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Reading the interview with John Hart in Skydiving this month it looks like there is a new portable tunnel in the works and it will be hitting the road very soon with their demo team. Any one hear rumors of what design it is going to be?
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Hello everyone! I rarely make post but wish to inform everyone about the portable tunnel. There have been several great attempts to build portable tunnels for body flight. Unfortunately they have all been extremely loud and the air to violent to fly in.

For the past year the Fastrax project has employed Aero engineers from Wright State University and the University of Dayton to perform CFD studies for the perfect portable wind tunnel. After building and testing sesveral 1/8 scale models we found a design that will be quiet enough to park in a library parking lot and provide 150mph winds. The air column will be square providing a greater flying surface and will either be 11'x8' or 8'x10'. The quality of the air will be even and non turbulent allowing it to be used as a realistic training aid.

The tunnel itself should be on the road by March 1st premiering at several NASCAR events to promote our great sport. It will be stationed at our new training DZ Startskydiving.com at the Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio.

Blue Skies and hope to see you at the DZ.

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You know, there's something I've always wondered about portable tunnels: aside from your own good sense and a desire not to be a poster child for the Darwin principle, what's to stop a flyer from tracking/backsliding, etc. out of the column of air and going on the ground?

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Tunnel operators rarely allow a "newbie" to get high enough to leave the padded area around the tunnel. Other designs also have "chambers" that wont allow the flyer to leave the wind column.

Check the various tunnel designs at Dawn Suiters web page bodyflight.net.

Matt
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