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Indoor Skydiving: United Kingdom: Airkix Manchester
Average Rating:5

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Address:
9 Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village
Manchester
United Kingdom

Contact:
0161 359 3864
mikeh@airkix.com
http://www.airkix.com/  (2999 Hits)

Technical:
Height: 39 feet
Diameter: 14 feet
Speed: 180 mph


Tunnel Type:
Indoor

Gear Requirements:
Flight suit, helmet and goggles supplied

Age Restrictions:
Participants must be at least 4 years old.

Trading Hours:
Weekdays: 10:00 - 23:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 23:00

Walk-Ins:
No



Description:


Airkix Manchester is located next to the Chill Factore indoor ski slope, opposite the Trafford Centre. We are approximately 10 miles from Manchester International Airport and less than four miles from Manchester city centre. There is also an Italian restaurant on-site.

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Rated by: adamUK on Apr 14 2014 12:32PM

A smooth, powerful tunnel with great staff and a great vibe. 
Pros: Powerful tunnel, great staff, coaches on site.
Cons: Available suits are poor quality.

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This is my home tunnel. It's a 14ft skyventure unit. Airkix were once independent but have been bought out by iFly.

Upsides:
It's a really powerful unit with a smooth airflow. I think it's a 1600hp (i.e 1.2MW) tunnel.

There are team rooms with monitors which are useful to review footage.

The staff are super-friendly. It's a great vibe and they're very welcoming. There are some really good coaches and most people are signed off L4 instructors for all those tricky spotting duties.

The tunnel rates are good (certainly comparable to US tunnels despite 20% VAT in the UK). For regulars they have super user accounts which offer great rates and there's no monthly fee like other iFly tunnels.

They'll give you rotations (i.e. 2 mins in 2 mins out) even if you're the only person in the tunnel.

The Trafford Centre's just close by which has everything retail plus great places to eat and stay.

Manchester airport is 15 minutes away. It's just off the M60 so the transport links are really good.

Downsides:
If you want footage you have to get a DVD. For pro-flyers it's free but most other tunnels you just give them your memory stick and they copy it over. It means you have to rip the dvd to your pc when you get home.

If you have to use the tunnel suits they're low quality and not worth flying in. They don't last long. One size fits most... i.e. no matter what size you try on, it won't fit!!

Other stuff:
<deleted>There's some vending machines but the coffee's terrible! They're opening up a bistro on site though soon (late Spring 2014)</deleted>
<edited_to_add>An italian bistro has been installed right at the viewing area. This is run by an external company that also has a restaurant in Manchester and is excellent</edited_to_add>

Walk-in's are allowed (despite the details held by dz.com) but don't expect the tunnel to be free. It's very busy! It books up usually 2 weeks in advance.

Summary:
All in all a smooth, powerful tunnel with great staff and a great vibe.

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