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Robbie Stewart DZSO - Base Manager & Tandem Master

Born in South Africa but now from New Zealand

Started skydiving in 1995

Worked with us for 2 years

Robbie is one of Skydive Franz and Fox Glacier’s most experienced tandem instructors and in his 25 year skydiving career he has completed thousands of parachute descents around the world including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Botswana.

Robbie has been involved in a range of commercial parachuting activities including reality TV shoots, commercials, airshow displays and was even involved in a program to train anti-poaching dogs to skydive. He is also a very experienced competitive skydiver.

“Jumping in one of the world’s most unique and pristine environments takes my breath away each and every time. The views from 20,000ft are spectacular. When people ask me if I ever get tired of skydiving they clearly haven’t seen the view from my office in the sky.”

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Kelly Tandem Instructor and camera flyer

From New Zealand

Started skydiving 10 years ago

Worked with us for 2 years

Kelly from Taranaki New Zealand, is part of a family of rally drivers so was no stranger to adrenaline as a youngster. She had always been keen to try skydiving but her parents requested she waited until she was 21 and she did her first solo jump the day after her 21st birthday. Since then she’s gone on to become a tandem master, AFF (advanced freefall instructor), and skydive camerawoman and she’s now done more than 3300 skydives.

Her career has taken her around the world.

“I’ve skydived in Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, NZ, Australia and Norway,” says Kelly. “No one jump is the same which makes it exciting.”

Being a female tandem master allowed her to take women skydiving in the Middle East where female customers don’t jump with a male tandem master.

Kelly’s enjoying being back amongst the amazing scenery in New Zealand and loves skydiving in Franz Josef.

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Rilee tandem instructor and cameraman

From New Zealand 

Started in the industry, making parachutes for Aerosports

Worked with us seasonally for 4 years

Originally from the mighty North Waikato, he has previously worked many years in Auckland, for New Zealand Aerosports. This company designed and produced almost all of the parachutes that we currently use daily. 

When he’s not at work you’ll find him out fishing, snowboarding, reading a book or standing strong on his standup paddle board. You will be able to spot him at our Drop Zone showing off his majestic mullet.

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Angus Drop Pilot

Angus

From New Zealand 

Worked in the industry since 2018

Started working with us in 2019

Angus started his flying career in his hometown of Wanaka in 2018. He worked as a qualified flight instructor, where he discovered a passion for flying around New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

“I have the best office in the world, with the best views”, says Angus. He is also fortunate enough to be able to fly at our sister Dropzone’s at Skydive Able Tasman and Skydive Mt Cook.

Although he has done one tandem skydive, Angus insists he has more fun staying in the plane trying to beat the skydivers to the ground. 

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Sandy Ground Crew and Office administration

From USA

Started working with us in 2018

In June ’18, Sandy agreed to a 1 month contract with Skydive Franz to assist ground crew personnel. She can still be found haunting the drop zone as well as the office. Her background is in communications, with experience in aviation ground crew, office administration, and herding cats. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys long walks, horseback riding, and passionate conversations about world peace.

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Angelique Front of House Superstar

Angelique 

From South Africa

Worked in the industry since the 80s

Started working with us in 2019

Angelique’s passion for skydiving started in the late 80’s and nowadays, she can be found at our front of house, helping others check off their bucket lists and experience the most exciting time of their lives.

“Skydiving is more than a once in a lifetime experience. You will forever know that you have had the courage to leap into the great unknown and taken flight above this beautiful world. It changes you. Working at Skydive Franz is incredible as I get to be part of all these exciting experiences every day and at one of the most beautiful drop zones in the world”

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