Frequently Asked Questions
Total project costs will depend on a variety of factors including the tunnel model, the value of the real estate, and the form of construction (standalone or integrated within a larger project such as a shopping center). We have seen these projects come together in the range of $5M-$10M; some of which will be technology cost, some of which will be construction.
Tunnel ‘size’ is measured by the diameter of the flight chamber. Smaller tunnels are generally geared towards entertainment users while larger tunnels attract sport and military flyers as well. The most commonly constructed wind tunnel is 14 foot / 4.26 meter in diameter. This size is also the global standard for indoor skydiving competitions.
This will depend on the tunnel size. It is important to know that first time flyers will only fly one at a time with an instructor.
We artificially limit the wind speed to 275 km/h (171 mph) for safety reasons. This speed is more than enough for even the most experienced flyers to perform the most advanced maneuverers.
As an owner and operator of over 40 locations, we have a great deal of experience in identifying great sites. We will share that knowledge and experience with you to help you find the best location and ultimately the decision will always be yours to make. For an overview of what markets are available, please refer to our Available Markets page.
It’s easy. Let us know you’re interested by filling out our “Contact Us” form. As the most recognized and largest brand for indoor skydiving, there are many benefits to being part of our global family.
We would love for you to become an iFLY Franchise. Of course, we recognize that in some instances a tunnel will operate under an independent name. Even when our technology is being integrated into an existing or new brand, there are opportunities to co-brand such as “RipCord by iFLY” as seen on five Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
Your project timeline will depend on multiple factors including the tunnel size, local permit approval processes, and scale of construction. A modular tunnel is designed to come together in a matter of weeks. Prototypical, custom, and other fully constructed facilities can come together in less than a year or potentially take longer depending on the nature of the project.
Technology cost will vary depending on the tunnel size and model. Modular tunnels are designed to be a low-cost solution better suited for smaller markets. Tunnel owners interested in larger markets may wish to consider a more permanent facility which requires a more comprehensive tunnel solution.
Construction costs will depend on the tunnel size and model. A modular tunnel is designed to have minimal construction and will likely be installed in a matter of weeks. Whereas our permanent facilities will require more construction, the cost of which will depend on your building design. We offer a significant amount of support to help you bring these projects together as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
As part of our contracts, iFLY provides you with a project manager specialist throughout the process. iFLY has a team of engineers specializing in tunnel construction with experience commissioning multiple tunnels throughout the world. We have a significant amount of technical information to share with you and your team throughout key milestones of your project.
Franchisees are offered a discount on the technology price in exchange for future royalties. We do not provide loan financing.
Depending on the market location and model, we can support your team from turn-key solutions to simply providing construction supervisors.
We accept a manufacturing deposit at the time of contract signing with the remaining balance to be paid prior to shipment.
We have a variety of royalty arrangements which can be discussed during the contract phase.
In addition to the upfront technology discount that our royalty model provides, you will also be given permission to use our global brand benefitting from our extensive operational, sales, and marketing experience. Becoming a franchisee with royalty allows us to serve as a partner vested in the profitability of your business.
Working with iFLY, you will be able to tap into over 20 years of safe and profitable operational experience. As the owner-operator of nearly half of the 89 tunnels iFLY has built, we know what it takes to run a successful business. We’ve learned from mistakes along the way resulting in a more tried and true franchise model for you. All tunnels must be operated by qualified staff and we provide you with training for instructors and management.
Your iFLY franchise can be included in national and international campaigns. For example, when we engaged on a campaign with Universal and DreamWorks for the film ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, all of our US tunnels, including franchisees, exercised the option to join. This was backed by an advertising spend (at our cost) of almost $1M.
We can assist in matters related to SEO & SEM, Social Media and best practice on online advertising. We can also provide a tunnel-launch marketing guideline that will assist you with ideas for launching your new business.
iFLY does not provide marketing at a local level as even within our corporate owned-units, local marketing is exercised by the local management team.
Your franchise purchase includes training for up to seven (7) instructors. You can hire from the open market, especially for more experienced instructors, or you may wish to add extra instructors into the training program for an additional cost. Depending on your opening hours and revenue projections, we generally recommend a total of 8-12 full time instructors of varying levels.
When you buy your first tunnel from iFLY, we include a five-day management program for up to 2 General Manager or Assistant General Manager positions (for experienced managers). We can add up to two more for an additional cost.
Most iFLY franchisees operate their location independently. Alternatively, we can arrange a management contract with you to run the tunnel on your behalf.
In a normal year, you should have no need to halt operations for maintenance and we would anticipate you to spend in the range of $15K-$25K for maintenance such as servicing fans, motors, VFDs, chillers etc. Some tunnel owners prefer for iFLY Tunnel Systems to oversee ongoing maintenance and we are able to provide an estimate for this service upon further review of the requirements.
As part of your iFLY Tunnel Systems technology, you receive 24/7 monitoring of your motors for the life of your machine. This allows us to keep an eye on the equipment and give you forewarning of any potential issues. If you need service support, we work with you to keep your tunnel running.
iFLY designs and builds our tunnels to the highest quality and specifications. iFLY facilities are fully compliant with the ASTM International F1193-15-Standard. We support all our customers in acquiring the appropriate permits in their territories. We have never had a project fail during this process.
Safety is our highest priority and as the innovator of modern indoor skydiving, we have never compromised in our focus to develop superior technology designed to provide a safe experience for all flyers. Our mission is to Deliver the Dream of Flight to everyone. We concentrate on making sure that visitors can participate in a truly adventurous sport while doing everything in our power to keep you, your staff and your customers totally safe. No other wind tunnel manufacturer comes close, from our Fortress lock-out systems that keep everyone away from moving parts, to our operational standards written for our retail enterprise that serves approximately two million visitors per year. iFLY employs a full-time Safety Team who cover every aspect of safety. We created the original training systems and supported the launch of the International Bodyflight Association (IBA), whose sole job is to set training processes, to provide ratings, and to monitor flight safety.
As safety is our highest priority, tunnels designed by iFLY utilize proprietary technology that provides safe descent in the event of a power failure.
Depending on the location, market, size of your tunnel, project cost and a variety of factors, tunnels can deliver an ROI in the range of 3 – 5 years. Our modular tunnels could potentially deliver a faster ROI.
We target around 40,000 flyers per year at our company owned locations.
You can fly up to 26 first time flyers per hour.
Ticket pricing is very much dependent on the local market. We have tools to help you decide how to set pricing that include factors such as peak hours of the day, week, and year.
Yes. We will share an extensive business forecasting tool with you.
Any buyer who wishes to commit to a country will be expected to develop the entire territory in-line with our business growth expectations. This will require a financial and contractual agreement. In most cases, it is far easier for a buyer to focus on building and successfully operating their first tunnel and then to expand the business from there.
We offer an area of protection called a territory restriction, within which another iFLY cannot be built. We want your business to succeed!