An international project to support the development of wind tunnel flying as and activity suitable for people with disabilities.
In years 2020 – 2022, Hurricane Factory Prague participated in the international project #Windtunnel Handifly (#WH). It was a project organized by the French Parachuting Federation (FFP) with the support of the EU Erasmus +, aiming to support the development of flying in a wind tunnel, or so called indoor skydiving, as an activity suitable for people with disabilities.
For more information go to: https://www.ffp.asso.fr/
Hurricane Factory Prague collaborated on the project also with Cesta za snem (Journey to a dream), Sportovní klub vozíčkárů Praha (Praue Wheelchair Sports Club), Poděbrady Special Elementary School, Centrum Paraple, UK FTVS and other organizations, to whom we are very grateful.
As part of the first part of the project, more than a hundred people with disabiulities in the Czech Republic and thousands of people with disabilities in Europe had the opportunity to try flying in a wind tunnel.
In the second part, selected persons with disabilities were allowed to practice flying as a sport and in May 2022 they competed in the first international indoor skydiving competition for flyers with disabilities in Marseille, France.
As part of the preparation of the Czech representatives for the competition in France and in cooperation with the organizers of #WH, Hurricane Factory Prague organized a simplified version of the competition for flyers with disabilities on the occasion of the 8th Open Championship of the Czech Republic or Czech Open in January 2022. The event was attended by experienced flyers who have already trained long-term and regularly in our tunnel, as well as beginners who only practiced flying for a few tens of minutes before the event.
Here are some videos:
Because Hurricane Factory Prague wants to continue to support the flying of people with disabilities and the #WH project, the #WH discipline will again be included in the program at the 9th Open Championship of the Czech Republic. This time, larger and even foreign participation is expected.