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Last month, the city welcomed iFly, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, to the new Chisholm Creek Trail Shopping Center, 13600 Pawnee Drive. It’s the 17th facility of its kind to open in the U.S.

iFly developed a patented technology that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience human flight in a comfortable environment.

The iFly experience is easy to achieve. Guests show valid identification and wear closed-toe shoes, and the trained staff prepares them for flight. Participants watch a short instructional video and then suit up (helmet, goggles and earplugs included).

The Chisholm Creek development is growing rapidly, and iFly is happy to call Oklahoma City its newest home.

“iFly has identified over 800 possible locations worldwide,” said Evan Comer, sales manager. “The Chisholm Creek area in north Oklahoma City will soon prove to be the entertainment district in the metro. iFly is excited to set that tone with our newest wind tunnel design.”

The indoor skydiving experience is something not of this world. Once properly suited in safety gear, guests enter a clear tunnel 12 feet in diameter. Winds greater than 100 mph blow upward and hold them afloat. They grab the “doorway,” lift up their chins and lean into the air as if preparing to free-fall from an airplane.

Guests first iFly experience is not made alone, Comer said. The instructor enters the tunnel and helps stabilize fliers to prevent them from losing control (or hitting the wall).

There are many levels of flight status to achieve. A first flight is simply learning how to maneuver body weight against massive wind speeds. The instructor teaches three body positions that are conveyed via hand signal: arms out, legs straight to fly high, legs bent to lower toward the earth.

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A standard visit includes two one-minute flights. The first is a warmup in which participants learn how to position their bodies against the wind to achieve a steady flight.

The second brings in the “high fly” — the instructor flies guests high up into the tunnel. The iFly experience might be the closest anyone can get to feeling what it’s like to be a super hero.

The company offers a tiered pricing system that rewards return fliers. A first-time visitor pays $69.95 for two one-minute flights. A return visit within three months earns two one-minute flights for $54.95, Comer said. The more often fliers return, the lower the price.

Oklahoma City’s iFly center specializes in custom events for groups of all sizes, Comer said. The company also works closely with STEM programs and offers a STEM curriculum to correlate with classroom learning.

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Editor’s note: Oklahoma Gazette contributor Kerry Myers bravely volunteered to take the course and write about her experience.

Print headline: Hands-free fun, A gigantic, indoor facility trains adrenaline junkies how to skydive.

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