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Instructables Goes Indoor Skydiving Answered

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

9 years ago

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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M4industriesDJ Radio

Reply 8 years ago

 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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Chicken2209DJ Radio

Reply 9 years ago

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

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DJ RadioChicken2209

Reply 9 years ago

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

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E-R-ICDJ Radio

Reply 9 years ago

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

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n8manDJ Radio

Reply 9 years ago

It is one and the same.

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DJ Radion8man

Reply 9 years ago

I kinda thought. that...

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Lithium Rain

9 years ago

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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noahwLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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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Plasmananoahw

Reply 9 years ago

That is cool, I like that music!

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M4industries

8 years ago

 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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Kiteman

9 years ago

>jealous<

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Plasmanamg0930mg

Reply 9 years ago

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

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technopenguin

9 years ago

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

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Zorink

9 years ago

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

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noahwZorink

Reply 9 years ago

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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Plasmananoahw

Reply 9 years ago

Is the iFly a vertical wind tunnel?

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thermoelectricnoahw

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Plasmana

9 years ago

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

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caitlinsdad

9 years ago

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

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thermoelectriccaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

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

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caitlinsdadthermoelectric

Reply 9 years ago

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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thermoelectriccaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

: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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Spl1nt3rC3llbumpus

Reply 9 years ago

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

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LinuxH4x0r

9 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

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KillerPanda

9 years ago

It sounds almost like the music from the descent series

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KillerPandaKillerPanda

Reply 9 years ago

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