The story I heard a number of years ago was that they were looking for investors. Decent-sized minimum outlay per investor (I think it was in the 1/2-1M range), with a capped profit potential (10-15%), and no cap on the potential loss.
Didn't sound like a good deal then, and it still wouldn't.
That was several rumored tunnels ago, though. I have no idea what has happened since then.
There is a portable for sale in florida for $120 k ... needs engines upgraded and a couple of other things,... aprox another 100 K, and it would be an excellent tunnel... 135+ mph, very smooth, ... It does not take millions to have a tunnel. It's called the gemini 1, look for it on bodyflight network.
AggieDave, the Gemini 1 is a completely different design than the tunnel that was based in Houston. And for the record, mobile windtunnels are not made for skydivers, they are made for non-skydivers to play in and have fun. It bothers me when people say they suck when a skydiver is trying to compare a $200k mobile tunnel to a $5mil fixed tunnel. This is an excellent example of apples and oranges. I worked at the tunnel in Houston and I can honestly say I had a blast and brought more smiles to little kids faces. It was very rewarding.
Aggie Dave, you are so far beyond being trained you would not learn anything from any tunnel. And to state a fact, the tunnel in Houston actually helped several skydivers not only pass thier AFF course but also helped a few become better and more informed flyers. It seems you are one of the many brain washed people that think you cant learn anything unless you are flying in a skyventure tunnel. I myself learned quite a bit about what the body has the capability to do in freefall from that little tunnel.
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I can honestly say I had a blast and brought more smiles to little kids faces. It was very rewarding.
I have no doubt. It still doesn't provide the jumper community with a trainable tunnel that can also bring smiles to little kid's faces.
Now if you could come up with a tunnel for canopy training, then you'd bring a big smile to this fat little kid's face!
After all this time, I think the most likely way for Texas to get a tunnel is for all Texas jumpers and DZOs to go in on lottery tickets, and when they hit the big one () use the winnings to build a tunnel.