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    Russian paratroopers

    Do you mean this one?
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    Newbie checking in

    It seems that you have flown for a while since we last spoke! How is your progression?
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    Newbie checking in

    Blouberg, how did it go with a new suit and a new helmet?:)
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    Optimal flight time for learning

    I agree with everyone who commented, it all depends on your goal, your body and ability to process. If I do 5 day camp, I like to mix 30/45 minutes per day to give my body chance sometimes to rest. I always prefer 15 mins sessions 6x2:30. However, if I do one day per month after work type of flying, then I’d prefer 2x10 mins sessions, as I get too tired after work to do more. Having a coach makes a lot of difference, so definitely agree with that advice too:)
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    Newbie checking in

    Welcome blouberg! Nice videos! Always great to see someone new who is hooked on flying as much as you are wait and see when you start backflying, and then transitions too. For me to do my first half barrel roll was something more than amazing;) building strength and stretching is super important as want2doit said, and don’t forget to warm up before you get into the tunnel too. You are super lucky to have a tunnel so close by! It takes me 2 hours one way to get there... but maybe it’s good, otherwise I’d spend too much Time there.... hehe what suit did you go for?
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    How to speed up HD progress?

    Hi wind tunnel friends, I have been trying out head down flying for quite a few months few minutes here and there, but only recently I made it my goal to progress. I got comfortable on low speeds on the net, but the moment the speed go up, I really struggle to keep strong arms and legs, so have no idea how I can lift without a support from a coach.... I do have a rather weak body, even though I swim, go to the gym, do yoga... I can’t pull up or push up.... I am trying, and work with personal trainer, but I do think it will take me months before I become stronger. And I don’t want to spend months on the net :)) oh and I can only do shelf, I can’t even keep balanced in Duffy, and I am not even trying anymore:)) any ideas? Suggestions? What can I do to progress quicker? Thanks!
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    Longest time spent in tunnel without breaks.

    Agree with everyone, most I ever did is 15 mins in 30 mins session, 2,5 minutes x 6 session is my preferred set up. I did 5 hours in 5 days tunnel boot camp last year, which was tough for the body. Now I prefer not to do more than 30 mins per day, usually splitting it into two goes with at least 1 hour break in between them.
  8. Btw, I am also from UK, Wizz Air flies from London Luton directly to Poprad, Slovakia. From there it is just 1 hour train ride which costs about €7 and €3 taxi cost from train station to the tunnel! So cheap!
  9. Hi philh, I would highly recommend Hurricane Factory Tatralandia in Slovakia. You can stay in Tatralandia Holiday village right next door which also has access to aqua park. I was there already twice for coaching camps and going again end May! Can not wait!! It is becoming my home tunnel, though some 2000 miles away from my home:)) All instructors in the tunnel speak English very well. I would highly recommend Ivan Farbak as a coach, he also has usually good deal for time+coaching. I believe it is €550 per hour. But you can also buy direct time with the tunnel, let me know if you would be interested and I can give you some contacts. Whilst you are there, if you would rent a car, you can also do hikes in the mountains. There is a lake close by to the tunnel (10 mins walk), I swam there in September last year after a day in a tunnel, a great way to cool down:)
  10. Hi jarrko not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I found these in the past And hope this help.
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    Are Ifly encouraging bad body position?

    Hi Paul, I’d say you have at least two more options, before you bury the tunnel flying for good. First, go to Bedford BodyFlight instead, they are more flexible and catering for skydivers (remember iFly is mainly catering for first timer fun, while BodyFlight is a skydiving tunnel). Another option if Bedford is not easy to get to, go for AFF coach. They will be with you in the tunnel and deciding on the speed, etc. And they will be concentrating on correct body position too. Good luck!
  12. Haha I think that will be me with head down. I think I already did at least 30 mins HD and I only lifted once for 5 seconds while two instructors were holding me everywhere Ahahah :))) I think it depends on drop zone plus it has been years ago, things change! :)) Speed skiing is a good idea of course :)))
  13. For me sitfly was all about the back, but my back and the rest of me is actually hyper mobile, so it is an advantage:)) this is my first sitfly attempt at around 4 hours of flying. and this was 10 hour mark, so an improvement, but not sure if it is quick enough or not.:))) I stopped comparing myself to kids long ago....... they are way too good and learn too quick hehe the only question I ever have is who are they parents and how they can afford it :)) Skydiving is not on an agenda at the moment :))) but everyone tells me I should do it :))) I had a few static line jumps when I was 14 (no free fall), I was part of drop zone and had to even pack my own canopy before every jump. So I know the atmosphere and experience of soaring under the Shute... so I don’t feel huge attraction to do it again:))) I’d rather ski;)
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    Are Ifly encouraging bad body position?

    Paul, I am sad to hear about your experience. I’ve been flying at Milton Keynes for a year now and never had any issues, but I was a complete newbie and started with the position they told me to, I didn’t mind as I didn’t know any better. It took a while for me to stop flying with straight legs, and I suppose if you don’t want to become a tunnel rat, you don’t want to spend that long on relearning. I know one thing for sure, I had tons of fun, straight legs or not and really liked the instructors at MK who know how to pump up your enthusiasm. Moving now between different tunnels and coaches, I noticed that first 2-4 mins they always spend on basics to test your skills before they give you higher speed. It is like skiing... a ski instructor will never take you to black slope without first testing your skills on blue, no matter what you say your experience is. They call in “let’s warm up”:) I wish you’d try it again, and go for 10 minutes at least, it will make a huge difference too!
  15. Airhunger, I am not a skydiver, so all my experience is pure in the tunnel. I did hear that sitfly is easier if you don’t use your strength. I saw a couple of guys once who could sitfly and standfly after 5 hours total and they were super strong with huge biseps. But they didn’t look controlled or graceful. So while it made me feel like I didn’t progress as quick as them, I realised that my skills are more refined:))) Did it take you 3 hours to sit still or also move up/down/sideways? Sideways was the hardest for me. I am trying to figure out one leg stretched sitfly now.... I can’t get it and my leg doesnt want to bend the way coach wants me to bend it haha you definitely didn’t start late, I am few more years older:)
  16. I only did 12 hours, I have signed off IBA level 1,2,3 after 8 hours, while also exploring all level 3 dynamic moves. Good with belly face in carving too:) By 10 hour I could comfortably sitfly carve, comfortable with help of a coach to do back to belly layouts and a bit less so with belly to back layouts. I was okay with back in face carving but at slow speed, getting there with knee flying and outface carving. I also did about 20 mins Head down by then, but I struggled a lot... I still do and I only lifted once for a few seconds with help of a coach and a spotter.... so that will be a long road for me. I found it hard to compare to other flyers, I was eager to learn quick, but other who had more physic did learn certain things quicker. I had to learn to fly (especially sitfly) without using my arms as they are weak... hehe
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    Windtunnel at DZ Krutitcy Russia

    You need speed for dynamic flying:)
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    Windtunnel at DZ Krutitcy Russia

    Friend of mine was there just in January and loved it! Coaches speak English well enough and I had heard the atmosphere was lovely Though I am not sure how much dynamic flying you can learn in 9 ft tunnel....:))) but it is just me:)
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    Looking for Wind Tunnel Suit

    Hi, try this one their suits are €155 + VAT and they ship worldwide. they are also quite good at adjusting the sizes. My partner and I both have suits from them. Really great quality and looks too:)
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    How long to wait before starting back fly?

    That’s awesome news that you started back flying, and video looks great too! Some good moves, very controller! I remember my first attempt was all over the place. Wan2doit have a good tip for sure, it’s so important to keep your head back when you start... there will be time once you progressed further when it won’t matter that back for backflying and you can be sloppy.... but most of dynamic flying needs a good handle on the head position:) check here my bad head position hehe... from 00:48 I miss tunnel so much.... I’d be in New York next Monday/Tuesday and was thinking of visiting the tunnel, but it is quite far away from Manhattan and maybe I should spend time exploring the city and not thinking only about flying ahahaha
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    Questions about tunnels

    Thanks NWPoul, good to know! How busy does it get there during the day? Do you usually have empty slots or it is pretty booked up?
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    Questions about tunnels

    Thanks alex1159 for the info. Do you know if there is a time limit on the hours you buy? So if I'll buy 10 hours, can I use it within 2 months or I have to use it within 2 weeks (i.e. 1 hour of flying per day?) Yes, I have heard that electricity prices are cheap in Russia, plus the general cost (salaries, accommodation, food) is cheaper too.
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    How long to wait before starting back fly?

    I can agree with your fiancé, I not big fun of a skydiving idea yet either, why risk your life if you can enjoy the free fall in the tunnel with minimal risk (excluding risk of injury of course). Hey, don’t worry about body strength, it helps, but as I said I have non and still able to sit fly well:) What I mean about the suit is that if your suit is loose on your body it help your lift, watch your videos how suit flaps around your legs and arms and it has more surface to lift you, and help you when turning and side sliding. If you check my other videos on my channel you’ll see I have changed the suit when I got mine and the skills I could do well (backflying) was all over the place in a new suit. Because the new one was so tight in comparison it didn’t help me fly, I had to relearn how to do it with my body only. Hope it makes sense:) Happy flying!
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    Questions about tunnels

    I don’t know about arrangements in Russia, but in Slovakia I fly during the day, any time I choose. You can get at the moment 1 hour for 399 EUROs if you buy over 5 hours, and of you buy 10 hours, you’ll get 1 hour for free on top. So less competitive than Russia, but still way cheaper for 14ft tunnel than anywhere else in Europe at the moment for that tunnel size. As for night flying, I personally would never go for it. I love my sleep, and I get so tired past 12 if I have to stay up for some reason. Then trying to learn new skills and perform well in the tunnel when I am exhausted, thanks, but no thanks. So I hope it isn’t a night flying, as 1 hour per day is quite a straine on your body as it is, let alone adding night flying....:)
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    Questions about tunnels

    Depending on where you are located and how much in advance you get your flight tickets, travelling to Moscow can be more expensive than Slovakia, plus you need a visa. But I agree even then 2700 EUR sounds so cheap that extra cost can be easily justified. Tell us how it went, and maybe next time I’ll try it too:)