Indoor Wingsuit FAQ
WHAT AGE DO YOU NEED TO BE TO FLY
Indoor Wingsuit Flying is suitable for anyone from age 7 and up.
We have wingsuits available for sizes ranging from 140cm up to 205cm.
There is no special demand, but normal physical fitness is recommended.
IS THERE A MAXIMUM WEIGHT
For personal safety, we have a maximum weight of 120 kg for customers.
In case of fit/muscular physique, some exceptions apply.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO FLY
Indoor Wingsuit is open to anyone, and can be practiced without any previous skydiving or basejumping experience.
The tunnel can be used as a training tool for both sports, or practiced as a fun flying activity on its own.
CAN I FLY WITH A DISABILITY
Flying with certain disabilities or a prosthetic limb is possible, but will need to be looked at on a case per case basis.
For more information, contact our booking office.
WHAT IS THE START-UP PACK
For anybody new to Indoor Wingsuit Flying, we have an introduction package which includes all the pre-flight training, and 30 minutes of actual flying time in the tunnel.
Our Start Up Pack (SUP) is intended for anyone who is keen to learn to fly a wingsuit. The SUP is also intended as a full first introduction to the tunnel. This is both for experienced skydivers and/or wingsuit pilots, as well as complete novices with no previous experience. People with previous wingsuit experience can of course progress faster if skills allow. Buying the 30 minute SUP is no guarantee for being cleared of the cables within that time. That is purely dictated by skill, and our coaches are the only ones able to clear you for free flight.
We start by introducing people to the various body movements needed to navigate our bodies in the air, with drills and excersises also training tunnel specific skills such as take-off and landings. The first phase of flying assisted by our cable sytem is mainly be to get used to the higher precission the tunnel allows us to fly and train at.
You will be trained on our assisted flight system, a harness suspended by cables, allowing free movement in and around the tunnel, but limiting the flyer from accidental contact with the ground or walls. Additional tunnel time can be bought per 5 minute block. Contact the office for booking details.
The Start-Up package is a one time introduction, needs to be booked per person flying, and can not be shared.
Additional flying for the same person will not need to repeat the start-up. It's a one time startup that every person has to go through.
Once a person has completed the startup package, they are officially pro flyer in our system, and able to book tunneltime per 15 minute block.
For individuals and/or teams passed the initial stages of flying, able to fly unassisted and cleared for formation flying, sharing time is possible, but should be booked via one person who manages the reservation.
IS COACHING INCLUDED
All bookings done through us, include the coaching.
Depending on preference and learning task at hand, the coach can be in the tunnel with you, be it standing, flying, or outside of the tunnel, in case of teams.
WHAT LANGUAGES WILL COACHING BE AVAILABLE
Coaching is available in English, Swiss, German and Dutch. Please notify us of your preference with your booking.
IS IT SAFE
Training, padded floor and ropes assisting flyers during their first experience. This makes Indoor Wingsuit Flying a sport which can be practiced safely in a controlled environment without big risks for the user.
IS THERE VIDEO RECORDING
We have an internal video system, with footage available for download from all your flying sessions, free of change.
A link to the footage of your session is available the next day, and will be supplied by email.
CAN I FLY WITH A CAMERA
Due to dangers of damaging tunnel equipment due to any loose items, cameras inside the tunnel are not allowed. The glass walls around the tunnel do provide a clear view on the flying using own cameras filming from the outside.
CAN I BRING SPECTATORS
It’s possible to bring spectators to the tunnel. Be it family or friends. For bigger groups of spectators, please contact us in advance.
IS INDOOR WINGSUIT FLYING A SPORT
Indoor Wingsuit Flying can be seen as a training method for outdoor flying, but also a sport on its own.
There are already competitions being organized, and even for a complete novice without skydiving experience, its possible to become an expert wingsuit body pilot without ever setting foot inside an airplane or on a mountain.
HOW LONG BEFORE MY SESSION DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT
It’s generally recommended to be present about an hour before your booked time, so you have time to relax. View some other people flying, and already get changed into something more comfortable to wear under your wingsuit. Instruction will commence half an hour before the intended flight time, at which time its mandatory to be present. For people arriving late, we can not guarantee free tunnel time at a later time.
IMPORTANT: Not showing up for a booked flight session, without a confirmed cancellation by phone and/or email minimum 48 hours in advance, means forfeiting your tunneltime and potentially losing any sessions booked for that day.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR
Any clothing is okay, but we recommend wearing comfortable clothes, and shoes that allow for activities. No heels or platform soles. Wear clothing you would wear to a workout. We recommend not wearing any earrings, bracelets or necklaces. Please do not leave items of value around the building, and use our lockers in the dressing rooms. As it is an open facility with many visitors we do not accept any responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen items.
I HAVE GLASSES, IS THAT OK?
We use fullface helmets for comfort and protection. Wearing glasses inside the helmet is no problem.
DOES IT FEEL LIKE A REAL WINGSUIT JUMP
Aside from the differing visuals, both the physics and practical experience match real outdoor flying and present itself as a great learning enviroment and highly addictive sport of its own.
WHAT WIND SPEEDS CAN THE TUNNEL DO
At the moment we are operating the tunnel at speeds of 0 to 160 km/h. In the future we will be expanding on these speeds, allowing wingsuit pilots to also train higher speed flights.
WHAT GLIDE RATIOS CAN THE TUNNEL DO
Due to the moving structure, the tunnel can simulate glide ratios varying from 1:1 up to 3:1
To allow range in flying, we operate the tunnel at a maximum glide of 2.7 for safety reasons.
At the moment the tunnel is operating at a fixed angle of 1.6, which means rookie and intermediate size suits are the moment the best choice.
Fall 2018 we also expect flatter flight angles to be accessible, and thus bigger suits becoming allowed as well.
HOW LONG IS A PRO FLYER SESSION
A session can be anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour or more. Due to fatigue we recommend doing a session of around 10 to 15 minutes per segment of the day. Meaning 30 to max 45 minutes per day is a realistic flying time, spread over morning, afternoon and evening. More is of course possible, but will depend a bit on physical fitness and training. Skilled and experienced proflyers can doing around 2 to 3 hours of flying per day, but it takes some time to build up the stamina.
WHAT ROTATION DO YOU USE
We share pro flyer sessions between groups of 2 or 3 pilots, each flying in 2 to 3 minute increments. If wishful the duration of session can be adapted to shorter or longer flight times.
Only during the first 'rope' sessions of the start up pack, we work without rotation, but flyers will remain in the tunnel, hooked into the cable system, during the breaks between each flight.
CAN YOU FLY WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE
It's possible to fly with multiple people. 3 to 4 person formations are already a regular sight, and time will show where the limit is in terms of possibilities.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO ACROBATICS
Acrobatics are fully possible, but progression is gradual as walls, ceiling and floor are creating hard limits to what we can do. We progress from flying assisted on the 2 cable system, to flying free with a safety 'flight line' attached on the belly. From there we enter a phase of individual free flight, coached 2 ways, and a slow progression to actual relative formation flight docks, and skills like special landings, backflying and Transitions.
HOW DOES THE FIRST TIME BRIEFING PROCESS WORK
You will first receive a safety briefing and watch an instructional video. After being fitted with a custom wingsuit and helmet in your size, you will proceed to ‘ground training’ to learn the basic flying we will apply in the tunnel shortly after.
HOW DOES THE ASSISTED FLIGHT CABLE SYSTEM WORK
Everyone starts flying on our assisted flight system. An elastic retainer that allows you to fly freely, without needing to worry about hitting the walls or floor. When flying, there is no tension on the cables. Only during extreme moves, the flyer is restricted to prevent any form of contact.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FLY ON THE BELLY UNASSISTED
Depending on talent and skill, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to anything beyond and hour or more to fly fully unassisted in the tunnel, and be cleared for free flight. We do notice that experienced wingsuit with a previous experience in fine control body movement and wingsuit acrobatics tend to be faster in tunnel progression.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN BACKFLYING
Backflying should be seen as a more advanced skill, and thus will take some time to work towards.
Putting exact training times on certain skills is hard, as it will vary from person to person. So far times have varied from 1 hour for fast progressing students, up to several hours for other customers.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TRANSITIONS AND DYNAMIC FLYING
Much like carving and headdown flying in ‘classic’ windtunnels, advanced flying techniques will take time to learn.
Around 3 to 4 hours seems to be a good estimate for customers wanting a rough idea, but again, personal differences in speed of learning will make this a variable estimate, with differing results in timing for everyone.
CAN I GO FROM TUNNEL STRAIGHT TO SKYDIVE OR BASE WITHOUT TRAINING
The tunnel will only be a training tool for wingsuit flying skills and precision, but will never replace the awareness and skills real skydiving and basejumping teaches. This includes airplane and still air exits, navigation, deployment, canopy handling and general awareness.
Classic basic safety rules and recommendations such as a minimum of 200 freefall skydives experience before taking up wingsuit skydiving, and progression beyond, stay valid.
ARE WINGSUIT AND HELMET INCLUDED
For all customers, wingsuit and helmet come included with the flying.
Once passed the initial stages of unassisted flight, it is possible to also fly other suits that customers may bring themselves.
CAN I USE MY OWN HELMET
You're allowed to use your own helmet, as long as its fullface, protecting both head and chin, and free of any camera mounts or extensions that could potentially get stuck in the net or cables inside the tunnel while flying.
CAN I USE MY OWN WINGSUIT
Its possible to fly any model, and any brand of wingsuit in the windtunnel.
For own wingsuits there is a progression system in place. First a customer must show basic skills and control in the wingsuits provided by the tunnel. This as the custom tunnel suits have sets of extra safety handles and attachment points for the coaches to use, as well as our coaches knowing exactly how the suits handle for each costumer. As the first sessions are purely aimed at skill, we want to first make sure the student is in full control before introcing other variables, due to differing models, size and fit on personal suits.
Once passed the initial stages of unassisted flight, customers can choose to switch to other suits, be it controlled by a progression chart related to suit size. Own rookie and intermediate suits can be flown immediately after flight clearance. Advanced/open category suits (once glide allows) will need a checkout via our flight line and/or 2 point harness, at discretion of the flight master in command. This as bigger suits are more demanding in terms of maneuvers and control. Making them a bit more difficult to fly with the same precision initially.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE MYSELF PHYSICALLY FOR TUNNEL FLYING
If you have multiple sessions booked over several days, its important to realize it will be quite a workout.
Wingsuit flying is not heavy on the body or (more specific) arms, but its the buildup of multiple sessions that does introduce fatigue.
Doing active cardio exercises in the gym, as well as playing with small weights and arm movement to build shoulder, chest and arm strength can be of added value, and help build the stamina needed to fly longer sessions.
CAN I BUY MY OWN WINGSUIT
We are also able to assist you in purchasing your own wingsuit from select manufacturers.
Be it custom tunnel suits (not suitable for outdoor flight, but added features such as more sturdy fabric, padding etc) or suits from the normal range available for skydiving and basejumping.
WHAT IS THE BEST SUIT TO USE
Any wingsuit in the rookie or intermediate size category is a good choice for flying.
We have noticed quite differing results in various personal suits, with looser fit not being ideal for indoor high precision flying. We recommend (any brand) a tight fit at the hips, and good overall fit, without too much loose fitting fabric around the body.
HOW IS WEAR ON A WINGSUIT
Wear on wingsuits is similar to normal outdoor use. With an equivalent of about 30 skydives per flown hour.
For this reason the purpose built indoor suits are made from a heavier grade fabric, to allow a longer life span due to more active use.
IS THERE A DROPZONE NEARBY
Sweden has a dropzone within an hours drive.
CAN I FLY WITH A PARACHUTE INDOOR
For sure the tunnel will allow for a lot of other applications next to wingsuit flying. Ski-Jumping, (One Piece) Tracking are already among those things tested.
With more time and testing, any potential other uses discovered will of course be shared with our customers as soon as possible.
CAN I FLY A TRACKING SUIT INDOOR
We offer OnePiece tracking lessons, in demo suits of our (PF Onesie-Power) or any suit of your own choice that you bring. Customers wanting to do tracking do first need to demonstrate sufficient skill and control in the normal wingsuit progression, before we're able to switch to TrackSuits. Our training includes tracking specific progression and exercises aimed at people wanting to increase their skills envelope targeted at basejumping. At the moment we only are able to cater to OnePiece tracksuits, but once we start operating steeper flight angles ranging from 1:1 up to 1.5 we will also welcome classic 2 piece tracking suits to come and train.
CAN I BRING FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE TUNNEL
As we don’t want to turn the tunnel into a recirculating buffet, so we can’t allow any food items to be brought into the tunnel or onto the flight deck. Any food consumed should be consumed in the designated areas.
ARE JOBS OR COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE
For people with coaching in mind, there is at times active recruiting among the more current and active indoor wingsuit pilots with proven skills and experience in the inclined tunnel. Having experience in individual, 2 way and acrobatic flight in the actual environment you want to coach in is of utmost importance, so gaining as much experience as possible is a good first step towards becoming a coach yourself.
IS THE TUNNEL AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS & FILM PRODUCTIONS
The Indoor Wingsuit tunnel is available for commercial film projects, and can house a green-screen backdrop.
The tunnel can be leased for exclusive / closed access as well as training actors and/or models in advanced forms of flying as productions demand. Contact us for details.
WHERE IS THE TUNNEL
The tunnel is right next to the small (local) Bromma Airport in Stockholm, Sweden.
HOW TO GET TO THE TUNNEL
The tunnel can be reached by car, taxi or public transport and is located about 45 minutes from the Stockholm international aiport (ARN) and about 5 minutes from Bromma (BRN) airport.
ARE THERE HOTELS NEARBY
The Mornington hotel is within 5 minutes walking of the tunnel. Its a nice hotel with decent prices, and includes breakfast, sauna and other facilities.
Its important to realize the progression system and rules are there for your safety.
Its not possible to skip steps, regardless of previous experience, and skills not previously practiced and approved for solo practice by one of our coaches are not allowed. Customers ignoring rules and/or showcasing maneuvers not first approved and monitored by our coaches can have their sessions cancelled and forfeit their paid flight time.
The tunnel has a noise free observation deck for visitors. But for those going onto the flight deck and/or into the tunnel, noise protection is mandatory.
Foam (throw away) earplugs are supplied for free at both floors, and can be found at the front desk downstairs, or 'helmet cabinet' on the flight deck.
Please do not leave used earplugs lying around, and discard them into the trash bins found on all floors after use.
Once customers fly without the aid of the wire system, we have back protectors available. This is mandatory, and helps protect the more valuable body parts, should there be any contact with the walls or ceiling.
Indoor Wingsuit has a great safety record, but accidents can happen. Its possible to bring own backprotection. Backplates similar to those used for snowboarding suffice for tunnel use.
As we practice flying with a net on both sides, and walls and floors to possibly touch, we recommend the use of gloves. Though not mandatory, it provides a layer of protection and comfort thats always welcome.
Should you not have gloves yourself, we have gloves available for customers at request.
FACILITIES IN THE TUNNEL
The tunnel has a lounge with kitchen accessible to all Pro-Flyers, toilets and a shower (towels not available) and various supermarkets and restaurants close by. There is no food or drinks in the tunnel itself available. Please bring your own catering.