New Meetup: Indoor Skydiving

From: Texas M.
Sent on: Friday, February 6, 2009 5:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado Things To Do....!

What: Indoor Skydiving

WHEN: Sunday, Feb 22nd @ 4:30pm - Please show up early.

WHERE: SkyVenture
9230 Park Meadows Dr
Littleton, CO 80124

COST: Your introductory flight includes your training session, use of all flight gear, 2, one-minute flights (2 minutes total), one-on-one personal assistance from your instructor and a souvenir flight certificate. In your first flights you will learn the basic freefall position.

$40 per person if paid by Feb 13th @ 10am, otherwise, $50 per person if paid after Feb 13th @ 10am.

RSVPs MUST be made by Feb 18th @ 12pm. We need to reserve our spot. DO NOT DELAY!

WHAT: SkyVenture Colorado simply put is flying; you will soar on a column of air. SkyVenture Colorado is the world leader in vertical wind tunnels. SkyVenture Colorado produces wall-to-wall airflow that is smooth and fun to fly in. Precise air flow control combined with certified instructors make for a great experience.

You are actually flying! Excitement, Adrenaline and Adventure! SkyVenture Colorado offers the experience of a lifetime.

No previous experience necessary! The training class will teach you everything you need for body flight. All of the flight gear is included. All YOU have to do is smile!

Freefall is the closest possible thing to human flight. Now everyone can experience the exhilaration, in a fun environment, in full view of family and friends!

Everything that you need for a real flight experience is waiting for you at SkyVenture Colorado. No experience needed, just a sense of fun and adventure

The flight chamber has a trampoline-like floor made from super-strong aircraft cable.

To enter the tunnel, you will stand in the open doorway and lean forward while your instructor guides you. You'll begin to feel the wind help support your body, You are now flying!

To leave the tunnel, you will be guided back to the doorway, stand up and you have now completed your flight.

SkyVenture's 1200 horsepower fan system generates freefall-speed winds of over 160mph, in a controlled and comfortable environment!

Four 300 horsepower fans circulate air around the interior of the structure, generating the same wind speed which skydivers feel during freefall. By learning to position yourself to balance on this airflow, you'll learn to fly your body the way skydivers do, close to mother earth and in view of your friends and family!

Two fans are located on each side of the top level of the building. Wind is generated away from the center, flowing down the sides of the Return Air Towers, and into the basement. From there, it transitions toward the center, where the flow from each side joins together and proceed upward. At this point the wind is approximately 30mph.

As the wind travels upward, it passes through the Inlet Contractor, which narrows the path to 12 feet in diameter. Physics tells us that by narrowing the opening, air speed increases. Before reaching the Flight Chamber, the wind has reached upwards of 120mph!

The Lower Flight Chamber is surrounded by plexi-glass through which the flyer is visible to spectators. Above that is the Diffuser, which gradually increases in diameter before the wind is turned outwards to the fans. This slows the airflow near the top and is one of the safety features of SkyVenture wind tunnels, helping beginning flyers to stay in a safe position within the Flight Chamber.

While other tunnels take in all the air from the outside, ours recirculates air as described in order to reduce noise and to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. The Return Air Towers have Louver Doors which can be opened to allow whatever amount of fresh air is required to keep the tunnel cool during warmer times.

For the aerodynamically inclined, are you curious how the airflow is turned around corners? Turning Vanes are banks of airfoils curved 90-degrees, guiding the air around corners without introducing excessive drag or turbulence.

SkyVenture's tunnels were designed by professional wind tunnel engineers from organizations such as NASA. It's the most efficient design in the world, with a smooth interior laminar flow, which makes SkyVenture often refered to as "an airplane, turned inside-out!"

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/ColoradoThingsToDo/calendar/9690339/

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