The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Glide to safely indoors with today's Groupon: for $37, you get the Earn Your Wings Package—which includes a training session, flight gear, personalized flight certificate, and assistance from a personal instructor ($59.95)—and two flights in iFly Hollywood's gravity-defying vertical wind-tunnel, plus a DVD of your session ($24.95). This Groupon is not valid on Saturdays.
iFly's technology, which is all-ages friendly, simulates the feeling of skydiving without plummeting toward the earth at 9.8 meters per second. iFly's wind-tunnel simulates skydiving by suspending you only a few feet off the ground sans parachute. This package gets you two flights in the tunnel—the time equivalent of three tandem-skydives—giving you plenty of time to practice your MJ-tribute moonwalk, rid the dust from your gaming cartridge, or pop the question to a significant other or a person who you'd like to make your significant other. The DVD lets you relive your tricks and maneuvers for years to come and your personalized flight certificate gets 2.5 hours of free valet parking. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
At iFLY, "indoor flying" means something way cooler than jumping on your bed at home. There are helmets involved. Here's how it works: you show up, suit up, and go through an orientation lesson with expert instructors before lifting off in an air column powered by a combined 1,600 horsepower worth of giant fans. The column is forceful enough to simulate the experience of dropping through the sky, even though flyers are just inches from the ground. As with outdoor skydiving, the flying experience lasts for about a minute but with the earn your wings package flyers get two flights, and may be able to execute turns and tricks at the instructor's discretion.
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