The roar of Music City Skydiving's plane quickly fades away as instructor and student, thoroughly strapped together, plummet downward. Plummet is an apt word; during the initial minute-long free fall dive, tandem divers reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Such velocity makes for a quick descent from the 14,000-foot starting point. The instructor pulls the parachute with plenty of time to spare, though, and the pair gets up to seven minutes to soak up middle Tennessee views as they drift to earth. Even first time divers get the chance to steer the parachute, riding the winds safely back to earth. The whole experience lasts somewhere around 10 minutes from leap to landing, but the instructors (experienced divers all) are always headed back up for another go.
SkyCab Balloon Promotions is a full service hot air balloon company situated in Louisville, KY that has been in operation for more than 20 years. The company prides itself on its perfect safety record and its strong local roots, operating by its motto "Buy local, fly local".
Patrons can soar over the Kentucky countryside at heights reaching up to 3,000 feet in one of SkyCab's hot air balloons. The whole experience last approximately two to three hours, while the ride itself last 45–60 minutes and ends with a traditional celebratory toast of wine, sparkling grape juice, or the tears of jealous birds.
Skydive Kentucky with a BBB rating of A+, encourages customers to jump out of airplanes—but only in pursuit of a heart-pumping adrenaline rush. The skydive outfitter— ranked #5 in top drop zones in the nation by Dropzone— offers tandem, solo, and accelerated freefall jumps from up to 18,000 feet above the ground. Instructors train and expect customers to pull their ripcord and about 80% of clients can do so without any prompting from their instructor. Skydive trains their students to do as much as reasonable on their first tandem jump. Whether a seasoned veteran, a nervous first-timer, or a bird that wants bragging rights among his flock, Skydive Kentucky can guide thrill-seekers on an exciting yet safe descent back to earth.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Jumping from a plane may be the easiest way to achieve the ultimate adrenaline rush, other than giant-tortoise racing. The folks at Skydiving Nashville are there to help heft you out of the open door and usher you back down to the ground—in between, there's up to 60 seconds of free fall and speeds that can reach 120 mph. First-timers ascend to approximately 10,000 feet before jumping out of the plane, speedily descending toward the earth below while strapped into specially designed harnesses with their instructor. The chute is pulled at around 5,000 feet, at which point pairs glide down to their marked landing spot.
From their drop zone in Waverly, Music City Skydiving has a scenic aerial view unlike any in all of Tennessee. Just 10 miles away is the mighty Tennessee River, which stretches from horizon to horizon, and majestic Kentucky Lake. After a short training session participants fly to 14,000 feet in one of the fastest, most comfortable jump ships in the country, and jump attached to an experienced tandem instructor. At 5,000 feet the parachute opens and all goes quiet as jumpers float down in awe of the spectacular view.