FAQs - Beginner

Yes.  The skills you learn in the wind tunnel transfer very well to the sky.  In fact, due to the restricted room inside the tunnel, it requires more discipline and precision.

Absolutely, the instructors have experience with these concerns.

No, facilities do not allow this

Yes, you are required to sit through the pre-flight safety briefing.

No. For safety concerns this is not allowed.

The feeling is the same for the free-fall portion of the skydive. The techniques that you will learn are exactly the same as those used for real skydiving.

Yes, most frames will fit underneath your goggles.

When you begin, your height in the tunnel will be determined by the speed of the wind that the wind-speed controller provides.  After learning some basic skills, you can learn to control your own height in the tunnel (usually after a number of flight sessions).

Its all about how much surface is presented to the wind.  While laying on the wind, your whole front is presented to the wind.  While standing (a difficult skill to learn) the instructor is only presenting the bottoms of their feet to the wind … which, at the speed you fly at, isn't enough to lift them up.  If the instructor were to lay down, they would also be flying.

Yes.  There are no restrictions on photography.  But participants may not bring anything with them during the whole experience.  So, only people who are not participating in the experience may have a camera.  But we will be taking pictures the whole time of you and your group while you are flying.

Each facility is slightly different, typically the height of the flight chamber is approximately 30 - 70 feet depending on which facility you are at.

No. Closed toed athletic shoes with laces are required in the flight chamber.

No.  There is no funny feeling in your belly when flying in the tunnel which would make you feel sick.  In fact, even on a skydive there is no sensation of falling.

Your class will start approximately 30 min before your flight time.  Following your class, you will be provided with all of the flying gear that you need.  

There is no way you will reach the top of the tunnel.  We adjust the wind speed to suit the flyer.  Although you may see your instructor go to the top, you will not be flying at wind speeds which would take you anywhere near the roof..

iFLY is a high energy sport and like any sport there is a chance of injury.  However, the instructors at iFLY are highly trained professionals, who participate in a 4 week training program to become certified as well as continued safety training.  This ongoing training makes them uniquely qualified to keep you as safe as possible.

It it quite loud inside the tunnel.  The noise of the fans as well as the noise of the wind passing by the wires in the net floor create far more noise than that experienced in a skydive.

Indoor Skydiving is a sport.  If your doctor has limited your participation in any activities, you should consult with them about whether or not you should participate.  If you have had a shoulder dislocation, it is strongly recommended that you do not fly.

 Typically, flyers must be at least 3 years old. We recommend that you check with you particular facility prior to making a reservation.

Yes.  For your safety and the safety of your instructor there is a weight limit.  Because the limit varies depending on the facility,  you should contact your local facility directly.

The investment is high but the rewards are much higher. The cost although not exact is around $10,000/person. This cost includes 12 hours of tunnel time and one month of training with an experienced course conductor. If you have questions or wish to join a course please contact us.

The skills developed as part of the IBA program can translate across many types of tunnels. However, due to the nature of the course the skills translate best to tunnels that have wall-to-wall airflow, a cable floor that the instructor can walk on and variable speed fans.

Once the course is complete you will receive an Instructor Rating. Management and training staff at facilities aswell as your team will constantly evaluate each instructor's progress in order to strive for greatness. Generally formal evaluations should be conducted every eight weeks.

Trainers designated by the IBA can conduct evaluations. Trainers can be rated to conduct Safety Meetings. An evaluation will be conducted by a Trainer Level 3 or higher as they will be approved to conduct facility safety meetings that cover all aspects of what is required to meet the standard.

Initial requirements are for each individual to demonstrate physical ability in order to be considered for training. The most important factor in an ideal instructor is their attitude; they should be customer service focused, have a can do attitude, and love dealing with people. Candidates will then begin a 12 hour multi-day (usually over a four week period) training program. Successful trainees will be awarded the Level I Instructor Rating.

As tunnels become operational, potential instructors will undergo training by attending a Flight Instructor Training Program (FITP) and upon successful completion will receive a Level I Instructor Rating. Constant evaluation by the tunnel's own staff will help ensure the continuation of correct techniques. Then, as instructors gain more proficiency, subsequent training by the IBA can help the staff achieve higher rating levels, this will allow for tunnels to safely allow flyers to more advanced skills.

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