September, 2018Indoor skydiving has officially taken off in New Zealand.
The country's first iFLY wind tunnel has opened in Queenstown.
It is a joint $15 million project between Sky Venture International,
which manufactures iFLY wind tunnels, and Emma and Gary Beyer.
The pair struggled to express their delight on Friday.
"I'm thrilled, elated and it's a big relief as well," Gary Beyer said.
"It's taken about six years to get this thing done. The joy I feel is hard to
The tunnel flight happens in 4.5m high glass wind chamber. It has wall-
to-wall cushions of air pumped through at controlled speeds of up-to
Anyone can fly in it, including children and skydiving professionals
practicing their tricks.
Among those showing off on Friday was 14-year-old Australian pro-flyer
"I tried it once and just kept going back," she said.
She joined a club, trained, and was rated Australia's number two junior
freestyle performer at a recent competition.
Yates said she had tried sky diving and was looking forward to turning 16
so she could solo sky dive.
The Beyers have had a long association with the international skydiving
community; Emma represented Britain and won the 2006 World
Championships and Gary represented the USA and won the World
Championships in 1999.
Emma Beyer, the attrtaction's managing director, said tunnel flying was
one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, with its own global
leagues and events.
"Our hope is that we'll develop a national bodyflight team and compete
internationally. We know the sport will take off."
Admission starts at $149 for adults and includes training, full safety
equipment and two flights.
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