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Airkix Tunnel

What Is A Wind Tunnel?

Under the tunnel

It's flying! Imagine a wind tunnel that could be used for testing the aerodynamics of an F1 racing car, turn it upright, gently lean into the airflow and you are skydiving. The easiest way to see what we are talking about is to watch one of the Airkix Flix. You'll get the idea really fast.

The idea of flying indoors was first tried by the American Military in 1964. In 1982 A couple of vertical wind tunnels opened in Tennessee and Las Vegas and the first SkyVenture tunnel opened in Orlando, Florida in 1998. It has been operating there ever since with fantastic success and reliability. Airkix MK is the seventh tunnel to be manufactured by SkyVenture and the first in Europe and Airkix Manchester is the 17th and second respectively.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

How the wind flows through the tunnel.

Airkix works simply and safely. The tunnel circulates air into a flight chamber. To enter the tunnel you simply stand in the open doorway and lean forward. You will feel your legs lifted from under you as you assume a horizontal flying position. Congratulations, you are now flying!

The instructor will help you get into a neutral flying position before teaching you the basic moves. Movements including going up and down, forwards, backwards, sideways and turning are all simple and easy to master and you will soon be learning new tricks!

TUNNEL DIMENSIONS

OUR VITAL STATISTICS
Dimension Basingstoke & Manchester Milton Keynes
Flight Chamber Diameter 14ft / 4.28m 12 / 3.66m
Maximum flying height 39ft / 11.9m 37ft / 11.3m
Flying area volume 7,929 cu ft / 225 cu m 5,599 cu ft / 159 cu m
Building height 67ft / 20m 59ft / 18m
Power (Horse Power) 1600 1000
Max speed 180 mph / 290 kph 165 mph / 265 kph

Other flyers say…

100%

“No it is a great experience but which ever way you look at it it is expensive and the thing is if it was cheaper you would have people queing out of the door”

“Great experience”

First-time non-skydiver, aged 53
Cheshire
2 July 2014 at Manchester

The boss says…


Many of our flyers ask for flights for less money and I'm sure we would like that in most things we buy. Unfortunately our machine does cost well over £4 million to build and a lot to run but it's still the cheapest and most efficient way to skydive which is why so many skydivers train in the tunnel.

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