Why indoor wingsuit?
SPORT WIND TUNNELS
Vertical wind tunnels revolutionized skydiving some forty years ago taking a hard-to-access adrenaline sport indoors. There are around two hundred vertical tunnels in the world now and it is unthinkable to practice skydiving without also spending hours in a vertical tunnel. Beginners find a stable and safe way to fly before their first jumps, and experienced skydivers need the time in the tunnel to be able to compete in the outdoor sport. Indoor skydiving has developed to an international sport in its own right. Vertical wind tunnels have become a multi-billion-dollar industry.
THE WINGSUIT EXPERIENCE
Wingsuit tunnels are the next big thing. It follows the trend in the air where skydivers go from falling to flying through the air. Indoor wingsuit pilots outperform skydivers without experience from the wingsuit tunnel. Our coaches and customers place first in the international competitions. Similar to the development of traditional skydiving, it will be unthinkable to practice wingsuit flying without spending time in our Indoor Wingsuit tunnels. In the tunnel you get instant feedback from your coach and video recordings show your performance minutes after your last flight. In one day you get more air time than over three intensive days outdoors.
Indoor Wingsuit flying is a unique product. The most extreme sport in the world becomes available to anybody and everybody. Wingsuit flying is a very visual, and the videos of base jumpers jumping off a cliff flying with close proximity to the rocks quickly become viral. The same videos are used to let customers new to the sport see and feel how it is to fly a wingsuit in the mountains or off a tall building. Customers, young and old, fly in the tunnel with a 360-degree view of the base-jump projected in their helmet.
The wingsuit makes all the difference. It becomes a small plane in the air, and you truly fly. This is not possible in a vertical tunnel where you are confined to float on the air cushion.
The wingsuit tunnel has several benefits to vertical tunnels. As the wingsuit has its own lift, you can run the tunnel at lower airspeeds. It reduces noise significantly, and lower decibel levels means that more locations become available. Residential areas, city centers and shopping malls that are ruled out for vertical tunnels can now host a wingsuit tunnel. With lower speeds, you require a smaller tunnel circuit, which reduces both footprint and construction costs. A wingsuit tunnel has the additional benefit of being lower than the traditional sports wind tunnels. It becomes easier and less expensive to repurpose buildings.
Lower airspeeds lead to reduced costs for fans and engines, and to less energy used. The cost for electricity is next to staff typically the main cost for running a sports tunnel. Not only will the capital expenditures typically be lower compared to a vertical tunnel, but also the electricity costs. Both of which have a direct impact on the bottom line.