iFLY Indoor Skydiving is an indoor skydiving simulation that has locations throughout the United States. Indoor skydiving can be used to practice and develop skills necessary for outdoor skydiving. Indoor skydiving facilities can also be used for the sport.
The iFLY Indoor Skydiving facilities consist of a vertical wind tunnel that draws air up through a wind tunnel and then back down the sides through return air tunnels. The return air tunnels direct the air to the flight chamber through an inlet contractor. The inlet contractor then compresses and speeds up the air as it enters into the flight chamber. This creates a smooth flow of air that allows the guests to fly through the air.
Additional advantages of the iFLY experience include the absence of parachute equipment and the ability to participate with no prior experience. Additionally, all age groups can partake in iFLY, and most people with physical disabilities can participate as readily as anyone else.
Safety is a major focus of iFLY; the wall-to-wall air column is designed to prevent injury, and all fliers are accompanied by a trained and certified instructor throughout the experience. Fliers take turns at sixty second flights, which is comparable to the approximately 45 seconds most skydivers experience of free fall.
More experienced indoor skydivers participate in a sport known as bodyflight, which is similar to competitive skydiving. Participants attempt to perform maneuvers during an allotted amount of time. Bodyfliers often operate in teams to perform more advanced maneuvers. Like many competitive sports that center around specialized maneuvers, bodyflight is scored by a panel of experienced judges.