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Aviation Maintenance Technician
Kristen started skydiving at Skydive City in 2013. She has a BS in Public Safety Management, and a background in Fire Engineering and Wind Tunnel Maintenance. Kristen attended National Aviation Academy for Aviation Maintenance in 2018 and has since focused on PT-6 turbine engine aircraft and skydiving maintenance operations. She loves 2-way no-plan jams and sunset loads.
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When you were a kid, were there any early activities that might indicate you’d one day become a skydiver?
Skydiving wasn’t something I had any exposure to but looking back I can recognize certain things that led me to this sport. I spent quite a bit of time as a young girl laying in the backyard staring up at the clouds and daydreaming about them. I was about four when I asked my mother what a cloud feels like. She told me that I had been in a cloud before on an airplane and that clouds were like fog and we could move through them. I recall a feeling of disappointment that I’d only ever be able to experience a cloud while inside of an airplane. Fast forward twenty years later and my favorite thing is carving through the spaces between them with my friends on an angle jump or under canopy. I would tell my daughter that I would stuff a little bit of cloud in my pocket for her while I was up there.
What was the circumstance that led you to the DZ for the first time to make your very first skydive?
I was dating a guy I met in Fire Academy who had about 100 jumps. I said that I had no desire to jump alone but I would try a tandem. I did my first tandem jump in January of 2013 and I was hooked. I purchased my second tandem that same day and came back a week later for it. February 2nd I did my ground school and first AFF jump. The rest is history.
What made you want to continue skydiving after your first jump?
Watching all the licensed skydivers dirt dive their jumps and watch them on the TV’s afterwards is what made me want to be a licensed skydiver. The stoke in the air after they landed from a jump was electric and filled me with energy and excitement.
What’s the best / most memorable skydive you’ve ever made?
I have two and for very different reasons. My best skydive was the first time I docked on a full-plane head-down formation jump. After years of watching the ninja’s go up on those types of jumps I could finally hang. My most memorable jump was my one and only cutaway (so far). I was doing a hop n pop after a long day of work and my canopy came out like a demon. I was spinning while staring straight down at the ground. My AFF instructor’s voice came into my head in slow motion “it’ll be the easiest decision you’ll ever make” and before I knew it I was safe under my reserve. I didn’t even have time to feel fear or even elevate my heart rate I just did what I needed to do. That day filled me with confidence and I was all smiles by the time I touched the ground.
If you could jump with anyone in the world, who would you like to jump with and why?
I would love to take my best friend Adrienne on a skydive. We’ve been best friends since middle school and she watched me change my entire life to center it around skydiving. I’d love to share the sport with her.
What is one of the best customer experiences you’ve had at Skydive City?
It’s hard to pinpoint what my best customer service experience is at Skydive City because every time I pull in it feels like home. Everyone feels like family even if they’re new or just there for the season. Skydive City was always my escape from some terrible times in my life and everyone has always welcomed me with open arms. It’s an honor to now be a part of the team.
What about your daily work at Skydive City contributes to FUN at Skydive City?
I love working in such a peaceful place. The grounds at Skydive City are set up so you can be super social and position yourself to be around friends or retreat to a quiet corner to work and enjoy the breeze and watch skydivers land. It’s nice to have those options and not sit inside an office all day.
What is most gratifying about your work at Skydive City?
Working under people I have immense respect for who are so passionate about their roles at Skydive City is amazing. It’s something I’ve only found in working for skydiving operations. I also love contributing to the safety of my friend’s who enjoy our airplanes.