Come fly with me
Thrill yourself at skydiving centre
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.