All first-time flyers are required to take the training class. You’ll get a lot of important and helpful information as well as some pre-flight practice of your flying position. If you’ve flown with us once within the last three months, you don’t have to do the training session again and can book a flight as a Return Flyer.
Yes, feel free to eat before your scheduled flight session. You won’t get any feeling of motion sickness, nausea, or dropping feeling in your stomach.
Yes. We have larger goggles that fit over eyeglasses.
Yes. You should remove any items that might flap around or become loose, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, rings, and hair accessories. In addition, you should remove everything from your pockets. We do have lockers for your use, but we recommend that you leave anything valuable at home as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen property.
Our primary concern is for your safety in the flight chamber so the tricks or flips are done by experienced flyers only. Some flyers are able to do turns, move up and down, and forward and backward during their first flight. Be sure to ask your instructor how to advance your flight skills.
The instructors are trained to grasp the handles of your flight suit should you need spotting.
Please wear well-fitting, lace-up sneakers, or running shoes. Other shoes are not suitable. Wear casual clothes, preferably pants and a shirt without a collar. You won’t have to change out of these clothes—you’ll put your flight suit on over your street clothes.
The iFLY experience lasts approximately an hour and 45 minutes in total. This will cover your check-in time, the training session, your flight time, and time after your flight to remove gear and look at photos and video if interested. Save time by completing your waiver ahead of time.
First-time flyers should arrive 1 hour before the time you booked to fly. That gives you the time to check in, complete your waiver if you didn’t do it online, attend the training session and change into your flight gear.
iFLY Chicago Lincoln Park, iFLY Chicago Naperville, iFLY Chicago Rosemont, iFLY Fort Worth, iFLY Loudoun, iFLY Orlando, iFLY Portland, iFLY Sacramento, iFLY San Diego (Oceanside) & iFLY Tampa guests should arrive at their scheduled reservation time.
We generally fly several people in each session. Your friends and family will be part of the same group, however you will fly one at a time in the flight chamber one-on-one with your instructor. Once you have gained more flight experience then you will be able to fly with others of the same skill level in the tunnel. If someone chooses to come to watch, he or she is welcome to accompany you through your experience and can watch from the observation area.
Participants must weigh less than 300 pounds.
Participants who weigh between 260 and 300 pounds must bring this to the attention of an iFLY representative as additional restrictions and instructor scheduling limitations may apply.
Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age and there is no upper age limit. Children under 18 years of age need to have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
We welcome flyers from 3 to 103. If you have reasonable health and fitness you can fly. But do check the criteria below before you book. We’ll do everything we can to help you fly because our goal is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone!
There are a few exceptions:
- Flyers must be over 3 years of age or older.
- Participants must weigh less than 300lbs.
- Women who are pregnant should not fly.
- Folks with recent back, neck and heart problems should check with a doctor before flying.
- iFLY recommends people with prior shoulder dislocations DO NOT FLY!
- Click here for a complete list of restrictions.
Not at all. It is the same as if you stick your head out a car window while driving. All you feel is the wind in your face. Just breathe normally, either through your mouth or your nose.
Each flight within the wind tunnel lasts 60 seconds. However, total flight length depends on the package that you choose. When jumping out of an airplane, the free fall portion lasts approx. 45 seconds. If you reserve a package that contains 2 flights, you will have 2 turns in the wind tunnel with an instructor lasting 60 seconds each. Some of our packages include double-length flights which lasts double the time at a reduced cost. The entire iFLY first-time flyer experience takes approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes from start to finish.
Generally, no. There’s no jumping, no falling, and no experience is needed. You simply float on a column of air. There is no sensation of falling or anything that would make you feel motion sickness.
Yes, your safety is our primary concern. Our unique design with its wall-to-wall air column, along with our certified and highly-trained instructors, allows you to safely enjoy your flight session. Your flight instructor is with you through your entire flight experience regardless of your level of experience.
Yes, there are. The International Bodyflight Association (IBA) has some excellent video tutorials. The IBA is the association that trains and accredits our instructors.
A vertical wind tunnel has fans at the top to draw air through the flight chamber and then push it back down the sides through Return Air Towers. That leads to an inlet contractor that compresses & speeds up the air before it reenters the flight chamber. The result: a smooth column of air that enables you to fly. Watch our instructional video.
Competitive indoor skydiving, also known as Bodyflight, shares many of the disciplines of competitive skydiving, such as formation skydiving and freestyle skydiving. Generally, athletes compete to successfully complete a certain number of maneuvers in an allotted amount of time. Athletes can compete as teams, working to complete maneuvers and grips, or as individuals. Each performance is recorded and judged by a panel of experts. If you’re interested, our instructors can help you improve your flying skills and take you to the next level of indoor skydiving. More Info
Very simply, a wind tunnel is a machine that moves a lot of air. A vertical wind tunnel, which is what we use at iFLY, moves air in a vertical column at speeds high enough to keep a person safely floating.
Yes, iFLY requires full payment for all reservations or a 25% deposit for Group Events.
The refund and cancellation policies are outlined below.
Group and Event Bookings
- 25% Deposit Due at Time of Booking
- Final Payment is due 7 days prior to event
- Deposit and payment is refundable if canceled 7 days before the event
- Cancellations within 7 days will forfeit the deposit
First time Flyer, Return Flyers
- Payment in full is required at time of booking
- Payment is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the reservation
- Cancellations within 48 hours of the reservation are not refundable but may be rescheduled
- If booking with a 3rd Party Voucher, Gift Voucher or Gift Card, the voucher is considered a form of payment and follows the same cancellation/re-booking policy
Camps and Block Reservations
- The 48 hour cancellation policy applies to block reservations less than 2 hours
- For reservations with 2 or more hours reserved, or consecutive reservations over a month or more, the cancellation policy is one week in advance for a full refund
iFLY gift vouchers and digital gift cards do not expire, have no fees and are redeemable at iflyworld.com and your iFLY location. Just present your gift voucher to any salesperson at the time of redemption. Gift vouchers may not be returned or redeemed for cash, except where required by law. If lost, stolen or damaged, vouchers can be replaced for the remaining value with satisfactory proof of purchase. To verify the remaining balance, click here.
During your flight session the driver of our wind tunnel will be taking snaps of you mid-flight. Don’t forget to smile! All photos can be viewed immediately after your flights and they’re available to purchase in a number of formats (digital downloads, 6 x 8 prints and more).
You can also access your photos online for up to 6 months following your flights. Please note, due to flyer’s movements we cannot guarantee the perfect photo but we’ll try our very best.
You can also share your photos for free on Facebook.
Yes! We fly groups of up to 100 people. Enjoy special perks and pricing when you bring your family reunion, staff, association or other large group to iFLY. We’ll help you with all the details, from planning to catering. Contact your local iFLY to get started.
Please note that there is no maximum group size – the more, the merrier.
Of course! Birthday parties at iFLY are unforgettable experiences, and we’ll do everything we can to get all your child’s friends airborne! Please call your local iFLY to arrange the party your child will remember forever.
To include a 6th person you can add on the Earn Your Wings package for 1. This will ensure that all flyers will get 2 flights. The video that comes with the family package will still include your 6th participant on it. Please call your local iFLY location to arrange it or if you have any questions.
ALL vouchers are designed to be redeemed using our online reservation system. Redeem your voucher quickly and easily online by clicking here.
Yes. There’s an option to complete your waiver online after checkout or you can simply click here.
iFLY offers various packages but each First-Time Flyer package includes your training session, use of all the flight gear, your flight time in the tunnel, hands on personal assistance from your instructor and a personalized flight certificate.
We suggest that you make a flight reservation in advance. Due to the popularity of indoor skydiving, some sessions sell out well in advance.
Our basic first-time flyer package starts at $59.95. Flight packages vary in cost at iFLY based upon the number of flyers, whether you have flown before and how much time you fly. Find the right flight package for you by using our flight booking tool.