Frequently Asked Questions

With Answers

Q. What is a Vertical Wind Tunnel ?
Q. Why do people fly in VWT's ?
Q. How long does it take to learn to fly ?
Q. What is Body Flying ?
Q. What does Body Flying feel like ?
Q. What can a body flyer do ?
Q. Is Body Flight good for you ?
Q. Is it hard to breathe while body flying ?
Q. Can our group fly at the same time ?
Q. Why do skydivers use  VWT's ?
Q. What is Terminal Velocity ?
Q. What is Aerodynamic Drag ?
Q. How long does it take to learn advanced maneuvers ?
Q. What is RPDPVWTV1 ?
Q. How HIGH will I fly ?
Q. How should I dress for flight ?

Q. Where can I stay when visiting AAC ?

Q. What is a Vertical Wind Tunnel ?
A. A VWT is a machine that produces a vertical jet, or column of wind. If this jet is fast and large enough, a person can float. Experienced fliers can perform an unlimited sequence of motions which can be acrobatic, or dance like. Skydivers practice in Vertical Wind Tunnels, which are also known as Skydiving or Free Fall Simulators.

Q. Why do people fly in VWT's ?
A. Flying is incredibly fun. It is an action sport comparable to, in fact more fun than snow skiing or skating,

Q. How long does it take to learn to fly ?
A. Most people can master the basics of stable hovering in 5 to 10 minutes of actual flight time.

Q. What is Body Flying ?
A. Body Flying is the art and sport of controlled human flight in vertical wind.

Q. What does Body Flying feel like ?
A. Flying feels a little like swimming. Your arms can get tired after a while. The slightest change in your body position makes you move about. It feels like you're flying a helicopter, except you are the helicopter. It also feels like you're in a jacuzzi.

Q. What can a body flyer do ?
A. An experienced flyer can, at will, hover motionlessly , or zoom around rapidly, in an infinite range of body positions and orientations. Rapid rotations on various axis can be added. Multiple fliers can fly in formations. Flying can look like skating, dance, gymnastics and acrobatics.

Q. Is Body Flight good for you ?
A. Flying is an excellent form of exercise. It's non-impact, incredibly fun, doesn't feel like you're working, and hurts later if you fly enough. It works most of the body at the same time including muscles that are usually ignored. Depending on a persons physical condition, 6 minutes of actual flight time in a day might be a good beginners limit. Experienced fliers can fly hours per day.

Q. Is it hard to breathe while body flying ?
A. Breathing is completely normal.

Q. Can our group fly at the same time ?
A. New fliers are not yet able to share the air simultaneously. A flier must be able to accurately hold position as other fliers enter the air. Multiple fliers flying simultaneously is called "Relative Work", or "RW". There is a short lesson required before fliers who are otherwise ready, can participate in RW. It takes an absolute minimum of 30 minutes of flight time before beginners are ready for RW. Groups of new fliers do go through class, suit up, and go out to the net together.

Q. Why do skydivers use VWT's ?
A. Skydivers are typically limited to about 7 minutes of flight time per day (one minute per jump). In a VWT a skydiver can get hours of flight time per day. Flight time is the competitive edge. For a four way team, skydiving costs about 10 times as much per minute as using a VWT.

Q. What is Terminal Velocity ?
A. Terminal Velocity is the airspeed at which aerodynamic drag keeps a person from falling any faster. This is approximately 120 MPH. It varies with a persons weight and drag coefficient. When the airspeed in a VWT reaches terminal velocity, a person can float.

Q. What is Aerodynamic Drag ?
A. Aerodynamic Drag is the natural resistance to an object moving through air. In a VWT this resistance counteracts gravity, allowing a person to fly.

Q. How long does it take a flier to gain the necessary skills to perform advanced maneuvers ?
A. A flier with a few hours of actual flight time is just beginning to learn the easiest of the advanced maneuvers. Fliers with hundreds of hours can perform many advanced maneuvers. Experts have over 1000 hours.

Q. What is RPDPVWTV1 ?

Q. How HIGH will I fly ?
A. Beginners are kept at a comfortable height, usually below 5 feet above the net, unless they request to be taken higher by the instructors. Intermediate fliers are restricted to 15 feet. Experienced fliers are restricted to 20 feet. Once you learn how to fly you can control how high you fly. Travis Pastrana flew 80 feet over the net. While this is possible, it is a dangerous stunt. If a person falls out of the wind, or if there is a power failure, a high fall may not be survivable. People you may see fly over 20 feet above the net are expert fliers with many thousands of hours of flight time, who know they are performing a risky stunt, and have trained for it. If others fly too high we will lower the airspeed.

 

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