Herald Sun

Come fly with me

Thrill your­self at skydiving cen­tre

- JOHN MASANAUSKA­S CITY EDITOR john.masanauska­s@news.com.au

MEL­BUR­NI­ANS will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of skydiving with­out need­ing to jump from a plane.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple a year are tipped to visit a $12 mil­lion in­door skydiving cen­tre that is due to open at Essendon early next year.

In a first for Vic­to­ria, iFLY Mel­bourne will of­fer the ex­pe­ri­ence of fly­ing with four high-power ax­ial fans chan­nelling air through a cir­cu­lar glass cham­ber. Fly­ers, from as young as three, will be given a brief train­ing ses­sion and then fit­ted with jump­suit, hel­met and gog­gles be­fore en­ter­ing the wind tun­nel with an in­struc­tor.

iFLY op­er­ates glob­ally, in­clud­ing at Pen­rith in Syd­ney.

Com­pany CEO Nir David­son said that more than six mil­lion peo­ple had tried the ex­pe­ri­ence, with most go­ing into the ma­chine for two min­utes at a time.

“Cus­tomers are gen­er­ally kids and fam­i­lies, com­pa­nies do­ing team build­ing events, sky­divers work­ing to im­prove their skills, and mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers learn­ing to sky­dive,” he said.

“It’s like the real thing, I’ve done thou­sands of jumps and I can tell you it’s iden­ti­cal with­out the risk of the aero­plane or the para­chute — you can get in there and fly and have fun.”

Mr David­son said that Mel­bourne prices were still be­ing de­ter­mined; how­ever, the Syd­ney fa­cil­ity’s web­site quotes in­tro­duc­tory two-flight pack­ages from $89.

The skydiving cen­tre is un­der con­struc­tion at Essendon Fields, the re­tail and busi­ness precinct on the air­port site.

Essendon Fields CEO Chris Cowan ex­pected the cen­tre to at­tract 300,000 visi­tors an­nu­ally in big tourism boost for the area.

Another iFLY cen­tre is due to open in Bris­bane later.

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In­door skydiving is com­ing.

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