WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO JUMP FROM A PLANE 100+ TIMES IN A SINGLE DAY?
To say that a project like this is 'logistically challenging' would be a huge understatement, as the reality is probably closer to 'logistically impossible'. However we have assembled a team of amazing people and utilising their wealth of knowledge and experience in the skydiving community we have developed a plan.
A proof of concept was completed earlier this year when Steve successfully did 30 skydives on his 30th birthday. We are taking what we learned that day to speed up every aspect of the project without compromising any safety.
The goal is to achieve an average of 1 jump every 5-6 minutes from sun-up until sun-down (we are not allowed to fly or jump at night time).
Steve will don his first parachute which will have already been checked by our safety team. The 1st aircraft will take him and another jumper acting as a safety officer to a height of 2,100ft (about 1 fifth the height of a normal skydive). Before each jump the safety officer on-board will perform gear checks along with mental well-being checks to confirm Steve can safely jump. Steve will exit the aircraft and immediately open his parachute, he will touch down in the designated landing area 60-90 seconds later.
Immediately on landing a team of 2 people will help Steve remove his parachute and fit him with the next parachute. Within seconds Steve will be boarding the 2nd aircraft which is already in the loading area ready to take-off with him and another safety officer on board. The parachute he just used will be taken inside to be repacked and checked before being put back in the jumping cycle.
This process will be repeated non-stop until our goal is met and a NZ record is set.
2 planes will be used on a turn-about basis and 3 pilots will be on hand to safely share the flying hours and allow for food and drink breaks while Steve continues to jump.
The planning and training has been meticulously thought out however one major factor is entirely out of our control; the weather. We have chosen early December as it allows for maximum daylight hours and we just have to hope that Canterbury will turn it on for us on the day.