Saturday, October 17, 2015

Wind Tunnel Skydiving (part 1 of 2)

Let’s say you are afraid of heights. Does that mean you will never be able to skydive in your entire life? The answer is no because you can experience the thrill thanks to wind tunnel skydiving.

Wind tunnel skydiving allows people to fly in the air without the need to jump off from planes or put on a parachute. The machine used pushes the winds upward at about 120 miles per hour so it can push anyone off the ground.

There are two types of vertical wind tunnels.

The first is the outdoor vertical wind tunnel while the other is the indoor wind tunnel. The outdoor tunnels are smaller or portable making it easy to move from one venue to the other. The indoor tunnels are fixed in one place and because they either use recirculating or non-recirculating wind tunnels, these are ideal to use all year round even in places that have cold climates.

Wind tunnel skydiving is more popular among the masses because there is no chance that anyone will suffer a fatal accident. Those who operate it can control the wind speed from 80 to 120 miles per hour so the activity is in a controlled environment. Since it is a low impact activity, almost anyone can do it even if you are carrying a few extra pounds.

Regardless if the wind tunnel is indoor or outdoor, the motors that make it work are powered by either diesel or electricity. There is a control unit manned by an operator that can increase or decrease air speed depending on the size and skill level of the tunnel flyer.

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