If you’ve ever wanted to skydive, you may have this image of jumping out of a plane with a parachute strapped to your back. iFLY takes the experience indoors, allowing for the adrenaline rush and sensation of flying in a controlled, safe environment. The indoor wind tunnel is controlled by professional operators, who create a current of 150 mph using fans at the top of the flight chamber. It is the only wind tunnel in Los Angeles, and no experience is necessary to jump in and enjoy the thrill.
Lasting just over a minute, it is a realistic simulation of the free fall feeling one gets while skydiving. Flyers are horizontal for the duration of the flight, and with additional training can learn to do turns and other maneuvers. Each person is outfitted with a flight suit and helmet and given professional instruction. It’s also fun just to watch as others float suspended in the air current.
iFLY Hollywood is located on the Universal CityWalk beside Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityWalk area has endless options for entertainment and refueling post-flight. There is a height/weight ratio limit and full equipment is provided. It’s suitable for children 4 and up and it’s open Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Two flights with instruction is $59.95. It’s recommended to arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled flight time.