Every flyer must goes through the progression to insure the safety of the student, and instructor. Skydivers who are proficient will most likely move through the progression significantly faster than those without these skills.
Each tunnel has different policies in this matter. Please contact the tunnel directly to learn about the specific rules at the facility in question.
Yes, protective gear must be worn in the antechamber.
Most tunnels do not allow foreign objects into the wind tunnel as they could get loose and become a hazard, destroying the object and potentially damaging the tunnel itself.
If you can fly at the wind speed appropriate for the student and both you and your student have been signed off for 2 way flying.
Flyers must be able to perform controlled 6 points of motion (forward, backwards, left turn, right turn, up, and down) in belly, back, and sit orientations. They must also be signed off to perform sit to sit transitions.
Only qualified instructors are allowed to spot transitions. Each skill on the Flight Chart denotes what level of instructor is required to spot that specific skill.
For example, the Back to Sit Transition is a Level 3 flying skill that requires a Level 3 instructor to spot.
Qualified coaches may give the safety briefing but the instructor will need to confirm that all the appropriate information is presented to the flyer.
A current and on-duty tunnel instructor must always be present in the tunnel during all flight sessions.
You may only walk in the tunnel if you have been signed off by an instructor to do so. You may fly with your students if they are signed off for two way flying or you may coach them from though the glass
Although most are, not all of them are active skydivers
Absolutely. Use the flyer directory option on this website and use the Filter feature to search all instructors to see where they are located.
Seeing the excited face of first time students experiencing the thrill of bodyflight for the first time.
Flyers who can follow directions, stay relaxed with their chin up (even when flying higher in the tunnel), and move slow and smooth are safe to begin turning. It is often the case, however, that first-time flyers will have a far better experience successfully floating and getting good photos of themselves, rather than being marginally successful at turns.
The wind-speed controller can be of assistance with helping to adjust the students body position. It is the primary job of the wind-speed controller to adjust the wind-speed appropriately.
Only expert controllers possess the multitasking skill needed to safely accomplish this task. So, one must carefully consider when to utilize this help. A wind-speed controller should never offer help to a flyer unless the instructor has requested it.
Ensuring the student is having fun and aimed at the camera when photos are taken. It is easy to sell a product that you believe in.
Students who attempt to perform advanced maneuvers in the tunnel without the needed training and assistance present the greatest safety risk to themselves and the instructor who must attempt to spot the individual.
The 3 most important things a first-time flyer can do is to Hold Still, Relax, and keep their Chin Up.
When presented with too much information, flyers tend to forget important aspects of flying. A student will do well if they remember the hand signals as well as the need to be still, relaxed, and to keep their chin up. Limiting the information given to them, increases their chances of remembering these key items.
Earplug insertion can present a problem for many flyers. Children's earplugs should always be inserted by an instructor to ensure correct placement and no hearing loss for the child. Adults may insert their own earplug with the appropriately explained technique, but the correct placement should be confirmed by the instructor.
Suits should fit first time students without being tight or excessively baggy. A loose fitting suit will allow the flyer to get lift with slower wind speed. This provides a safer environment for the student and coach. As a flyer progresses, they will want a tighter suit. Eventually, a custom suit is recommended.
By making a personal connection with a students through your class and tunnel behavior, one can greatly help to keep students relaxed. This can be accomplished by being confident, knowledgeable, friendly, smiling, and avoiding any behavior that would indicate to the student that flying is anything but safe, fun, and easy.
Each student is different. As a general rule, it is better to not let a first time flyer go above your head until you are comfortable that their flying will be predictable when out of reach. It is good to be reasonably sure that your flyer will stay still and relaxed with their head up even when flying at a higher level. Also, it is good to be sure they will use their hands to push away from the wall once you are unable to keep them from hitting the wall. It is never a good idea to allow a small child to be out of your reach or let anyone fly in a way that you are uncomfortable spotting them.
Before a student can move to the next level in the IBA progression, they must be proficient in flying 6 points of points of motion. These are left, right, forward, backward, up, and down. Although these are the minimum standards for progressing, much more skill is needed to efficiently fly in a new orientation. An effective instructor/coach will ensure the student has met the minimum safety standards to move forward and that moving on will be an effective use of their flight time.
Although a good foundation in skydiving (and more importantly - tunnel flying) looks good on your resume, no previous experience in the sport is needed.
The first thing one must learn in the tunnel is to relax in a good, stable, body position. Then you must learn to perform six points of motion while flying on your belly. These are left turn, right turn, forward, backward, up, and and down. Once you are controlled and proficient with these maneuvers you can begin to learn more advanced belly flying skills or you can begin the free-flying progression. This begins with back flying. You then learn the same skills which you acquired on you belly: Entering the tunnel, exiting the tunnel, and 6 controlled points of motion. Then you will be ready to begin learning transitions (changes) between the different flying orientations. When combined, these transitions are “tricks”.
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.
No. However, the wind tunnel is the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way to learn about almost all aspects of the free-fall portion of skydiving. Most skydivers actively use the tunnel to improve their flying skills.
Although this can occur for a number or reasons, it is most often eliminated by relaxing. Some of the more common reasons why people “potato-chip” are: Looking down, pushing arms down, de-arching, and stiff or locked legs.
The first thing one must learn in the tunnel is to relax in a good, stable, body position. Then you must learn to perform six points of motion while flying on your belly. These are left turn, right turn, forward, backward, up, and and down. Once you are controlled and proficient with these maneuvers, you can then start flying at higher wind speeds and being more aggressive with your movements … gradually allowing you to fly higher and higher in the wind column.
No. The wind-speed controller is not allowed to take instructions about wind-speed changes from anyone except the instructor conducting your session. If you wish a change to be made, you must communicate that to your instructor.
The instructor will be inside the tunnel for your safety at all times. To learn tricks we have a flight progression that will teach you how to fly, ask your instructor about how you can continue on the path.
Yes. As long as you wear approved ear plugs, jumpsuit, helmet and shoes. Your gear should be inspected by your instructor. If you require any gear, we always provide it free of charge.
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 getting hit by the wind. While standing (a difficult skill to learn) the instructor is only presenting the bottoms of his 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, he/she 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 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.
Flyers must be at least 3 years old.
Yes. For your safety and the safety of your instructor there is a weight limit. Because the limit varies depending on the iFly/SkyVenture location, you should contact your local facility directly.
No. As stated in your ratings book, no instructor can be signed off for a particular discipline until the preceding level has been successfully completed. You will however be able to begin training on this discipline whilst working towards that particular level.
The investment is high but the rewards are much higher. The cost although not exact is around $10,000/person. This cost includes 15+ 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 to other 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 "Basic," "Intermediate," or "Advanced" Safety Meetings. Generally "Basic" means all belly and back fly spotting skills. Generally "Intermediate" means all sit fly spotting skills. Generally "Advanced" means all head down spotting skills.
If you are currently working at an iFLY or SkyVenture facility, it will be under a set routine as to when your particular evaluations will occur. Attending one of these set meetings will be the only way to keep a current rating. If you don't work as instructor for a period of greater than thirty days, you must ensure that do some re-currency training to ensure that you are proficient in all skills that you are rated to perform.
Initial requirements are for each individual to pass a physical test 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 the four week 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.