Fly Away Indoor Skydiving
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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I went to Fly Away Indoor Skydiving to fly in their Vertical Wind Tunnel. A Vertical Wind Tunnel simulates the free-fall of skydiving. The difference is that the air, which is blown up through the net at the bottom of the tunnel, moves past you instead of you moving through the air, as happens when you're in free-fall.
I bought a package of five lessons. You get approximately three minutes of flying with each lesson. You typically are in the tunnel with four other people, although group size can be as small as one, so each group is typically in the tunnel for around 15 minutes. You'd think I'd be able to take all five lessons pretty quickly but there was a lot of waiting until there was a group I could join. That really wasn't much of a problem though. Between the high temperature in the wind tunnel and the jump suit you have to wear I was pretty hot by the end of a lesson and I needed some time to cool down.
As I improved, they let me go up higher. It was a little disconcerting the first time I looked down and realized I was at least five feet over my instructor's head. And when you become unstable and come down from those heights, you can have a fairly rough landing, in spite of the padding around the sides and bottom edges of the tunnel. After four lessons I decided I was hot, sweaty and beat up enough for today. The fifth lesson can wait until tomorrow.