iFLY’s state-of-the-art indoor wind tunnel lets acrophobic and aerophobic adrenaline junkies experience the sensations of skydiving under safe conditions. iFLY will suit you up with a helmet, goggles, flight suit, earplugs, and a can of gravity repellent, before an instructor teaches you the basic maneuvers and hand signals. Once you've learned a lesson, you'll be unleashed into the vertical tunnel’s artificial wind current for some air time at terminal velocity. The entire process lasts about an hour, including waiver signing (flyers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign), a 15-minute class, and a flight slot during which your group takes turns flying. In addition to the flight experience, the multimedia package includes one souvenir video.
Indoor skydiving is accessible to a wide, family-friendly age range, meaning that Grandma and Grandpa can celebrate their 60th anniversary with more than the traditional cake shaped like Andy Griffith. iFLY’s free observation deck allows for maximum show-offiness, so invite along an audience of hard-to-impress friends, lovers, and butlers to marvel at your simulated plummet through the heavens.
While it's not uncommon to share stories around a campfire, there's something special about the ones told at Dallas Skydive Center's fire pit. For one, most of them feature the storyteller's exploits 13,500 feet above the earth's surface. The fire pit is part of Dallas Skydive Center's 651-acre open landing area, which doubles as a campground where people hang out before and after their jumps.
The massive landing area and campground aren't the only things that set the center apart. It has also attracted an expert staff—all double-certified, multi-rated; pilots, parachute riggers, AFF instructors, base jumpers and examiners—hand selected by chief instructor Jimmy Mendonca, who has more than 12,000 dives under his parachute harness. Plus, it assuages some of the fears felt by first-time divers by employing the same tandem harnesses used by U.S. Special Forces and by never showing Hitchcock's The Birds. Skydivers just need to worry about what face they'll make during their mid-dive photo op.
Lone Star Parachute Center's U.S. Parachute Association–certified instructors really know their jumps—each has completed an average of more than 4,000 skydives apiece. The instructors' ample experience helps them to securely guide thrill-seekers during tandem jumps, solo skydives, and bouts of spontaneous levitation. While awaiting take-off, patrons can picnic in the observation area as they watch other jumpers land, gearing up for their own leaps or adding to their collection of candid cloud photos.
Dallas Skydiving teaches visitors how to turn the power of gravity into a safe, adrenaline-spiking thrill. Tandem jumps allow beginners to experience the sensation of free falling while safely harnessed to a highly
trained, professional instructor. Additionally, the staff offers opportunities for visitors to earn their skydiving certification over time or purchasing a video to immortalize a specific jump by capturing the entire experience with a helmet-mounted camera or a portrait painted by trained birds.
For nearly 30 years, Future Flight has unfurled its fleet of parachutes to send riders soaring through the open sky aboard lightweight two-person flying machines. Sky captains brief each patron during a preflight inspection and provide a few minutes of on-the-ground instruction on flying powered parachutes to ensure a safe and fun trip. The seasoned aviators then throttle up a rear propeller from the pilot's seat and rumble down the runway until the attached parachute swells with wind and lifts the craft into the air, sending pairs soaring above the Lake Lavon shoreline at altitudes of up to 1,000 feet. For patrons interested in amateur migration, Future Flight also runs training lessons for solo flying in sport-pilot and Far Part 103 Ultralight craft, and sells new and used vehicles and accessories.