Austin, Texas, July 19, 2012—Austin will be the first city in Texas to land an iFLY indoor skydiving facility, scheduled for opening in early 2013. iFLY Austin will be the 24th vertical wind tunnel built by Austin-based iFLY and will boast a 14′-diameter wind tunnel capable of speeds of up to 160 mph.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing iFLY, and the thrill of indoor skydiving, to our home town,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Stuart Wallock. “Austin is a perfect location, with a huge population of active, adventurous people that will find the experience invigorating.”
But you don’t have to be a daredevil to fly at iFLY. The experience of indoor body flight mimics the exact experience of free fall skydiving without the parachute or the risk. To date, almost five million customers worldwide have flown in the company’s wind tunnels ranging in age from 3 years to 93 years. Customers fly accompanied by a certified instructor and fly at their own level of comfort, from a few feet off the ground with basic belly flying to more aerial gymnastics maneuvers at greater heights based on level of experience.
The new iFLY indoor skydiving facility will be located at “Austinville” North retail center located on Highway 183 just a few miles north of the Arboretum. iFLY will neighbor with other family-friendly local businesses such as Amy’s Ice Creams, Phil’s Ice House and Sweet Ritual Bakery. Along with being a great family activity, iFLY indoor skydiving is also perfectly suited for team-building, children’s birthday parties and aerobic exercise that mixes right into Austin’s culture.
Wallock added, “iFLY Austin will be our seventh company-owned tunnel and the model for our future franchise locations in the US, Canada and the UK. We will utilize the Austin facility to launch our new flight school programs, photo and video technologies, and new operating software applications. We also plan on holding world-class competitions for the growing sport of indoor skydiving.”
iFLY Austin is the newest addition to the iFLY global franchise. It is highly themed as an entertainment attraction and represents the latest innovations in wind tunnel design, safety, efficiency and aesthetics. The recirculating model with patented active cooling for climate control is the most efficient wind tunnel design in the world. The tunnel is also outfitted with an automated, state-of-the-art HD photo and video recording system, letting customers take their flight experience home and share online with their friends.
iFLY is the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturer of vertical wind tunnels. Twenty-three iFLY tunnels currently operate in nine countries around the world, in commercial entertainment, professional skydiver training, and military training venues. iFLY’s unique designs, innovative technologies and well-known brands are patented and trademarked in over 138 countries.
The company has built and is building tunnels in the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Russia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy, France, Australia and Brazil. iFLY tunnels currently operate in some of the hottest deserts (four in UAE, one in Spain, one in Arizona), in the coldest regions (Moscow, New Hampshire & Montreal), and at some of the highest elevations (2300 meters above sea level in Malaysia) in the world.
iFLY: Stuart Wallock, 512.351.7767 x9200, firstname.lastname@example.org