FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You have discovered an unusual, adrenaline and after all safe sport and fun for everyone! Come and try the feeling of freefall securely at a wind tunnel, at a comfortable height and constant supervision of professional instructors.
1. WHAT IS THE WIND TUNNEL?
The wind tunnel is an indoor skydiving simulator that generates continuous air flow with a speed up to 270 km/h and thus it lets you experience the sensation of a flight using only your body.
1a. CAN ANYONE FLY REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE AND HEALTH CONDITION?
No, people that fall under any of these categories CAN’T fly in the wind tunnel:
- children younger than 5 years
- pregnant women
- people with shoulder joint problems (danger of luxation)
- people under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- people with heart and blood circulation disorders
- people with back strain, spine disorders and any other injuries in general
2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Hurricane Factory Prague is recirculating vertical wind tunnel. Four large fans provide laminar air flow which will lift you up and allow you to fly.
3. CAN I BUY A GIFT VOUCHER?
Yes. You can do that either on our websites or at the reception.
4. WHO CANNOT FLY?
Those who cannot fly are children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, and those who are not healthy – mainly those who suffer any acute spine and joint injury (in particular shoulder injury), moreover those who suffer from any ailments, such as heart attack, nerve ilness and likewise. Those who are under the influence of alcohol and other addictive and psychotropic substances are not allowed to fly either.
5. DO MINORS (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD) NEED ANY AUTHORIZATION?
Yes. Persons under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and have an authorization signed by their guardian or legal representant. The authorization is available on this website. The accompanying adult will be responsible for the authenticity of the authorization and the signature.
6. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME FOR FLYING?
You’ll need lace-up trainers, comfortable clothes under the overall and especially good mood.
7. WILL I BE ALONE IN THE FLIGHT CHAMBER?
No. An experienced instructor will be with you in the flight chamber during the whole flight. This way he can help you with a correct body position as well the movements of the legs and arms.
8. CAN THE FLYING BE INTERRUPTED?
Anytime! Your instructor can signal the operator for immediate interruption of the flight or for speed reduction.
9. HOW HIGH CAN I FLY IN THE WIND TUNNEL?
The skydiving simulator Hurricane Factory Prague is 4,3 m wide and 14 m high. After the acquisition of certain skills you can fly all the way to the height of the 12 meters.
10. HOW CAN I CONTROL HEIGHT OF FLYING?
Our instructors will show you basic movements how to control the flight yourself. Soon you will learn how to change the height of your flight with your body movement.
11. DOES THE AIR FLOW IN THE SIMULATOR HAVE ALWAYS THE SAME SPEED?
Air speed depends on the weight of flyer and his/her body position. The average speed in the wind tunnel is around 180km/h. Operator controls the speed of air flow depending on the flyer, who is in the flight chamber. Air speed is lower for flyers with less weight and higher for those who are heavier. And it is lower for flying in the basic position and higher for positions as backfly, sitfly and headdown. Professional flyers work in speeds up to 270 km/h.
12. HOW WILL I GET TO INTO THE AIR FLOW?
All flyers can get to the air flow through the door on bottom of the flight chamber and simply lean on to the air current. Our instructor will help you with entering the chamber. You will feel how the air flow sustains your body and you will be flying.
13. CAN I FREELY BREATHE IN SUCH STRONG AIR CURRENT?
In general, people do not have problems with breathing in strong air current. However, in (very unlikely) case of breathing problems, it can be solved with the use of a fullface helmet.
14. DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
We provide all the necessary equipment – the flightsuit, helmet and googles. The temperature of the air in flight chamber is not dependant on the outdoor temperature. For that reason no special clothes is required under the flightsuit. Any clothes not limiting your movements are suitable.
15. IS IT POSSSIBLE TO GET A VIDEO FROM MY FLYING?
Of course! There is a video system integrated in the wind tunnel. Every flight is recorded and saved for a maximum period of 7 days. You can buy a DVD or USB with the record of your flying at the reception.
16. CAN I TAKE MY OWN CAMERA TO THE WIND TUNNEL?
Yes, but not into the flight chamber. Your companions can take the footage of you flying through the glass of the flight chamber.
17. WHAT HAPPENS IF WHILE FLYING MY SHOES, WATCH, RING OR CAR KEYS FLY AWAY?
The objects which have flown away can be damaged or completely destroyed. In a worse case its parts will continue to fly in the air flow and hit you in a great speed when returning to the flight chamber. Also, it could damage the ventilators of the wind tunnel. Because of all that, if such a thing occures, your flight will be quit immediately. Please keep on mind that a wind tunnel is very expensive facility and do not bring any objects into the flight chamber except the suit, helmet, google and shoes with shoelaces well tied.
18. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SKYDIVING AND FLYING IN THE WIND TUNNEL?
While flying in the tunnel, you don’t experience the sensation of falling, only flying. Also, you do not need to be strapped to the instructor and let him control all the movements. In the tunnel, the instructor guides you, helps you and makes sure everything is safe, but once you are able to fly on your own, you are let to do so.
19. HOW LONG CAN I FLY IN THE TUNNEL?
The flight in the tunnel requires considerable efforts. The whole body works and it means that the muscles get tired. Even two minutes of the flight are an unforgettable experience. For beginning we recommend packages of 3 – 6 minutes. In case of people without any training it is not reasonable to extend the whole time of flight to more than 20 minutes a day. The professional flyers often fly more than one hour a day.
20. HOW MUCH TIME DO INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES TAKE?
The time of flying is usually divided to 1,5 – minute entries. However they can be shorter or longer, depending on the physical condition of the flyer and the type of the training.
21. IS IT POSSIBLE TO FLY IN THE TUNNEL WITH MORE THAN ONE PERSON AT THE SAME TIME?
Experienced flyers can fly together in groups of up to 6 people. The beginners can fly only together with their instructors until they learn how to control their movements in the air flow.
22. WHAT IF I GET OUT OF CONTROL?
Even experienced flyers are never alone in the tunnel. Our instructores are always either in the flight chamber or antechamber and they are trained especially for these situations so they will always be able to help you.
23. WILL WIND TUNNEL HELP ME TO LEARN SKILLS FOR SKYDIVING?
The flying in the wind tunnel is in many aspects very similar to skydiving. For example, the body movements and positions. Therefore it can help you to go easier through your skydiving AFF course and then significantly speed up your skydiving skills learning process.
24. CAN I FLY WITH MY OWN SUIT AND HELMET?
Yes. All the experienced flyers can use their own equipment. However, it is not possible to fly with any camera.
25. WHAT IS HIGH FLY?
In case of stable flying, on spot, our instructors offer clients to add for a fee a so-called High Fly. It is a twisting flight through a tunnel several meters up and down. The instructor holds the flyer securely throughout the whole maneuver. The vast majority of flyers consider this to be the high point of the whole experience, which is why also we recommend adding this extra adrenaline.
26. CAN I FLY AS A MINOR UNACCOMPANIED BY LEGAL GUARDIANS?
In order for minors to be allowed to participate in wind tunnel flying, they are required to be accompanied by a responsible legal representative or a person to whom a minor was temporarily entrusted. Also, the responsible adult is required to sign a declaration and consent to the activity on site.
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