Austin-based iFLY is bringing the concept of indoor skydiving to Hurst. The company has another North Texas location in Frisco. Max Faulkner Star-Telegram archives
Austin-based iFLY is bringing the concept of indoor skydiving to Hurst. The company has another North Texas location in Frisco. Max Faulkner Star-Telegram archives

Northeast Tarrant

Indoor skydiving taking off in Hurst

By Elizabeth Campbell

liz@star-telegram.com

January 21, 2016 10:37 AM

HURST

Do you want to learn how to skydive without jumping from a plane?

Soon, you will have a chance to do just that because Hurst is getting an iFLY Indoor Skydiving location where children and adults can experience the thrill of free-fall flight without getting on a plane.

iFLY, which is based in Austin, is bringing the concept of indoor skydiving to Hurst. The company has another North Texas location in Frisco.

Last week, the City Council unanimously approved a site plan for iFLY to build in Hurst’s growing entertainment district, along heavily-traveled Northeast Loop 820.

The entertainment district is about a half mile from North East Mall

“I think a business like iFLY coming to Hurst with the other great cities around us really speaks to the direction the city is going in. We are certainly a vibrant community,” said Ashleigh Johnson, a spokeswoman for the city.

Michelle Lazo, managing director of community development for the city, said iFLY is building near L.A. Fitness. Construction should start in the spring with the opening planned for the fall.

Patrick Framel, vice president of development at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, said that the Frisco location is doing well and that he expects that customers will flock to the new location in Hurst as it is “well-placed” to serve the Dallas area.

The iFLY location will also have a conference room for corporate events and a party room for children’s birthdays and other events.

“We are a very family-focused business for entertainment. The company was founded by skydivers,” he said.

The goal of iFLY is to let people experience the thrill of skydiving in a safe environment without the “craziness of jumping out of a plane,” Framel said.

“I think that every kid has this dream that is inherent inside whether it’s flying like a bird or like Superman. Our motto is ‘3 to 103,’ ” he said.

Customers learn to skydive inside a wind tunnel in a safe, air-conditioned environment. Before anyone can skydive, they must go through training with an instructor, wear a skydiving suit, a helmet and goggles.

“This is not a ride; it’s an interactive experience,” Framel said.

“When a person comes back [for another session], they will learn from their experiences. This is more like a sport than a ride,” he said.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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