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Zep  (D 9022)

Sep 17, 2007, 12:16 PM
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Published today in El Periodico (Catalan newspaper) that in two months Empuria Brava (Catalunya) will start construction on the biggest
tunnel in the world at a cost of 7.5million euros, Seems it already has a waiting list of 15 months.
Better start booking your slots now.


Premier Remster  (C License)

Sep 17, 2007, 1:21 PM
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These things are popping out like dandelions!


psipike02  (B 29211)

Sep 17, 2007, 1:48 PM
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I've been looking for another reason to come to Spain, other than living there and practicing my spanish of course...

Now this does it.....I gotta get there now...


NeedToJump  (D 27247)

Sep 17, 2007, 3:01 PM
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Do you have any more information about the tunnel itself? What kind of tunnel, how big, how powerful?


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Sep 18, 2007, 3:26 AM
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Article here

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Empuria brava empezará la obra del túnel del viento en 2 meses

• El moderno simulador de caída libre estará acabado en el año 2009

• El proyecto prevé una zona deportiva dedicada al paracaidismo

Proyecto del complejo deportivo y de ocio dedicado al paracaidismo.

Las obras del simulador de caída libre del aeródromo de Empuriabrava ya tienen fecha de inicio. El Ayuntamiento de Castelló d'Empúries ha anunciado que el consistorio ya ha recibido el proyecto del complejo deportivo y de ocio dedicado al paracaidismo, por lo que dentro de dos meses se otorgará la licencia de obras para que empiecen los trabajos. La empresa promotora, Skydair, asegura que cuando la instalación esté acabada, a principios del 2009, será la más moderna del mundo.
El túnel del viento se compone de una cabina transparente, de cuya base sale proyectado un chorro de aire vertical de gran potencia, que oscila entre una velocidad de 180 y 250 kilómetros por hora. Este flujo permite que las personas que están en el interior de la cabina floten en el vacío, ya que genera de forma artificial las mismas condiciones que experimenta un paracaidista en un salto de caída libre.

ABIERTO AL PÚBLICO
En la actualidad hay cuatro simuladores de este tipo en todo el mundo, utilizados en su mayor parte por los equipos de paracaidismo deportivo para llevar a cabo los entrenamientos. El túnel de Empuriabrava marcará la diferencia porque, además de ser el más grande, estará abierto al gran público.
El alcalde de Castelló, Salvi Güell, explicó que, tras la puesta en marcha del simulador --que contará con una cafetería y un edificio de servicios--, está prevista una segunda fase en la que se ampliarán las instalaciones para construir un gran complejo de ocio y deportivo centrado en el paracaidismo. Dispondrá de una piscina y un hotel y, en palabras de sus promotores, "convertirá a Empúries en la capital de este deporte".

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Brave Empuria will begin the work of the tunnel of the wind in 2 months? The modern simulator of free fall will be finished in 2009 The project anticipates a sport zone dedicated to the parachuting

Project of the sport complex and leisure dedicated to the parachuting.

the works of the simulator of free fall of the aerodrome of Empuriabrava already have date of beginning. The City council of Castelló d'Empúries has announced that consistorio already has received the project of the sport complex and leisure dedicated to the parachuting, reason why within two months will grant the work license so that the works begin. The promotional company, Skydair, assure that when the installation is finished, at the beginning of the 2009, she will be most modern of the world. The tunnel of the wind is made up of a transparent cabin, whose base it leaves projected a vertical air jet of great power, that oscillates between a speed of 180 and 250 kilometers per hour. This flow allows that the people who are inside the cabin float in the emptiness, since generates of artificial form the same conditions that a parachutist in a jump of free fall experiences.

OPENED To the PUBLIC
At the present time there are four simulators of this type anywhere in the world, used to a large extent by the equipment of sport parachuting to carry out the training. The tunnel of Empuriabrava will mark the difference because, in addition to being greatest, he will be open to the great public. The mayor of Castelló, Salvi Güell, explained that, after the beginning of the simulator -- that will count on a cafeteria and a building of services --, is predicted one second phase in which the facilities will be extended to construct to a great complex of leisure and sport trim in the parachuting. It will have a swimming pool and a hotel and, words of its promoters, "will turn to Empúries the capital of this sport".

They already have a website with what looks to be an information registration form and another artists impression of the structure.
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Zep  (D 9022)

Sep 18, 2007, 11:04 AM
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In reply to:
Do you have any more information about the tunnel itself? What kind of tunnel, how big, how powerful?

Here ya go.




The world’s largest vertical wind tunnel is designed at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Castelldefels.
The freefall simulator will be built close to Empuriabrava airport (Alt Empordà). Promoted by Voralcel S.L., it will be the first of this kind in Spain and will be marketed as Skydair.
An aerodynamics research team from Escola Politècnica Superior de Castelldefels (EPSC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), has designed the world’s largest vertical windtunnel for skydivers’ training. This freefall simulator, promoted by Voralcel S.L., will be built close to Skydive Empuriabrava, the largest skydiving center in Europe with more than 120.000 jumps a year. The research team, leaded by Prof. Daniel Crespo, designed an 8-meter-high and more than 5-meter-diameter flight zone to simulate the skydiver’s freefall. The airflow, produced by six turbines, can produce an upwards air speed between 180 and 250 km/h. The drag force produced by the air is enough to balance the skydiver weight, who feels weightless. The simulator will be built close to Empuriabrava airport (Castelló d’Empúries, Girona) and will be marketed as Skydair, probably after 2008. The design made at EPSC allows the simultaneous flight of up to eight people. The main research task was to optimize the aerodynamics inside the tunnel in order to reduce the power consumption, in a range between 600 kW and 2 MW depending on the desired air speed. Passive and active safety measures were also designed, including several elastic nets, presence sensors in the upper section and a system to avoid a sudden fall in case of unexpected power interruption. This installation, the first of this kind to be built in Spain, is designed mainly for skydivers training, both beginners and experts. On the one hand, the wind tunnel allows beginners to get used to the freefall and learn how to control their body behaviour in a controlled environment and under the supervision of a trainer. Additionally, expert skydivers can use the wind tunnel to practice elaborated figures that they will execute afterwards in the sky. As a training system, it is more convenient and cheaper than jumping from an airplane, and the training time is shorter. Besides, the installation offers a performance higher than the existing installations in Paris, Bedford (United Kingdom), and Orlando or Perris Valley (USA). Moreover, the wind tunnel will be open to general public, for entertainment of those who want to experience freefall at first-hand. Several companies around the world, from South Africa, Emirates, the Czech Republic and Asia, have shown their interest in this design. This is the first research project carried out at EPSC, the only Engineering School in Catalonia that specialises in Air Navigation.


MB38  (A 48618)

Sep 19, 2007, 9:19 PM
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Five meters? Nice...


nigelh  (D 101473)

Sep 21, 2007, 6:23 AM
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www.skydair.com

Lady in the tunnel office recons work starts in a few weeks,

Nigel


MartinOlsson  (D 13229)

Dec 12, 2008, 4:28 PM
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Anyone got news?


nigelh  (D 101473)

Jan 19, 2009, 2:59 AM
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No update still......
Nothing has happened at all!!


Anta  (C 105088)

Jan 19, 2009, 6:49 AM
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It's Spain; manana manana!


jurgencamps  (D License)

Jan 28, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I was told that:
The electricity company says that their network is not "strong" enough and that the owners of the windtunnel have to pay these additional costs for adapting the network.

So, for the moment it is to expensive to build and exploit the tunnel.


BMFin

Jan 28, 2009, 3:09 AM
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In reply to:
I was told that:
The electricity company says that their network is not "strong" enough and that the owners of the windtunnel have to pay these additional costs for adapting the network.

So, for the moment it is to expensive to build and exploit the tunnel.

All these rumours. Tongue

I was told this was the case earlier, but at the time they announced they are starting the building process, it was said that the problem with the electric grid is solved.

Who knows ? mañana, mañana... Laugh


vadimuskoro  (C 177376)

Jan 10, 2010, 5:39 AM
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Does anyone know Skydair fate now days?

Do they launch it or it doesnt make sence since skyventure already installed a couple of 16ft tunnels for 5ml$(roumers say) .


nigelh  (D 101473)

Jan 23, 2010, 11:33 AM
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The Skydair office has gone from the DZ Car Park, It went at the end of the summer,
I think the company still exists though because I got a Christmas E-card from them!


tunnelfly

Aug 7, 2012, 3:57 AM
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Picture from last Thursday.
Will it be up and running for the x-mas boogie...?
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Premier Remster  (C License)

Aug 7, 2012, 8:52 AM
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Where is it, in relation to the DZ?


piisfish

Aug 7, 2012, 8:58 AM
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they had to knock off one of the bunkhouses.
so I would say crawling distance, even for me Laugh


Premier Remster  (C License)

Aug 7, 2012, 9:10 AM
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Niiiiiice!

We'll have to bring our asses back there one day.. We loved that DZ even before the windy tube!


tunnelfly

Aug 7, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Yep, it's right next to the car park. Once you parked your car, you'll reach it faster than the manifest...


piisfish

Aug 8, 2012, 1:38 AM
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In reply to:
Yep, it's right next to the car park. Once you parked your car, you'll reach it faster than the manifest...
or the go-kart Laugh

but that also means that there is no more swimming pool. No more brit chicks breaking the ice at Xmasboogie for a quick midnight skinny dipping Unsure


Badabing

Aug 9, 2012, 1:33 PM
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Maybe they'll put a whirpool on top like in Prague :))


tunnelfly

Sep 5, 2012, 3:30 PM
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Test flying is on. Check out http://www.facebook.com/windtunnelempuriabrava for video...


nigelh  (D 101473)

Dec 8, 2012, 6:22 AM
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It's open

http://www.windoor-realfly.com/



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