stage did she look like she's not going to do it," says Pete.
~ We love your style Pete and Pyper, thanks for coming skydiving with us 

Best Place in the World to Skydive

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We're not all about mountains and glaciers, we've got the ocean right here too, making this the best place in the world to skydive

Franz Josef Locals Go Skydiving

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's been great to have a few locals getting up and skydiving lately, making the most of the summer sunshine. 

Bella Lash, on the left, has spent much of her 14 years living close by the airport and watching the Skydive Franz plane overhead. She's moving towns soon so was determined to skydive before she left and bought along friend Georgia. The girls were scared but pumped before their skydive.

Bella's mother and grandmother were on hand to celebrate their achievement too. 

~ Good stuff Bella and Georgia and thanks for skydiving with us :)


Another familiar face skydived on the same day. 

Zac who works for Glacier Helicopters here in Franz Josef totally loved his skydive.

"It was awesome," says Zac. "It's the best thing ever."

~ Hope to see you out at the dropzone again soon Zac and thanks for skydiving with us :)

Henry's 4000th Skydive

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You’d expect someone to be bored after doing the same work task for the 4000th time, but it’s not the case when that task is skydiving.

Chief tandem instructor Henry Morgan did his 4000th skydive last week and says skydiving is not a normal job.

“It doesn’t feel like work,” says Henry. “It’s not a job, I’m paid to have fun.”

Henry enjoys introducing customers to his love of skydiving especially people who may be a bit scared, and over the years he has developed a technique to put people at ease.

“I try and make them relaxed when I do the briefing and tell them if they forget everything then that’s ok and to just keep their eyes open and have fun,” says Henry. “They remember what to do then. If they’re freaking out they don’t remember.”

One of the payoffs for reassuring people is the customer’s reaction after their skydive.

“Especially if they’re scared, it’s awesome to see how happy the customers are once they’ve completed their skydive,” says Henry. “They have a real sense of achievement and often want to go straight back up and do it again.”

One of the other reasons skydiving appeals to Henry is the workplace environment.

“We work as a tight family, we’re all good friends and we share a love of the same sport,” says Henry. “The staff have jumped all over the world and here is their preferred place to work as we’ve got some of the best scenery in the world and it’s a great place to progress skills.”

Henry says learning really safe habits is the number one thing at Skydive Franz and everyone learns off each other. He offers key training in every type of skydiving and a lot of staff learn to pack parachutes while increasing their jump numbers and progress on to camera flying which puts them in a solid position to become a tandem instructor.

“You learn many crucial skills to becoming a tandem instructor doing camera jumps,” says Henry. “It’s really satisfying giving back to the sport and the future of the industry by progressing people through the different stages in a safe and unrushed manner.”

Even after 4000 jumps Henry isn’t close to having enough.

“I still want to do more,” says Henry. “Bring on the next 4000.” 


Awesome Weather for Skydiving

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No trick photography here, our main street at Franz Josef Glacier actually does look this awesome this morning. The weather today and for the upcoming days is looking fantastic and our skydive spaces are filling up fast. If you like views of the ocean, NZ's highest mountains, lakes, rivers, rainforest and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers then this is the best place to skydive in the world so don't hesitate and book now.