Filmed at the official press launch of ParadropVR™ at iFLY Basingstoke, members of the British Army Freefall Parachute Regiment Display Team can be seen enjoying virtual reality paragliding attraction, ParadropVR

As the British Army’s Freefall Parachute Regiment Display Team, the Red Devils are all full time serving paratroopers who return to combat duties when required during their posting with the team. Who better to put the new virtual reality paragliding attraction to the test?

The team of adrenaline-junkies flew into iFLY Basingstoke this week and gave ParadropVR™ a resounding thumbs-up.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNXcCRGn4QA

iFLY Basingstoke General Manager, Tracy Goffin said:

“We’ve been delighted with the feedback from customers since launching ParadropVR™ at our centre. Now visitors can not only try their hand at indoor skydiving but also experience the sensation and freedom of paragliding – all under one roof! 

From nine year old kids to professional canopy flyers – they love the realistic flying experience and the skill-based game offers another layer of fun and competition.”

“As an operator, the spectator experience offered by ParadropVR™ is a big part of the appeal. As soon as visitors see guests on the ride, they want to have a go themselves. The fact you can see exactly what your friends and family are experiencing in virtual reality is a real draw.”

Frontgrid CEO, Matt Wells said:

We’re really grateful to the British Army’s Red Devils Freefall Parachute Display Team for giving up their time to come and fly ParadropVR™. It was great fun to see the guys competing against each other and trying to beat the high score!”

“As the world’s largest indoor skydiving company, it’s been great to work with the team at iFLY and hear the positive feedback from guests. We know from discussions with other leisure operators that there’s growing demand for immersive attractions which offer an active, skill-based experience that encourages repeat play.

We’ve been very encouraged by feedback since launching ParadropVR™ to the market last year, and look forward to announcing several exciting new global locations over the coming months.”

About ParadropVR

 

ParadropVR™ is a trademark of global adventure leisure and attractions specialists Frontgrid Ltd (Frontgrid.co.uk). The premium virtual reality attraction simulates flying a paraglider,  combining self-controlled physical movement, free roam virtual reality content and a skill-based game to encourage repeat visitation. 

Following an agreement with the world’s largest indoor skydiving company iFLY, a two unit installation of ParadropVR™ launched at iFLY Basingstoke in November 2018. Positioned as an extension to iFLY’s existing indoor skydiving offering, ParadropVR™ gives guests of all ages and abilities an opportunity to experience the thrill of paragliding in a safe and controlled environment.

 

The installation at iFLY Basingstoke has been fully customised and branded to provide a holistic brand experience to iFLY guests, including a leader board and spectator seating area.

iFLY guests can book the virtual reality paragliding experience online via the website, or purchase as an up-sell on the day. iFLY has also recently launched a package offer for parties and events, which it is promoting to schools and groups.

Available in configurations from 1-40+ seats, ParadropVR™ is a fully turnkey attraction suitable for a range of venues including theme parks, shopping malls, FECs and destination visitor attractions.

 

The world-first ParadropVR™ installation launched at Universe Science Park in Denmark in spring 2018, with subsequent installations at Merlin Entertainments’ The Bear Grylls Adventure and iFLY Basingstoke launching later in the year.

 

Frontgrid Ltd recently announced that it will be launching a ParadropVR City Flyer experience at the King Power Mahanakhon in Bangkok this summer, with further global locations due to be announced.

Contact Details 

ParadropVR

For further details, images and interview requests for ParadropVR™, please contact: Claire Hughes, Head of Communications at Frontgrid Ltd

 

Email: cdh@frontgrid.co.uk  | Tel: 07815 845 478

 

About iFLY indoor skydiving

 

iFLY, formerly known in the UK as Airkix, is the home of indoor skydiving with over 70 wind tunnels operating around the world.

 

The first purpose-built wind tunnel in the UK opened in Milton Keynes in October 2005. This was followed in 2009 by Manchester and in 2013 by Basingstoke. Anyone aged 3 -103 can experience the adrenaline-charged feeling of freefalling indoors within a safe environment.

 

iFLY works simply and safely. The wind tunnel circulates air into the flight chamber – the flyer simply leans forward into the wind (usually around 110mph) and assumes a horizontal flying position.

 

iFLY consistently scores an average satisfaction rating of around 95% in the post flight survey and all three tunnels hold the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018.

 

The iFLY Paraflight Virtual Reality experience is currently available at Basingstoke and will be added to Manchester and Milton Keynes soon.

 

For iFLY press enquiries please contact: ifly@speedcomms.com / 0117 973 3300

 

 

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