32 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
EVEN IF YOU WOULDN’T dare jump
out of a plane (or maybe you would but
are the work-your-way-up-to-it type), you
can feel the thrill of ;ying at iFLY Montgomery, a new indoor skydiving facility
Kids 3 and older and adults gear up
in ;ight suits, helmets and goggles and
attend “;ight school,” learning the hand
signals the instructor uses to guide
the ;ight (the peace sign means keep
your legs straight). Once trained, each
skydiver enters the 50-foot-tall glass-enclosed wind tunnel with an instructor for two aerial jaunts (each lasts one
minute), hovering roughly 4 to 6 feet
TAKE FLIGHT from the netting below. Opt for a high ;ight ($9.95 extra) and ascend about 15
feet in the tube with a guide by your side.
Esther Bates of Silver Spring surprised her grandchildren, 12 and 14,
with an iFLY outing while they were visiting during the summer. Her granddaughter, Gabby, liked that her ;ight didn’t
involve any of the big dips she’s experienced on roller coasters. “And my face
felt tingly in a good way,” she says.
Prices at iFLY, which is part of a
national chain, range from $79.95 for
two ;ights to $149.95 for ;ve ;ights.
iFLY Montgomery, 9400 Gaither Road,