with Luke Rogers
Australia’s fastest wingsuit pilot.
Topping the podium on the Australian stage and ranking highly in the international wingsuit scene is Luke Rogers. The next level wingsuit coach finished his AFF in Toogoolawah, Queensland only to then concentrate heavily on his training in the USA. Literally flying back to Australia to take the competition scene by storm placing 1st place York in 2017 in Wingsuit Performance Flying and again in 2018 at Nagambie, (ok, he was pipped by Chris Geiler but guests don’t count…)
Luke is a monster for competition, his career (still well from its peak) saw him place 6th in the world at this years World Championships of performance flying, and continues to dominate the online wingsuit world competition held by Wingsuit World, placing first place in the advanced class.
His latest viral video,
saw him take his GoPro Fusion through some serious cumulus and film every skydivers wet dream, whilst inspiring a million more wingsuiter wannabes! Along the way he landed himself on the front cover of Australian Skydiver Magazine (ASM) for his wingsuit flight, and we can only assume put beer on somewhere in the world for his 1st cover shot.
So, why Luke?
Manufactory Apparel is renowned for its brand integrity, clear values on quality and desire for perfection. Our focus is on delivering the very highest quality of design and skydive gear. This same expectation is bestowed upon the athletes we choose to represent our brand in competitions domestic or International for our Brand recognition.
Our values are completely aligned with Luke. His professionalism and discipline is as serious as it can get and he carries this with him (along with his gear) in every skydive he makes, whether it is for training or competition.
We saw Luke put his feet in first place a few years ago, but that’s not what landed him in our favour.
We have seen Luke inspire and transform the Australian wingsuit competition scene and help to shape a very strong Australian national wingsuit team for the future. If you can’t beat him (right now) then join him!
Q&A on the ride to height!
Finished AFF at which DZ: Skydive Ramblers (Toogz)
Chosen Discipline: Wingsuiting
Preferred Tunnel: Ifly Utah
Favourite DZ: Skydive Spaceland Houston
Most memorable Boogie: My 1st Equinox boogie at Toogz, can not remember much but I was told I had a pretty good time.
The ride to height is best in which Plane?: Super caravan (Texas Turbine)
Tandem or AFF: Both
Cookie or Tonfly: Cookie
PD or Icarus: Icarus. Fuck Yeah!!!
Next Jump No: just over 1600
Tunnel hours: 11+
Wing-loading: Pilot7 137,
Follow Luke on Instagram for your weekly #FOMO lukerogers.ws
Images provided by Luke Rogers
Robert Delaney is the creative director and co-owner of Manufactory Apparel. His career in fashion and graphic design has spanned more than 15 years, working for industry-leading apparel companies in sports, street and luxury fashion. No stranger to the sky, Rob has worked as a Camera flyer, LO and coach, and has represented Australia as a competitive skydiver in 2016