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Gian Franco

Freefly / Angle Organizer

Gian Franco getting ready to go skydiving at Skydive City

Gian Franco

Freefly / Angle Organizer

Email:
[email protected]

Tel:
267.410.3311

Web:
Skydive Aeolus School

USPA License Number:
268769

Ratings:
USPA Coach, AFF Instructor, Sigma Tandem Instructor, IBA Wind Tunnel Coach and Freefly and Angles Load Organizer at Skydive Zhills – Florida
Member of the Aeolus 4 way VFS Team

Number of Jumps:
+7000

How many years in the sport?
+8

Wind Tunnel Hours:
130+

Professional Background:
Industrial Engineer and MBA

Awards:

  • 1st Place in 4-Way VFS Advanced at the IBA Sunshine Throwdown – December 2017
  • Participants on Florida’s Head Up Large Formation State Record – January 2018
  • 1st Place in 4-Way VFS Advance at the 2018 Indoor Skydiving Championships at Paraclete XP – February 2018

When you were a kid, were there any early activities that might indicate you’d one day become a skydiver?
Not really, but I did a lot of sports when I was a kid and I always like the speed

What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?
I met a good friend for lunch one day, and he told me that he was doing skydiving. This was something that I was always interested but I never had the chance to know anyone doing it before. He showed me just one video of one of his exits from a Cessna 182 and I was like “Wow”, I really need to try that!

2 weeks later I was in the DZ for my first tandem from the same plane.

What made you want to continue skydiving after your first jump?
I land and I say, when can I learn this! I started my skydiving course like a month later.

What’s the best / most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?
Ufff, there is so many good ones, but definitely one of the most magical moments that i have lived as a skydiver until now, was my first jump with the main group for the 200 way Head Down World record attempt at Skydive Chicago in 2018. I was doing jumps with the bench (because I didn’t had an invite) and suddenly I had the opportunity to jump with the record group. I did four 200 ways, but the first one was the most amazing feeling. My biggest formation before that was 40 ways. Watch those 9 planes, a huge formation building, having the pressure of doing my job surrounded by some of the best flyers of the entire world, getting to my slot, take the dock, getting on level and see across the formation: WOW! I will never forget that one.

If you could jump with anyone in the world, who would you like to jump with and why?
Matthew Hill. Incredible organizer, super creative, amazing flyer and with so much experience! One of my favorites organizers!

As an instructor, what has been one of the most meaningful jumps you’ve made with a student?
I enjoy teaching very much. I try to enjoy every single jump with my students. Is very hard for me to define just one.

One amazing experience that I had recently, was the Freefly Canadian Invasion Camp that I organize with another amazing organizers (and good friends from Canada), Mike Di Lisi and Benoit Lemay. Was a great satisfaction make that happen for the first time and see the happiness of everyone that participated.

What about your daily work at Skydive City contributes to FUN at Skydive City?
I love what I do and I try to keep a positive energy around me when I’m doing it and also when I’m not. I love our DZ, our community, our events and our parties!!! I try to participate as much as I can and I like to share that energy to the world!

What is most gratifying about your work at Skydive City?
I do what I love the most. I have the best job in the world, what else can I say…

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