Later this year, Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco will be the site of the newest iFLY Indoor Skydiving location.
The Austin wind tunnel has been open less than a year and is booked solid almost every day. The site marks the 24th tunnel in 10 years. Driving 3 hours for a flight might be asking a lot for adrenaline fans who need excitement, not long rides down I 35. If only the speed limit matched the 115 mph beginners fly at in the wind tunnel.
Several packages are available depending on the flyer’s experience. First timers will need to set aside an hour. Beginning with 10 minutes of instructional time, flyers will be fitted with a flight suit and safety gear, followed by a shared half an hour of flight time, practicing good positioning on their bellies. Flights last one minute, allowing several tries for each participant. A certified instructor is present at all times during flight.
Stuart Wallock of iFly explains, “Each flight last 60 seconds which is equivalent to free fall which last approximately 45 to 60 seconds when jumping from a plane.”
Of course, no one is expected to master moves like the “Triple Lindy” or flying upside-down their first session. Some take to the sport much faster than others. Many are able to move on to more advanced skills after as few as three sessions in the tunnel.
For those who are hooked after one try, deals and discounts are offered to give you the chance to refine those skills in up to 6 different classifications and over 60 maneuvers. You can even compete solo or in group formations. The First-Time package is only $59.95. Prices vary based on experience, length of session and whether or not souvenir photos and video are included.
As long as you are a healthy 3 to 103 year-old, you can join the 5.5 million people who have felt the freedom of indoor skydiving in 26 different tunnels worldwide.