FLYING. INDOOR SKYDIVING SIMULATOR TRAINING. LEARN TO FLY YOUR BODY!
In Flight Club we utilize vertical wind-tunnels as
free-fall simulators for a performance enhancing tool when training
If you are planning to enroll into an Accelerated
Free-Fall skydiving course (AFF) with the Flight Club skydiving school at
Aerograd Kolomna, or if you are already enrolled in the AFF program with
and wish to up your level of in-air proficiency with
some additional free-fall simulator time, then this page is for you.
Following we explain how wind-tunnels work, what
body-flying is, who this activity is for and how you as an Accelerated
Free-Fall skydiving student can benefit from training in a wind-tunnel.
Last but not least, we explain the booking process and
associated tuition fees.
HOW DO VERTICAL WIND TUNNELS WORK?
Just like a conventional wind
tunnel used for testing cars, only that it stands vertically. Its main
purpose is to simulate air-flow characteristics similar to those a
skydiver experiences in free-fall.
There are free-standing mobile
outdoor simulators which pump airflow upwards using giant fan blades located
below the flight deck.
There are no boundaries in terms of
walls, which is really cool if you put them onto the beach or into stadiums,
since the performer really does get the sensation of flying and spectators can see
the action easily.
For hard core
skydivers, looking at things from a "skydiving simulator" point
of view, the downside of these outdoor models is the lower quality airflow in
comparison to indoor simulators.
Indoor-skydiving facilities, like
the name correctly suggests, are vertical wind tunnels utilizing a cylinder
shaped, enclosed flight chamber. The chamber has a safety netting but is
otherwise open to the bottom and features several giant fan blades located
just above the top end of the flight chamber. The fan blades act like a
propeller sucking air through the flight chamber, creating
an upwards-directed airflow that allows anybody inside the chamber to
hover, thus creating simulated free-fall.
Adjacent to the flight chamber, in
the control room, sits who we lovingly call the driver, a professional
controller who oversees the tunnel's operating systems and who can adjust the
rpm rate of the fan blades.
In doing so, the controller can
create wind conditions custom-tailored towards each flyer's body mass index and
suitable for each player's current level of flying skills.
Some of the more powerful indoor
skydiving simulators feature giant 16ft diameter and 50 ft
high flight chambers and can create wind-speeds of up to 180 mph! Plenty
of space and enough power for several people to simultaneously fly around
To keep things safe, a professional
spotter supervises the action in the chamber, so nobody is bouncing off the
walls or off the safety net while its game on.
WHAT IS BODY-FLIGHT?
Body-flying is the art of
controlling your body in free-fall. You can learn to maintain a stable
belly-to-earth flight attitude, move forward and backward, fly up and down,
turn and go from side to side.
Everybody starts out flying on
their bellies, since it involves a naturally and laterally stable
body-position, can be applied in low airspeeds and provides for a familiar
Eventually though, you will be able
to perform the same maneuvers and freely turn, loop and roll around the
three axis of your body while flying inverted on your back, sitting or standing
in the air and while flying head-down.
it takes, is for a professional coach to show you how it's done and a little
bit of practice from your side.
WHO IS WIND-TUNNEL BODYFLYING FOR?
As you now know, the controller can
adjust the wind speeds in the flight chamber, there is a spotter inside the
chamber for your safety and you learn to fly in a one-on-one format from a
Accordingly, an indoor skydiving
simulator really is a controlled, safe and indiscriminate environment and
virtually everybody can learn to fly there, and we really do mean
you ever go visit an indoor free-fall simulator, you are likely to run into a
pretty colorful crowd. You will see kids as young as 5 years, mom and pops
and of course real skydivers go absolutely crazy for this. Wind-tunnel flying
really is a whole lot of fun and ... by the way, very addicting ;)
HOW DO SKYDIVERS BENEFIT FROM
PRACTICING IN A WIND-TUNNEL?
For anybody who has never
experienced terminal velocity, wind-tunnels are a fun and a no-pressure kind of
environment to get an idea what 120 mph of wind hitting your body, actually
That's hurricane force wind-speeds
and for the first moments you feel this, the sensation is guaranteed to
literally take your breath away.
A wind-tunnel is a great place to
get accustomed to this and make friends with your new element.
There is no survival aspect to the
wind tunnel game and thus, student skydivers can fly around without much of a
worry and for however long it takes, in order for them to:
find their balance in a stable
face-to-earth flight attitude, learn to hold and manipulate a heading and to
simulate their deployment sequence as it applies to real free-fall skydiving.
These basic free-fall skills are
essentially the targeted learning objectives which any Accelerated Free-Fall
skydiving student needs to master in order to progress through AFF CAT A,
CAT B, CAT C1, CAT C2, CAT D1, CAT D2.
Equipped with some relatively
permanent muscle memory and with new-found confidence in your abilities, you
have an excellent chance of translating these skills into a live free-fall
environment during your Accelerated Free-Fall skydiving course.
Experience has shown, that
Accelerated Free-Fall skydiving students who have mastered these elementary
flying skills in a wind-tunnel environment prior to going into free-fall,
typically progress fairly smoothly through the AFF program, with repeat jumps being
the rare exception.
On the other hand, AFF students who
have to figure all this out under sensory over-load conditions and operating
under severe time pressure in live free-fall, are more likely to need a couple
of extra attempts every so often to master certain free-fall tricks.
While past generations of pilots
have all picked up their flying skills exclusively through live in-air
application, it' s probably safe to say that today, there are not a whole
lot of people roaming the skies in fighter-jets or in air-liners
without having enjoyed the benefits of simulator supported training.
Equally, there is currently no
world-champion competition team in any free-fall discipline of sport
skydiving, which does not train, at least in supplementary form, in a
free-fall simulator environment.
to show you.
NDOOR FREE-FALL SIMULATOR TRAINING
- TUITION FEES
FREE-FALL SIMULATOR TRAINING (30
MIN FLIGHT TIME): USD 250.00
minutes effective flight-time, safety briefing, motor- skill development
training prior to your flight, one-on-one coaching, debriefing, video of your
body-flight, round-trip road transit between the Flight Club skydiving school
at Aerograd Kolomna and the wind-tunnel)
Prior to booking free-fall simulator time, you must be
formally enrolled into an Accelerated Free-Fall skydiving course with the
Flight Club skydiving school at Aerograd Kolomna.
If you haven' t been formally enrolled yet, please
follow this link to the Accelerated Free-Fall skydiving course tutorial.
Accelerated Free-Fall students who are currently
enrolled into the program already, can request for supplemental
free-fall simulator training directly at the Flight Club skydiving school
or, should you not be onsite, fill in and send us the booking request form.
If you are a visiting foreign student, please
allow for one extra day in your itinerary to accommodate for this when
making travel plans.