In 2018, 250,000 people will discover and practice the sport of indoor skydiving in France, the art of flying your body in a vertical wind tunnel. The rapid growth for this amazing sport has led to an explosion of new facilities world-wide with over 20 now in France.
The French Parachuting Federation (FFP) is leading the drive to have indoor skydiving included in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The bid is supported by iFLY, the World leader in the sector who have built over 75 tunnels and have their flagship facility at La Villette in Paris.
On November 29th, FFP and iFLY will test a new competition format designed to appeal to spectators and TV audiences. In the clear glass tube measuring 4.5 meters in diameter and 14 meters high, teams of 4 athletes will compete against each other and the clock by flying pre-determined sequences with live judging for immediate results.
Manu Ars, head of iFLY France and World Championship skydiving medallist said: “Indoor skydiving is an extremely dynamic sport where athletes fly more than one formation per second. It makes a spectacular show in iFLY’s huge glass tube with teams taming the hurricane force windspeeds”.
He added “The benefit of the wind tunnel is that it makes the sport accessible to young people. Not only do we have junior champions, but we are the training ground for skydivers. For the first time, we can open up the sport to people with disabilities and Paralympians”.
After more than a year of work, the FFP - French Parachuting Federation- and its president, David Roth, closely linked to the International Aeronautical Federation, officially submitted an application to the organization committee for the Olympic Games, to propose windtunnel flying, through individual or team competitions, to be included in the additional disciplines of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
About iFLY Paris
iFLY is the World leader in indoor skydiving. They have built over 75 wind tunnels including the Paris tunnel at La Villette. iFLY Paris is located in Vill'Up within the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry). iFLY Paris is open 7 days a week from 9am to midnight, iFLY Paris teaches customers to fly in the highest glass tube in the World (14 meters high). The wind tunnel has 4 motors & fans of 600 HP each with a cooled airflow going up to 270 kph. iFLY Paris hosts more than 60,000 flyers every year, from general public to experienced sportsmen and women, able bodied and disabled, aged 5 to 105. Information, bookings and vouchers at www.iFLYfrance.com
iFLY partners have another tunnel in Lyon, are building in Aix en Provence and have announced a new site in Toulouse.
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