Skydiving simulator: it's the only way to iFly

Mom can don her Super Woman cape and fly at iFLY, which has two North Texas locations, in Hurst and Frisco (where this video was shot).
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Mom can don her Super Woman cape and fly at iFLY, which has two North Texas locations, in Hurst and Frisco (where this video was shot).
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Indoor skydiving center iFLY opening Thursday in Hurst

October 05, 2016 01:31 PM

North Texans who want to get a taste of what it’s like to fly like a bird — with no airplane or parachute — can now go to Northeast Tarrant County.

A company that specializes in offering indoor skydiving, iFLY, is opening its newest location Thursday 663 NE Loop 820 in Hurst.

“Our mission is to deliver the dream of flight to everybody, whether you’re age 3 or 103,” iFLY president Matt Ryan said in a statement.

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He says the experience appeals to many types of residents. A visit to iFLY can be a “fun excursion with family and friends, a student on an educational ... field trip, a professional skydiver or member of the military for training or a corporate customer looking for a unique team building activity.”

Our mission is to deliver the dream of flight to everybody, whether you’re age 3 or 103.

iFLY president Matt Ryan

The company bills itself as the world’s largest indoor skydiving business. The Hurst facility, which is near the Putt-Putt Fun Center and just southwest of North East Mall, will be the company’s 24th location. Another North Texas location is in Frisco.

Visitors to iFLY are first provided with a training class and equipment such as goggles, a helmet and a flight suit. They then enter the flight chamber, where they are lifted by a “cushion of air” from below.

“My team and I are super excited to share the dream of flight at our new Hurst location,” said general manager Jeremy Little.

The Hurst location will be named after its larger, neighboring city and known as iFLY Fort Worth.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson