Indoor skydiving?

#1

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#2
That is outstanding - looks to be loads of fun.

Think I might get some of that if there's one near me!
 
#3
ah seen this before, looks like it would be worth ago, how much a go is it?
 
#4
slimjim said:
ah seen this before, looks like it would be worth ago, how much a go is it?
That one near me is 50Euros for instruction of 45Mins, which includes a 5 min flight and then 25 Euros for each extra 5min flights after that.

Might have to have a day out there soon.
 
#5
Steven said:
slimjim said:
ah seen this before, looks like it would be worth ago, how much a go is it?
That one near me is 50Euros for instruction of 45Mins, which includes a 5 min flight and then 25 Euros for each extra 5min flights after that.

Might have to have a day out there soon.
That's alright, I think I'd have to have 10 minutes 8)
 
#6
I've done it in America, only because I wasn't old enough to do it for real. Since then I've started the actual skydiving course and it seems to me that if you're looking for money against fun the actual course is much more worthwhile.

However, give it a try, its great fun and something to do on a Sunday afternoon.
 
#7
There is a similar place at Xscape in Milton Keynes if memory serves me correct.
 
#8
A wind tunnel is an excellent way of honing an excellent body position in freefall. The restricted space means you've got the perfect tool for telling whether you're 'falling down the tube' or not.

Your instructors will be able to tweak any faults you may have, so you'll be as stable as a rock when it comes to jumping for real.

I wish I'd spent a little time in a wind tunnel prior to starting my freefall career - but the UK didn't have one 15 years ago!
 
#9
Did this at Milton Keynes. Definately worth doing if you are thinking of doing it for real as it gives you a better appreciation of correct body positioning instead of tumbling 10000ft to your death with your arms windmilling and legs kicking like an e fuelled can can dancer. Unsurprisingly there's a big push to get you to buy anything and everything associated with your 2 minutes of hovering and the spotty adolescent on the throttle didn't fill me with confidence. If you're a fat knacker they have to give it a fist full of revs to stop you from hovering 2 inches off the floor. I might add that I am not a fat knacka but i am heavily built in a fit sort of way, so kevin on the controls did have to red line it to make my experience worthwhile!
 
#10
uneasyrider said:
A wind tunnel is an excellent way of honing an excellent body position in freefall. The restricted space means you've got the perfect tool for telling whether you're 'falling down the tube' or not.

Your instructors will be able to tweak any faults you may have, so you'll be as stable as a rock when it comes to jumping for real.

I wish I'd spent a little time in a wind tunnel prior to starting my freefall career - but the UK didn't have one 15 years ago![/quote]

They sure did! In fact the parachute school reviewed this system in 1969. I was sent to Ft. Bragg to have a look at theirs and draw a judgement on whether it was financially worth doing the 'ground' work on this or utilising an aircraft at 12,000ft. The latter won.
 
#11
Indoor Skydiving!! It's Great, But You Cannot Beat The Real Thing!!

Indoor Skydiving, yes indeed this is a great introduction into the basic's of body flight in Freefall. This is a good option with the UK weather being as it is, however its a freefall simulator you cannot beat the true rush off freefall. A tandem Skydive or an Accelerated Free Fall course is the way ahead.

Professional teams use this as a training tool, to prepare for competition skydiving as do military jumpers, an awesome bit of kit.

There are two Wind Tunnels in the UK, with plans for more soon. One in Milton Keynes & one in Bedford.

You can book tunnel time and Skydiving courses at

www.clickandjump.co.uk

or give the office a call 0800 345 7468

I had my mates stag at Milton Keynes, it was mental. After the wind tunnel we went into the snowdome, mega.
 
#14
That talk of fatties brought back this one. Years ago a good mate in Wales, who whilst not exactly fat was about 6'7" and, well, built. There was someone doing microlight flights, and being a lover of all things aero, like me, my mate decided to have a go. The pilot was a bit anticipant but finally decided to go with it. My mate tells far better than I do of his increasing worry as all the wheeltracks on the ground stopped and the thing was still attached to terra firma and getting increasingly close to the river at the end of the field. Luckily for both it got airborne and he had a fantastic time, lucky bugger.
 
#15
Went to Milton Keynes with the family and we all went in the tunnel. great fun, but as mentioned, not the rush of a real freefall. I have'nt done a freefall jump in 20 years, so dad did'nt look quite the 'sky-god' he thought he was! :( I know the U.S HALO course students do 45 minutes on their simulator before their first jump.
 
#16
scrofula said:
That talk of fatties brought back this one. Years ago a good mate in Wales, who whilst not exactly fat was about 6'7" and, well, built. There was someone doing microlight flights, and being a lover of all things aero, like me, my mate decided to have a go. The pilot was a bit anticipant but finally decided to go with it. My mate tells far better than I do of his increasing worry as all the wheeltracks on the ground stopped and the thing was still attached to terra firma and getting increasingly close to the river at the end of the field. Luckily for both it got airborne and he had a fantastic time, lucky bugger.

Oh well then, microlighting is another thing on the list of things that can't be done then :(
 
#17
booty_cadet said:
I've done it in America, only because I wasn't old enough to do it for real. Since then I've started the actual skydiving course and it seems to me that if you're looking for money against fun the actual course is much more worthwhile.

However, give it a try, its great fun and something to do on a Sunday afternoon.
On the other hand, if you are looking to get very good at bodyflying, the 'skills gained' return on money spent in a wind funnel seems to outweigh the rea lthing by miles (you'll be pushed to rack up 10 minutes freefall in a weekend doing the real thing). AIRKIX in MiltonKeynes sponsored a team of ladies a coupla years ago, and they went from zeroes to world champeens in a couple of seasons.

Is it as easy as those dudes made it look? Hell no. I 'did' Milton Keynes in August paid for with Tesco points BTW - me with 800 real jumps (last one over 5 years ago), my li'l bro (2000+ jumps), his 18 yr old son (8 jumps) and my 3 boys (10 and 15 yrs - no jumps) . I promise none of us were wizzing around the pipe like the hotshots in the vid, but we had a really good time. In amongst our gang, they were instructing the 9 year old daughter of a French sky-god, who looked as happy and as natural as though she was born to fly (that's 45 minutes flying time in a wind tunnel for you)

There's an alternative venue in UK, called BODYFLIGHT, near Bedford. Unlike AIRKIX, it isn't purpose built for freefall training, but adapted from its original military purpose. I'm told it's the larger of the 2 (AIRKIX max capacity = 4 pers: BODYFLIGHT = 8, IIRC). I seem to recall thinking it was a bit cheaper than the one in MK, too, but then it isn't in the middle of a massive leisure complex (X-Scape)


If you have access to one of these, you should go at least once.
 
#18
The jungle drums have been a beating... the next Airkix wind tunnel will be in Manchester, by the indoor ski slope near the Trafford Centre.
It should be ready for Crimbo 2009.
14ft across, an awesome prospect for the UK's skydiving community.
Bring on the Wind!!
 
#19
I used to use the one in Kuala Lumpur every time I passed through - easily the best way to improve your freefall body positioning in a short space of time.
It's worth getting some time in even before doign An AFF or similar course - almost every rookie I've seen jump (including me) always tracks backwards at first because they don't point their toes enough.
 
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