Indoor flying facility gets go-ahead
The company – a joint venture between SkyVenture International which manufactures iFLY wind tunnels and Auckland couple Emma and Gary Beyer – believes iFLY Queenstown will appeal to everybody who’s ever dreamt of flying.
Emma Beyer was on the British skydiving team that won the 2006 world champs, while her husband Gary is a former world champion and 18-time US champion.
Clients float on a column of air rising five metres above the ground and anyone above the age of 4 can have a go!
The $15M facility will be built on Brecon St in Queenstown’s CBD on the tourism corridor to the Skyline gondola.
“It means that people can come to it very easily, when they’re just milling around in town, and it’s the kind of thing that it doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing” says Emma Beyer
Arrow is working with project managers Peak Projects on the designs development. It involves an 8 metre deep basement and wind turbines that sit on top of the building. The turbines blow air around the building, into the basement and then project it up through the center of the building to create a ‘flight chamber’. The wind tunnel and most of the technology for the project will come from Texas.
The Queenstown building design, drawn up by local Walker Commercial Architects is unlike any of the other 30 iFLY sites around the world.
Emma Beyer says: “It has to be, because Queenstown’s a unique place – we respect the fact that it’s got to fit in with the environment and it’s got to look nice. We’re very proud of the way this facility looks.”
Construction is due to start in 3 months and it’s expected to open in early 2017. To receive regular updates visit the iFLY New Zealand website