Paragliding without ever leaving the ground (sort of).
Ever wanted to try a more extreme sport than football or some casual fishing? Paragliding could be one such avenue to explore, made even easier by the fact that iFLY Basingstoke now has a virtual reality (VR) simulator to practice on called Paraflight VR.
I this sounds familiar then it’s because they reported on developer Frontgrid’s ParadropVR coming to iFLY Basingstoke earlier in the year – looks like there’s been a rebrand.
Having made its debut during the summer at Brighton Palace Pier, Paraflight VR will be a permanent fixture at iFLY Basingstoke, offering guests a true hands-on VR experience. To make it as realistic as possible Paraflight VR hooks guests into a paragliding harness where they can hold onto two handles to control their direction. The simulator can move up and down depending on air currents. A sense of speed is created as jets blow air into the face of the rider as they steer their paraglider through steep mountainous valleys as well as other jaw-dropping landscapes, zones and worlds, whilst trying to collect points. These go onto a scoreboard so they can see how well they’ve done against other players.
“We’re really excited to add Paraflight VR to our visitor offer here at iFLY Basingstoke. Now visitors cannot only try their hand at indoor skydiving but also experience the sensation and freedom of paragliding – all under one roof!,” said Tracy Goffin, iFLY Basingstoke General Manager in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming all those adrenaline junkies out there to experience an action-packed day out this Autumn!”
The experience consists of an introductory flight to help visitors become accustomed to the environment and the controls of the game, followed by the full gameplay experience which allows the individual to fly, compete with others and begin collecting points. Pricing is determined by when you want to go: Off Peak £9.99 / Prime £12.99 / Super Prime £14.99 GBP.