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The Instructables team has been going strong for a while now - some of us have even been with the company for over two years! Eric took Rachel, Eric N and me to iFly, an indoor skydiving facility, as an anniversary gift. Flying is awesome, and now we want to build an indoor machine of our own! I'm going to publish all of my Instructables in flight from now on.

Here's video of the first flight we did where we were just learning how to stabilize ourselves.




Here's video of the second flight we did where the instructor took us up and down, spun us around, and let us move around a bit on our own.


**music NOT from noahw**

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DJ Radio (author)2009-02-12

It kinda looks like the one On Mythbusters, from "can falling in a straight line catch you up with someone who is falling on his belly?' idk the exact name, but thats How I remembered it. They confirmed it.

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M4industries (author)DJ Radio2010-01-23

 Yeah, when I did this, you only were in the air if your posture was perfect. Otherwise, you lay on the ground as your instructor tries to correct you.

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Chicken2209 (author)DJ Radio2009-02-13

it was a several part myth they do that with movies by testing for 3 different things

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DJ Radio (author)Chicken22092009-02-13

yeah, they also tested the high drop and convo in the air.

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E-R-IC (author)DJ Radio2009-02-13

yea, the sky diver caught up right when they pulled the chute

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n8man (author)DJ Radio2009-02-12
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Lithium Rain (author)2009-02-12

Awesome! I want to try that!

And congratulations! May Eric be buying you anniversary presents for many, many years to come!

If not Noahw, where's the music from? I like it...

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noahw (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-12

It was added into the DVD that iFly gave us as part of package. I ripped the video off the DVD, and the music came with.

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M4industries (author)noahw2010-01-23

Hey, how did you rip the video? 

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Plasmana (author)noahw2009-02-16

That is cool, I like that music!

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M4industries (author)2010-01-23

 OMG I just did this last weekend and it was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my entire life.

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mg0930mg (author)Kiteman2009-02-13
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Plasmana (author)mg0930mg2009-02-16

Me three mg0930mg, me three. (Me doing my bad english again... :-))

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M4industries (author)Plasmana2009-11-19

 Me four Plasmana, me four.

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technopenguin (author)2009-03-25

I bet that movie studios use these for stunts...

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Zorink (author)2009-02-13

Next burning questions winner: How to make an indoor skydiving room

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noahw (author)Zorink2009-02-13

I'll offer a cash prize for that burning question, and another opportunity for someone to have a date with me! Flying was so much fun!

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Plasmana (author)noahw2009-02-16

Is the iFly a vertical wind tunnel?

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caitlinsdad (author)noahw2009-02-14

Tandem jump? Interesting...

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thermoelectric (author)noahw2009-02-14

Did you ever see how they could force that much air through there? Centrifugal fans, Axial fans or compressors?

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thermoelectric (author)Zorink2009-02-14

I'll make one!

First I need a house :-)

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Plasmana (author)2009-02-16

That looks like an heck a lot of fun!! I want to try that.... :-)

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-02-12

Too bad they can't replicate the experience of getting booted out of the plane.

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What more do you think they should add to make the experience more life-like?

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They should build one of these things in a giant grain silo. There is a different terrifying feeling when something solid disappears under your feet and you start to free-fall. You might be able to enhance it with the same visual technology like in the Disney Tower of Terror ride. Jump off the ledge at the top of the silo until you reach terminal velocity. If you wanted to simulate the chute opening, you could be attached to a cable that jerks you back. The landing part might be a little harder to mimic as you are really just staring down a grate cover on the back end of a big fan or jet engine. Controlling your chute is a big part of the landing requiring a lot of room so I'm not sure if that would be part of a "recreational" ride. Too many people would crash and burn.

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Yeah, And I don't think they would use jet engines to blow the air cause it might get a tad hot :-)

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2009-02-12

:D

I've always wanted to go into one of those!
Looks like fun!

I know what next year's gift will be! Zero-G plane FTW!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)bumpus2009-02-14

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Indoor skydiving one year, Vomit Comet the next. :D

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2009-02-12

I'll make one with the next million i get i wish

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Weissensteinburg (author)2009-02-13

Since I first saw it on TV, I've always wanted to try that.

I've been with instructables for over two years, too!

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Berkin (author)2009-02-13

Wow.... I wonder if there are any of these indoor skydiving facilities in Minnesota...? THIS IS REALLY COOL!!!!

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KillerPanda (author)2009-02-12

It sounds almost like the music from the descent series

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KillerPanda (author)KillerPanda2009-02-12

At least, the beginning of the first video and some of the others do

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