WHO CAN FLY IN A WIND TUNNEL?
Normally anyone above 5 years of age and in normal health. Everyone flying must read and sign a health statement and a waiver form.
WHAT IS A PRO FLYER?
Pro flyer in Sirius Sport is a person who has passed a pro flyer course and/or has demonstrated they are capable to flye independently in the wind tunnel. In Sirius it mean the person can enter and exit the tunnel without help, fly on their belly still, up and down, worwards and backwards and do turns. Usually with no prior expereince it is possible to learn these skills within 15-20 minutes. If a person has 10 skydives or a skidiving license, the person is automatically considered to be a pro flyer.
WHAT TO DO AFTER PRO FLYING COURSE?
- Ask from reception a pro flyer flyer or download it here.
- Contact reception and book yourself a slot in the Level 1 training sessions and All Levels huck jams. Prices are from 60-110 € and you get 10-20 min of (mostly) shared flying time.
- Register in our SIRIUS SPORT PRO FLYERS Facebook Group.
- Start flying regularly at the training sessions to progress with other flyers and in huck jams to get needed repetition so that you can move on to the next level. You can get all the dates for these events from the reception.
- Get coaching from a coach to get more personal help and to progress faster. It is best to fly with many coaches.
- Start competing in rookie competitions/categories as early as possible. Flying goal-oriented makes you try more and progress faster. Ask from your coach about the competitions.
HOW DO I BOOK PRO TIME?
All pro flyers can book considerably more affordable pro time.
Best way to get a Sirius Pro Flyer Account to book pro time and to get good deals.
You can book pro time also by phone but have your payment card ready for payment.
Quite often coaches also make the booking for their students and get a cheaper rate. Coaches can frequently organise also rotations and all you have to do is to show up at the tunnel at the agreed time.
Coaching prices vary from 100-250€/h of flying. Coaching is done by personal booking by coaches and on training camps. Camps are announced at Sirius Sport web site and Pro Flyer Facebook Group. Coaching costs but please bear in mind a basic coach has used at least the price of an SUV on getting on his/hers level and a great coach at least the price of a house.
HOW SHOULD I CHOOSE MY COACH?
As the original and longest working wind tunnel of Finland, Sirius Sport has safe and professional coaching on offer. It is very useful to fly with many people but choosing your main coach on the longer run should depend on the following:
- Safety of your coach. Does the coach speak a lot about safety? Does he/she explain to you safety features without you asking? Is the coach willing to take unnecessary risks? Is the coaching happening in the beginning mostly with the coach standing on the net or does the coach seem to be more interested in getting to fly as much as possible with your money? Does it seem that the coach is willing to take chort-cuts in safety so as to make you progress faster? Trust your gut feeling and always choose the coach who comes across as safe and professional.
- Chemistry. You should be able to get along with your coach and above all - trust the person with your health.
- What do you want to learn? Once you progress, you may want to specialice. There are belly, free flying, dynamic and other coaches available.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH ME?
Take with you your at least a memory card or drive where you can download your videos for you to study later.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PRACTICE AT HOME?
At pays to try some techniques. You can find good videos on the YouTube, for example Class A Flyer. It pays to watch your own flying footage several times before and after flying. That way you can repeat your coaches suggestions and hopefully remember them better. It is also useful to practice flight positions outside the tunnel.
5 STEPS TO GO FLYING
1. How much time do I need to book?
Generally speaking it is a good idea to book 30-40 min per day. If you plan to participate on a weekend camp, it is worth booking about 1h - 1h 20 min. Price of tunnel time with a private coach varies and came be about 600 - 700 € /h.
Choose your coach depending on what kind of things you want to learn to fly. 4-way belly flying (FS flying) can be best taught by an expert of the field whereas free flying can be best taught by a free flying coach. Different coaches are experts in different styles of flying. By asking around and trying out flying with differrent coaches you will be able to find the coach that best fit you and your needs. At the end of the day it is also about personal chemistry. Also, at different moments of your learning curve, you may best benefit from different coaches.
Find out how and when it is possible to fly with your coach, check the condition of your equipment should you have it, make travel arrangements and possibly book accommodation. You can find great options for example in airbnb in Pyhtää.
4. The Day
you will get most out of your flying if you arrive well-rested. Arrive on site on time, preferably 60 minutes before the start of your session. This way you will have enough time to fill out the waiver form, get changed and speak to your coach.
After your flight, the coach usually want to do the after brief with you, so reserve some time for that also. Remember to download the flying footage from the downloading station.
Check your videos afterwards at home. This way you maximise what you learn and get the best return on your investment. After this, return to point number 1 ;)
Wind Tunnel Related Terms
Recirculating - Referring to a wind tunnel where the air is re-used by passing through a closed circular system.
Open Flow - Referring to a wind tunnel where the air passes through an open system, pulling in outside air.
Air Straightener - A constructed 'waffle like' structure that air passes through in order to provide a smoother flying experience.
Flight Chamber - The chamber where the indoor skydiver flies. Depending on the type of tunnel, the flight chamber may be wall-to-wall or wall-less. Wall-to-wall tunnels normally have a flight chamber constructed of glass or Plexi.
Anti-Chamber - The chamber usually featuring a bench where flyers wait to fly. The anti-chamber is usually directly outside the tunnel with easy access to the tunnel door.
Air Lock - Referring to a small chamber that allows flyers to enter the anti-chamber while the tunnel is running.
Turning Vane - A series of curved guides designed to 'turn' the direction of airflow.
Net - Referring to the woven wire mesh along the bottom of the flight chamber. This net allows the air to pass through the flight chamber.
Wall-to-wall - Referring to a vertical wind tunnel which features a wall around the flight chamber. Most commonly referring to wall-to-wall airflow. This means that it is impossible for the flyer to fly out the side of the column of air.
Flight Related Terms
Block Time - Referring to a purchased amount of time in a wind tunnel. IE a 15 minute 'block'.
Rotation - Referring to two people alternating turns in the wind tunnel to give breaks. A common situation would be two flyers with 15 minutes each rotating in a 30-minute block.
Belly Flying - Flying with the belly prominently exposed to the wind.
Back Flying - Flying with the back prominently exposed to the wind.
Sit Flying/Head Up - Flying in a vertical, right side up position.
Head Down - Flying in a vertical, upside-down position.
VFS - Short for Vertical Formation Skydiving. This is a structured competition style of freeflying utilizing vertical points.
FS - Formation Skydiving. This is a structured competition style of flying. Participants fly in a belly to earth position, creating multiple linked formations.
Freeflying - Referring to flying the body in all orientations including sit and head down.
Dynamic - Referring to a style of indoor skydiving. Dynamic flying is normally represented with a style of flying your body with constant motion through all orientations.
Static - Flying in a single orientation or set of orientations with little or no movement.
Burble - The area above a flyer in reference to the wind. This area is essentially a low-pressure area which gives a feeling of low/no-wind when flown through.
Grip - A point of contact between two skydivers or indoor skydivers. IE hand to foot, hand to hand.
Formation - A linked set of skydivers or indoor skydivers.
Dive Pool - A defined list of moves or points used to create a competition.
Point - A set of grips within a pre-defined formation.
Gear Related Terms
Cordura - A common type of material used on indoor skydiving flightsuits.
Jumpsuit/Flightsuit - A one-piece suit crafted for use in a vertical wind tunnel or skydiving environment. Most commonly custom tailored for each person.
Full Face/Open Face - Referring to the type of helmet. Helmets without visors, being an open face. Helmets with visors being full face.
Visor - The clear plastic cover on a full face helmet.
Goggles - Special goggles used to block the wind from the eyes while skydiving or indoor skydiving.
Source: Indoor Skydiving Source