Indoor Skydiving Lands in Virginia Beach
- Feb 20, 2015
Virginia now has its very own vertical wind tunnel: the newly opened iFLY Va Beach Indoor Skydiving, which brings the world’s most advanced wind tunnel technology to Virginia Beach.
Located at 2412 Pacific Ave., the $7 million facility has 19,000 square feet of space and features a 14-foot diameter, 48-foot tall, climate-controlled recirculating flight chamber powered by four fans that create variable wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour. No parachutes are required.
According to Virginia Beach officials, the project has created six full-time jobs, including two positions filled with service-disabled veterans. By this summer, the facility is expected to employ a 30-person team.
The entertainment venue is the first of three initiatives planned for the 2.1-acre site on Pacific Avenue and 25th Street. The city is working with the Breeden Co. to develop a former parking lot into a $35 million multifamily project and a $10 million parking structure with 598 spaces, 340 of which will be allotted for public use.
The residential development is scheduled to open this summer. Called Aqua on 25th Street, it will feature 147 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments, as well as a pool, rooftop decks and a fitness center. The parking garage is expected to cost $10 million.