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  1. Found a related article in a cache


    December 11, 2015
    The 32ft Tunnel

    Indoor Skydiving is about to get a massive new addition. Imagine… Dynamic 8 way or 16 way FS in the tunnel. The dream is about to become your reality! The engineering team at SkyVenture, the world’s leading designer and builder of vertical wind tunnels, has created by far, the largest wind tunnel in the world. Mark Arlitt, VP of Engineering, had this to say,

    “The immensity of the task of designing what will be by far the world’s largest vertical wind tunnel was daunting, but for the most experienced vertical wind tunnel design team in the world it was not a task too big. Teamwork was the key! During a brainstorming session that lasted for 3 straight days, the team came up with concept after concept that made it doable. One of the enabling concepts was to break many of the gigantic components down into smaller and simpler subcomponents that repeat and stack, using proven technologies from our existing wind tunnel designs. This saved a huge amount of engineering time, kept components easier to ship and install and all but ensures predictable performance.”

    So what are some of the specs of this turbine titan?

    32’ (9.75m) in diameter with 16 (!!!!) fans.
    The Inlet Contractor, the funnel-shaped piece that connects the plenum to the flight chamber, is composed of 80 fiberglass pieces constructed into 3 tiers rising up 38’ (11.6m) to where it meets the glass flight chamber.

    The Primary Diffuser, the piece above the flight chamber glass that widens out to effectively and evenly slow down the wind speed, is made of 2 tiers of 20 pieces of fiberglass.

    The components are currently all being shipped to Abu Dhabi where they will be assembled starting in early 2016.

    A tunnel this size certainly has implications on many levels.

    On the Flyer side, we wonder:

    How will the size of this tunnel affect the sports disciplines we currently have?

    16 way Formation Skydiving has been a fixture of competition skydiving for years as two previously competitive 8-way teams joined together. With the opportunity to practice in a wind tunnel, will we see this discipline increase in popularity? As we have seen records in 4 and 8 way FS smashed in the past few years, we are sure to see the same in 16 way.

    How will the rules need to be re-written for Artistic events to utilize all this available flying space? What about new disciplines, like Dynamic 8 way? Is there a possibility to fly lines with 7 other people? Or is there interest 4 way FreeFly?

    And on the Instructor side:

    The tunnel Instructors will be trained by the IBA and it is the duty of the IBA to prepare how they will be trained and what processes may need to be modified. We asked Rusty Lewis, Director of Safety and Training, for his thoughts.

    How will a tunnel this size change the way you train instructors to spot?
    I would say right now, most of what we do will remain the same, largely due to the fact that it works and the system we train is robust, not discounting the fact that every time a new tunnel design is produced and starts operating there’s certainly amount of “new territory” to explore. No doubt that this will occur once the 32’ design is open and available for us to run some tests.

    We are planning to spend some time in the new facility to evaluate how we currently train Instructors and we will see then what needs to change immediately and what can run its course and, in time, what adjustments will need to be made.

    What kind of rules can we expect for teaching first-time flyers? Will instructors be able to let go of their students?
    I think a lot of what we see today will still remain as we get more familiar with the new design and its intricacies, it will allow us to adapt our current system where necessary.

    Part of training new Instructors is teaching them how to understand how students react in the airflow. Over the years that we have been providing training courses, it has allowed us to collect a lot of data based upon real scenarios. When we deliver the message to new Instructors, we aim to provide the tools in order for them to feel comfortable releasing students when it is appropriate to do so and under the right circumstances. I believe that even in a larger facility, this will still be the mind set for the staff. As long as the criteria is met for flyers to be released, then they will be.

    Will multiple instructors be able to safely take in different students at once?
    That’s a tough question to answer right now. We have experimented in the past in other facilities to see the feasibility of doing something like this and although not impossible, it is tricky. Each student is very unique with how their body adapts and flies in the wind. Matching two people together for the sake of similar wind speeds is one hurdle and typically the easiest… matching people that have the same reactions while flying is the hardest part. With that said, we will be doing some testing to see what may or may not be possible once we can get in the wind!

    Anxious to fly in this behemoth? Stay tuned to tunnelflight.com for more information!

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  2. http://www.arabianbusiness.com/revealed-yas-island-open-100m-skydive-climbing-centre-649624.html


    Developer Miral announced on Wednesday plans to bring the world’s widest flight chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island in 2018.

    Visitors to the flight chamber will be able to mimic the experience of skydiving within an unmatched width of 32 feet, making it the world’s widest, Miral said in a statement.

    CLYMB will also feature the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, offering the chance to scale four walls of varying difficulty.
    Alongside the flight chamber and climbing wall, CLYMB will include retailers, food and beverage outlets, and a space to host parties, Miral said.

    Zublin Construction has been appointed by Miral as the main contractor to carry on the construction work which has already commenced on the site.

    The $100 million project is expected to open its doors by 2018 and will be linked to the nearby Yas Mall, connecting CLYMB with even more of Yas Island’s entertainment and leisure offerings.

    Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral said: "CLYMB project is an important and distinctive addition to the unique portfolio of destinations developed by Miral on Yas Island. With the world’s widest flight chamber, and tallest indoor climbing wall coming to Abu Dhabi, we will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy exceptional experiences that combine excitement and adventure together.

    “This announcement endorses our continuous commitment at Miral to develop and create leading destinations with the highest global standards on Yas Island."

    Miral recently announced plans to make Yas Island one of the world’s top destinations for family fun attracting 48 million visits annually. Yas Island also looks to host 100,000 corporate travellers, and is projected to have 4,000 hotel rooms catering to various guest requirements.

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  3. but didn't want any medical attention.



    A woman was injured in a skydiving accident Tuesday night in Mission Valley, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).
    The intial call came in at approximately 7:35 p.m. to SDFD as a woman who suffered "traumatic injuries" at an indoor skydiving facility located on the 2300 block of Camino Del Rio N near Qualcomm Way.

    The location is listed to be iFly San Diego.

    SDFD says the woman did not want any medical attention. It's unknown what the extent of her injuries were.

    At this time, it's unclear what led up to the accident or what happened.
    NBC 7 reached out to iFly San Diego who denied to release a statement regarding the incident.

    No other information was immediately available.

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  4. Confused?

    ISG say this,


    ISG, German manufacturer of high performance freefall simulators for professional skydivers, military divisions and the entertainment industry achieved an important milestone at the European Patent Office. ISG manufactures freefall simulators in form of closed recirculating vertical wind tunnels. The wind tunnel technology was developed in cooperation with the Aerospace Department of the University Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin), Germany, and is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, safety and design. The first reference facility of ISG opened in 2009 in Bottrop (www. indoor-skydiving.com). Since then, ISG has successfully sold and built many facilities worldwide.
    In December 2014, iFLY sued ISG in Germany based on iFLY´s new European Patent No. EP 2 287 073 and claimed that ISG infringed the iFLY patent. On 19 September 2016, the European Patent Office decided that the Patent No. EP 2 287 073 is not valid and can only be upheld with significant restrictions. The newly restricted version cannot be infringed by ISG.
    The decision of the European Patent Office on 19 September 2016 is in line with a number of prior decisions against iFLY’s repeated attempts to extend their original patents by applying for divisional applications/utility models. (see for example T1196/11).
    “We are happy about the ruling by the European Patent Office”, says Boris Nebe, CEO of ISG. “And it shows once more that iFLY´s repeated attempts to unduly broaden their patents beyond the scope of the original application in order to catch our and our European competitor´s technologies are illicit and useless.

    iFly say this,


    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In oral proceedings, the European Patent Office has upheld iFLY's European patent 2287073 as modified. Indoor Skydiving Germany's (ISG's) latest attempt to invalidate iFLY's patents has failed. iFLY's patents covering the key technologies which make vertical wind tunnels safe, cost effective entertainment remain valid and enforceable in Europe, as they are in dozens of other countries around the world. The company confirms that it will continue to aggressively protect its industry-changing technology anywhere it is challenged.

    The EU Opposition division rejected ISG's novelty arguments and found that iFLY's claims were inventive over the prior art. "This determination by the European Patent Office shows that iFLY's foundational patents are valid and can withstand significant challenges not only in the US but also in the EU," said Alan Metni, CEO of iFLY. "We are gratified that the European Patent Office confirmed that our innovations were both novel and inventive." Metni added, "We will continue to pursue complete protection over the full scope of our invention in every jurisdiction where we operate and will continue to add to our claims through the open applications we have pending around the world, including in Europe."

    ISG's latest efforts to avoid iFLY's patents come on the heels of iFLY's recent decisive win in the US in which ISG agreed to terminate sales of all vertical wind tunnels in the United States during the duration of iFLY's patents. In 2014, iFLY initiated litigation against ISG for selling a wind tunnel for installation in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout that litigation, ISG attacked the validity of the SkyVenture patents in both the District Court and the US Patent Office. Those attacks were unsuccessful. On the eve of trial, ISG conceded the validity and enforceability of two of iFLY's patents (U.S. Patents RE43,028 and 7,156,744) and agreed not to attack their validity in the future. As a direct result of the settlement, ISG terminated its Phoenix project, and agreed not to sell any vertical wind tunnel in the US through the duration of those patents - until September 22, 2024.

    "Based on iFLY's necessary and legitimate enforcement of its patent rights to date, ISG and its principals are precluded from selling vertical wind tunnels of any kind for at least the next eight years in over 40 countries," said Kevin Fiur, iFLY's General Counsel. Fiur added, "Together with outside counsel, David Weaver of Baker Botts, LLP, iFLY will continue to build upon our existing portfolio and take a strong stand wherever we feel others are borrowing our technologies rather than creating on their own."

    About iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Austin-based iFLY Holdings, LLC is the world leader in design, manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for indoor skydiving. Currently iFLY Holdings holds more than 32 issued and 31 pending patents that cover the US and 54 countries around the world. Under the brand names iFLY, SkyVenture, and Airkix (recently re-branded as iFLY), the Company has flown more than 7,000,000 people in a dozen countries since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has 55 facilities operating, with an additional 21 in various stages of construction. iFLY is continually searching for new locations in the USA and around the globe.

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  5. Baksteen

    While I'm waiting for my popcorn to heat, I'll add that I've jumped several times in the US. No USPA-membership was required. I merely had to prove that I was a member of the KNVvL (the Dutch organisation).

    The same thing would be true if a foreign jumper wanted to jump in The Netherlands. A valid USPA/BPA/etc. membership would suffice.

    BPA third-party liability insurance is not valid is the US, so a BPA member would be wise to join the USPA for their cover (or a specialist travel policy).
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  6. parachutist

    ***Anyone else think it might be useful to have a written section on unusual situations? Strut hang-up, cameraman entangled with drogue, etc. ?

    If there were some way to harness a Tom Noonan UPT seminar from a PIA convention, including all the Q&A afterwards, I think most any scenario would be covered. The videos accompanying his presentation make it feel so real, as if you were experiencing the mal yourself. But now there's a pause button and a narrator.

    Like this? (some videos redacted though)
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  7. It is my understanding that it is the Side Spin branch which was previously omitted (but was present in the list of emergency procedures).
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  8. This CBS story is making a deal out of the fact the instructor wasn't USPA rated. But Lodi isn't a Group Member (which it says in the article) so the instructors don't have to be USPA rated, do they? They can have a manufacturers rating? Or their own country's? Lodi does require some equivalent certification at least don't they?

    Winding up the mother with the possibility that the instructor wasn't certified seems very irresponsible to me (this is the media...why am I not surprised).
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  9. Consols (consolidation) is a BPA post-AFF requirement. Is it the BPA licence you'd like to complete? If so, the dropzone will need to have a BPA Advanced instructor present to sign off. The only one I know of in the US is Tony Goodman at Perris. The are regular military expeditions to Elsinore/Perris that have Advanced instructors with them as well that you might be able to avail yourself of. Otherwise, without a licence, you are still a student and you'd have to ask at the USPA/CSPA dz where they would slot you in to their programme.
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  10. http://www.timescall.com/columnists/opinion-local/ci_30140749/kimberly-gibbs-skies-have-been-quieter-this-year


    Kimberly Gibbs: Skies have been quieter this year, but there's more work to be done
    POSTED: 07/19/2016 08:50:36 AM MDT

    The relatively quieter spring and summer in north Boulder County was the topic of discussion recently among Quiet Skies supporters. A year ago we lost a high profile court case against Mile-Hi Skydiving regarding the community noise impacts from their operations. So, we were pleasantly surprised to notice recent improvements. After comparing notes and analyzing Webtrak flight data, we observed the following operational changes leading up to the July 4th weekend:

    1. The 23-passenger purple Twin Otter is being used less frequently. The purple Otter has noisy and reverberating 3-bladed propellers, making it inappropriate for frequent use over residential areas. The 15-passenger King Air is used more often, along with a white Otter outfitted with quieter 5-bladed propellers.

    2. Operations begin later in the morning and end earlier in the evening. On some days operations begin as late as a 9:30 a.m. start, and most weekday evenings after 5:30 are peaceful. Prior to the lawsuit, operations began at 7 a.m. and two or more planes were going all day until dark.

    3. Fewer hop 'n' pop flights, where the plane circles around for an initial 5,000-foot AGL drop, then continues spiraling up to the full 13,000-foot drop. No hop 'n' pop means fewer overflights to some areas.

    4. Modified flight patterns extending well outside the designated flight box over north Boulder County. This pattern favors a long climb west generally over Heil Ranch (outside the box), and as far west as Coffintop Mountain.


    5. Reduced activity during bad weather. Prior to the lawsuit, wind and cloud cover rarely impeded operations.

    6. Avoidance of Gunbarrel, with flights generally remaining north of Colo. 52. This is great for Gunbarrel residents, but not so great for residents in other unincorporated areas and in south Longmont.

    Unfortunately, these positive changes were abruptly abandoned as we headed into the Fourth of July weekend. The purple Otter and other jump planes were in constant operation most of the holiday weekend. Operations lasted the entire day, and then continued throughout the night, with no public notice. On July 2, the final skydiving flight landed at 12:22 a.m. the following morning. And on July 3, a Sunday, operations finally ended at 11:35 p.m.

    Unbelievably, there are no regulations at the Longmont airport to reduce the community noise impact from skydiving and other airport operations. None whatsoever. Mile-Hi can operate all day and night using multiple noisy turboprops. Mile-Hi has demonstrated time and again that they have no interest in being a good neighbor. And the Longmont City Council refuses to adopt any regulations, claiming that all airport operations are governed exclusively by the FAA. If that is true, does it really make sense to continue operating an airport that the local government has no authority to regulate? Couldn't that 264 acres of prime real estate be put to a better purpose that truly benefits the community?

    Quiet Skies has consistently advocated for reasonable regulations that would balance skydiving activities with the rights of citizens who live here. To that end, we will continue to seek an official and binding agreement that results in an overall reduction of noise for all residents who are affected by the skydiving noise, including:

    • removing the purple Twin Otter from service;

    • weekday operations allowed during regular business hours;

    • weekend operations allowed during reduced hours; and

    • allowing one jump aircraft to operate per day, with a maximum capacity of 15 passengers. This would allow the King Air to continue operating, and the capacity far exceeds that of most skydiving businesses, which use a four-seat Cessna.

    Whether or not your home is currently affected, this is an issue that all fair-minded citizens should care about. We are all just one decision away from being under the flight path.

    Kimberly Gibbs is a Gunbarrel resident and the organizer of Citizens For Quiet Skies.

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