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Meet The Team


Andrea, from New Zealand, is a co-owner and marketing manager.

She is a keen skydiver (as a tandem passenger), a keen writer, snowboarder and fisherman. Andrea also works as a property manager.

She's married to James and is mum to Tom and Scarlett.

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Christina, from Germany, is working as ground crew and driver. She is here in New Zealand on her gap year travels.

Christina enjoyed tandem skydiving so much she has recently learnt to skydive solo and has achieved her A License.

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Craig, from New Zealand, is co-owner/director of Skydive Franz and is our quality assurance manager.

Craig's other job is as a helicopter pilot at Mt Cook. He is an outdoorsman, climber, hunter as well as a keen aviator. Craig lives in Twizel with his wife and two young daughters.

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Darren, from New Zealand, is one of our pilots.

Darren brings a wealth of experience to the team with about 6000 flying hours during his 30 year flying career.

He is an experienced mountain flying pilot and also a glider instructor pilot and has flown in New Zealand and Canada.

He really enjoys the challenge of flying different aircraft and loves the view of the mountains outside his 'office' window.

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Henry, from New Zealand, is a Tandem Instructor and Camera jumper, and is also a senior manager.

He has been with Skydive Franz from the very first day of operation, initially employed as a parachute packer.

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Jack, from Brazil, is a tandem instructor.

Jack has lived in many places around the world and can speak English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Jack has done more than 1000 skydives.

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James, from New Zealand, is co-owner/director and is our CEO and main aircraft pilot.

He enjoys being involved in skydiving because of the genuine thrill it offers people from many different backgrounds and cultures. James is a keen skier and sailor, who is happiest out on the lake sailing with his family and friends when not flying skydivers about in the skies.

James lives in Franz Josef with his wife and young son and daughter.

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Jo, from New Zealand, is a co-owner.

Jo is a keen outdoors-woman and lives in Twizel with her husband Craig and their two young daughters. Her other job is a psychologist.

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Jordan, from New Zealand, is a tandem instructor and skydive cameraman and initially came to Skydive Franz as a NZ Diploma in Commercial Skydiving student in 2014.

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Jordan, from New Zealand, is a tandem master and skydive cameraman who has been with Skydive Franz since 2013.

During our winters he travels overseas and most recently has been skydiving in California.

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