IFly Indoor Skydiving wants to open an Overland Park center.
The company is in negotiations to build a 6,000-square-foot building — 60 feet tall — in the Met at 435 shopping center at 10975 Metcalf Ave. If the deal is completed it would open in late 2015.
The company was founded in 1998 in Orlando, Florida and now has 35 locations and a history of more than 6 million fliers. It says anyone from ages 3 to 103 can feel the rush of freefall skydiving without having to jump out of a plane.
Customers have a brief training session, then they are outfitted with a jumpsuit, helmet and goggles before entering a wind tunnel with their certified instructor.
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First-timers will float on a column of air and learn basic flying skills, including moving forward and back and turning. On additional visits, customers can progress to group flying and even advanced aerial gymnastic maneuvers.
Customers of iFly include families, companies for team-building events, skydivers who want to improve their skills and military service members learning to skydive.
The company said it uses a number of U.S. and international patents to create the skydiving experience. Four high-efficiency axial fans are mounted at the top of the building to channel air through a 14-foot-wide circular glass flight chamber.
The column of air extends fully from one wall of the glass flight chamber to the other and supports fliers as they float, spin, turn and move in all three dimensions.
The business will have 25 to 30 employees.
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A spokeswoman said the company has not started construction on the former Cheeseburger in Paradise spot so no opening date was available.
But it doesn’t sound like it will be soon since she said to check back every few months.
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