What is a Wind Tunnel?

The Airkix tunnel at Manchester

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 1st SkyVenture tunnel opened in Orlando, Florida in 1998. It has been operating there ever since with fantastic success and reliability. Airkix MK is the 7th tunnel to be manufactured by SkyVenture and the 1st in Europe, Airkix Manchester is the 17th and 2nd respectively and Basingstoke is the latest addition to the Airkix family.

How does it work?

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!

How does a Wind Tunnel Work?

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

Airkix Vital Statistics
Dimension Basingstoke & Manchester Milton Keynes
Flight Chamber Diameter 14ft / 4.28m 12ft / 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…

“There was nothing we would change! The whole experience was great and my daughter and her friend absolutely loved it!”

“What a fabulous experience!! My daughter and friend loved it and can't wait to do it again! Glenn was an excellent instructor - he was patient, explained things clearly to everyone and made the whole experience amazing!”

First-time non-skydiver, aged 12, Warwickshire, 9 May 2016 at Milton Keynes

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