I spent two years of my life trying to put one in Houston along with a few Indian Casino locations across the US.
With the help of SkyVenture, we lined up financing and ironed out the technical issues, but still couldn't come up with $1million in cash needed for the start up of the Houston facilitiy then had a rug pulled out from under me.
It is not easy. I have done all of the dues diligence and spent close to $75,000 of my own money in analysis, legal fees and pre-requisites to get one.
Best of luck to those who are interested and if someone wants to purchase my due diligence, it is for sale. The price tag will be $200,000 and will save them allot of time and money in doing the same due diligence which I have already done.
Oddly, I was driving to get my Rover serviced yesterday and the shop was directly across the highway from the new I-Fly Austin facility. The stucture itself looks almost totally complete. They still have a bit to go with finishing touches on the front of the building and the parking lot, etc. It doesn't look like they are going to have a lot of parking... It's RIGHT on the side of the highway.
I flew quite a bit of time yesterday and aside from a few glitches the tunnel itself is good to good. It is really nice. Tall glass, no seams, very smooth air and NOT air locked. Not sure how Alan did this but the anti chamber can be opened up and you can walk in and out while the fans are turning. January 15 is the big day. I'm not sure if anyone can fly now or what the deal is. I myself will be hitting it hard for the next 2 weeks. :)