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Paulipod  (B 1234)

Aug 23, 2005, 11:03 AM
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Well - its been 3 years for me... but today made the waiting worthwhile.

We have been flying in our tunnel, and am I pleased to say it performs as good in reality as we thought it would on paper.

The air was amazingly smooth, the power with great range.... and the excitment of our team incredible.

Here is a photo of Bernd having a play, we will take some good quality photos etc for the site in the next day or so.

Now - we are making our opening party on the 17th September and will be inviting people for a few preview flights before then. The opening party is by invitation only so email us if you want to be in for a ticket.

So hopefully we will get to share some air with you all soon.

ps
Please dont phone to book time etc yet - We will start accepting bookings next week.

http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/fly.jpg


tunnelfly

Aug 23, 2005, 11:20 AM
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Congrats !!!
Looks like Bernd loves it in there.
But I've never seen him so small in a tunnel !!!

I'm on the way....WinkWinkWink


mattjw916  (D License)

Aug 23, 2005, 11:48 AM
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Quote:
The waiting is over! - The worlds most expensive tunnel is flying

I fixed it for you... Tongue


Congrats. Wink


vt1977  (D License)

Aug 23, 2005, 1:10 PM
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Well I for one am very excited to see that picture!!!! Smile

Question - is there/is there going to be a mirror in there?

Vicki


Stumpy  (C 104288)

Aug 23, 2005, 2:52 PM
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wow - so excited CoolCool

Can't wait to get that first team training session!!!!


Unparagoned  (C 104563)

Aug 23, 2005, 2:55 PM
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Hi, I'm one of the winners of your competition. I can't wait to try out your wind tunnel, I'll see you on the 17th :)


GeordieSkydiver  (D 105023)

Aug 23, 2005, 3:41 PM
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ROCK ON!!!!


daniel_owen_uk  (Student)

Aug 24, 2005, 12:43 AM
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Congrats m8, got the email from bev last night (good to see you guys are working late ;)).

Looking forward to coming down to bedford for a play.


Newbie  (C License)

Aug 24, 2005, 1:07 AM
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Congrats! Smile

Looking forward to spending some time and money with you guysWink


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Aug 24, 2005, 5:50 AM
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Post more pics, Paul or I will ban you from the forum!Tongue Let's see it!

Chuck


ltdiver  (D 20506)

Aug 24, 2005, 7:50 AM
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Post more pics, Paul or I will ban you from the forum!Tongue Let's see it!

Chuck

But resize them so they don't fill -more- than the screen. I hate having to scroll around just to see the whole picture. Crazy

ltdiver


daniel_owen_uk  (Student)

Aug 24, 2005, 8:19 AM
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Change your settings in your browser so it fits pictures to screen.

Either that or buy a higher resolution screen :P


Paulipod  (B 1234)

Aug 24, 2005, 11:42 AM
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Ok Ok - threats get you results for sure Laugh although I am not sure there is a financial level to my being banned so dont even think about blackmail for tunnel time TongueLaughCool

Following snaps also for you (we are a little busy testing, erm ok - playing to setup anything too fancy but we have some good photo shoot bits planned for tomorrow)

http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/fly2.jpg
http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/fly3.jpg
http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/fly4.jpg

We will build an 8-way donut or something like tomorrow so that you can get a true perspective of the chamber size Wink


moretole  (Student)

Aug 24, 2005, 2:14 PM
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Congrats!

it looks massive!

Cant wait to try it out!


Mockingbird  (A 49146)

Aug 24, 2005, 9:37 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!Beer!


paraman1  (Student)

Sep 1, 2005, 12:50 PM
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Ok Ok -
Following snaps also for you (we are a little busy testing, erm ok - playing to setup anything too fancy but we have some good photo shoot bits planned for tomorrow)


http://www.bodyflight.co.uk/fly3.jpg

Wink

I'm not so sure i'm so keen on the tunnel now - it seems to be too strong and blows off one's clothing CoolSly


benforde

Sep 2, 2005, 7:34 PM
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the wait is over... Hey, that was my line!

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Paulipod  (B 1234)

Sep 3, 2005, 1:07 AM
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Ooopps ... well you know that they say about great minds etcCool

Besides - youve been using my line 'Worlds Largest' TongueWinkLaughLaugh Is that just 6 people you have in there? Tongue

Nice poster btw! wanna do one for us too?


Bodyflight.Net

Sep 3, 2005, 8:03 AM
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BFB - World's Largest Diameter Tunnel
SVA - America's Largest Diameter Tunnel
AAC - World's Tallest & ONLY Dual VWT (Horizontal & Vertical)


now that we have that straightCool

added: that I'm aware of.. there are no plans for anyone to go bigger than any of those listed... these 3 might retain their titles for a LONG time to come..


(This post was edited by Bodyflight.Net on Sep 3, 2005, 8:06 AM)


Paulipod  (B 1234)

Sep 3, 2005, 9:13 AM
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Laugh Still not convinced on the tallest bit... an open jet doesnt really have a height... and if we are talking about people flying to a max height I think Egypt or Zurich have an ability to throw people to similar distances into the air?

I'll let you the dual one - not sure that any other tunnels have a horizontal test section and a vertical... thats kinda unique for sure.

Just out of curiosity - is it actually used much? is there measurement equipment or rolls/balances in that area? (Damn starting to sound geeky again) Crazy

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Bodyflight.Net

Sep 3, 2005, 9:39 AM
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AAC's column extends over 100 feet from the nozzle.... I do believe that is a record. (ANDY how high do you think you fly in BFAG???)

They aren't using the horizontal section much at this point, but again, they haven't even had a grand opening yet, so there is much to do before they consider themselves 'complete and finished' and available. The most important part of that feature is that they can both be used simultaneously without affecting eachother.

When John & Phil spent their year in Switzerland, they certainly pushed the higher limits, but no one calculated how TALL that was then.. when I compare height of tunnels, I consider that until it diminishes from it's original diameter.. how do you calculate height on a tunnel without a roof?

Certainly when an L1 is contained in it's first skyscraper, the entier 100ft + column will be used.. but for now, that is just a drawing.

Here's a fun test... have a freeflyer dive from the top of the column as fast as he can.. John can get a 5 second delay in a head down dive from the top of the column.. that count begins when he turns completely vertical and begins the dive.. one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, four one thousand, five one thousand and he reaches the net..


Added: I also think SVC should win the title " Best Looking SkyVenture in the world" Smile It does look so nice!!!Smile


(This post was edited by Bodyflight.Net on Sep 3, 2005, 9:46 AM)


Bodyflight.Net

Sep 3, 2005, 9:51 AM
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Modified:

BFB - World's Largest Diameter & Most Horsepower Tunnel (houston has a 4k+hp motor on it's way)
SVA - America's Largest Diameter Tunnel & World's Largest on a DZ
AAC - World's Tallest & ONLY Dual VWT and Best View
SVC - World's Most aesthetically pleasing SkyVenture!!!

(disclaimer: these are my opinions only based on what I know and have seen)

all I can say for sure, is the tunnel world is alot brighter these days.. when I got started all we had were noisy, choppy, hot & oily portable tunnels with only 8-10' X 30' feet to fly in!!!SmileLaughSmile


(This post was edited by Bodyflight.Net on Sep 3, 2005, 9:53 AM)


Paulipod  (B 1234)

Sep 3, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Here's a fun test... have a freeflyer dive from the top of the column as fast as he can.. John can get a 5 second delay in a head down dive from the top of the column.. that count begins when he turns completely vertical and begins the dive.. one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, four one thousand, five one thousand and he reaches the net..

I cant do that - when someone transitions to a head down here we have the power on so they stay where they are SlyCoolLaughLaugh

Probably hard to say how high in Zurich - as they dont fly high power usually without the walls in place

And again - no way I could argue with the scenery or the view from the open jet playfield!

We are gonna have to arrange an exchange programme for staff... lol


Bodyflight.Net

Sep 3, 2005, 11:02 AM
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I cant do that - when someone transitions to a head down here we have the power on so they stay where they are


yes.. let's start an exchange program, sounds like fun.. and then John can teach your guys how to fly in high speed airWinkShockedWinkTongue..

ok, ok, I get your point, but if they can't dive it must be one of two things.. they can't fly like that in there yet or your air is too fast to fly in... I can't figure out why everyone want's such fast air?? It allows for more freedom to fly at lower speeds.. why is that a bad thing? And I can't fly with my friends at high speeds unless they wear weights and that sux.. it's just not something we prefer, but why does everyone else? It's not necessarily any EASIER to fly at high speeds, it's just different.
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ok wait..Crazy I forgot again.. everyone is attempting to simulate freefall.. THATs why they like the high speed air.. in that case I understand I guess.Smile


(This post was edited by Bodyflight.Net on Sep 3, 2005, 11:06 AM)


PurpleBadger

Sep 3, 2005, 11:11 AM
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surely you want the wind speed to be as similar in the tunnel to the speed you would be flying at in the sky for that particular dicipline?

we're sorted on the bellyflying front, but freeflying in the tunnels is it not better to try and have the high speeds so that you don't have to wear HUGE jumpsuits and also compromise the body position that you want to be using in freefall just so that you can get off the net?

granted tunnel instructors who are on the sharp end may not like the high speeds because they'll thow people out of control even faster with more force...


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