Metro Detroiters interested in what it feels like to skydive without the risk to life and limb, can make their way to iFLY World in Novi starting July 24.
The indoor skydiving complex, located at 26975 Adell Center Dr. in Novi, (near I-96 and Novi Road) will offer people of all ages and abilities to feel the “power and thrill of flight” without jumping out of a plane. Guests float on a cushion of air in a vertical wind tunnel to experience “bodyflight.”
Once inside the wind tunnel, guests can comfortably lean into a cushion of air and take off.
“As the first iFLY to open in Michigan, this facility is the most innovative tunnel in the world and will attract the novice, as well as very accomplished flyers,” says Bob Ash, general manager of iFLY Detroit. “We fully anticipate people from around the world will come to Detroit to experience the Gen 9 technology, which makes this an exemplary tunnel.”
iFLY joins Texas Roadhouse, Planet Fitness, and Carvana on the Adell Center site formerly occupied by the Novi Expo Center and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The property has been under construction since 2019 and iFLY is part of a planned entertainment district slated to include two hotels and additional restaurants.
iFLY says it will adhere to current CDC health protocols. All instructors are trained and guests must complete a training course prior to flight. Proper gear, including a flight suit, helmet, and goggles, are provided as part of the package.
iFLY was launched in 1998 and has grown to 80 tunnels worldwide including more than 30 U.S. cities, France, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, and Great Britain. The specially designed vertical wind tunnel is used not only for recreational flights, but also to train athletes and military personnel.
The iFLY recirculating system uses four fans positioned for optimum air flow; driving the air around in a simple and efficient loop that allows for smooth and comfortable bodyflight. It also is eco-friendly, requiring less than a third of the power used by a traditional horizontal wind tunnel running at full speed.
Hours of operation will be Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. According to the company’s website, the price for an introductory experience that offers two flights is $84.99. For more information, visit here.
iFLY Detroit is owned and managed by ProParks Attractions Group, a privately held attractions company that acquires, develops, and manages waterparks, and family entertainment centers.