Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
SkyVenture, the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturer of vertical wind tunnels for indoor skydiving, announced today it has been awarded the contract to deliver a free fall simulator facility for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, allowing US soldiers to train realistically for free fall operations.
The Special Operations Forces Free Fall Simulator Facility will be built at Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. It will feature a 16.4-diameter, 2000 HP wind tunnel—the largest available in the world, and ideal for military training and professional skydivers. The general contractor is Pilkington Commercial, of Yuma.
“We are very pleased to be working with the US government and Pilkington Commercial on this project,” said Tyler Andrews, project manager at SkyVenture. “This will be a state-of-the-art facility, using the most efficient and reliable wind-tunnel design in the world.”
The two-floor facility will feature a flight chamber with all-glass walls at ground level and SkyVenture’s patented wall-to-wall airflow, creating a large enough training space for up to eight people to belly-fly at once. It will be powered by four high-efficiency axial fans mounted in the upper leg of the tunnel, the optimum location for safety, efficiency and durability. The facility will also include SkyVenture’s active cooling system that will maintain a comfortable flying temperature of 75 degrees F regardless of outside temperatures.
Target completion for the project is December of 2013.
SkyVenture is the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturer of vertical wind tunnels. Twenty-three SkyVenture tunnels currently operate in nine countries around the world in commercial, entertainment, professional skydiver training, and military training venues. SkyVenture’s unique designs, innovative technologies and well-known brands are patented and trademarked in over 138 countries.
The company has built and is building tunnels in the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Russia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Australia and Brazil. SkyVenture tunnels currently operate in some of the hottest deserts (four in UAE, one in Spain, one in Arizona), in the coldest regions (Moscow, New Hampshire & Montreal), and at some of the highest elevations (2300 meters above sea level in Malaysia) in the world.
Stuart Wallock, 512.351.7767, pr(at)skyventure(dot)com