Freefall Upwards with Skydive Dubai and GliderFX
Back in March the GliderFX team brought us up and kicked us out over the Palm and the Desert Campus, and now they’re back at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus to do it all again from December 6 to 11 and for the duration of the Dubai Winter Festival!
Whether you are a skydiver or not, everyone can participate. Non-skydivers can go for an aerobatic flight and experienced skydivers can opt to be ejected from the glider.
“It’s the most acrobatic two seater glider ever, ever, ever!” according to GliderFX pilot Guy Westgate. The glider has a 14 metre wingspan, top speed of 175 miles per hour, and reach G-forces of +9 to negative 6!
The aerobatic glider flight (for non-skydivers) is a high-speed thrill ride that barrel rolls, loops and twists across the sky, so even if you’re not a skydiver and above the minimum age of 14 (by Gregorian calendar), you can feel the g-forces on the ultimate roller coaster flight!
Skydiving from a glider is definitely a unique type of exit. You don’t even have to jump, the glider pilot will ‘eject’ you and you’ll actually begin a freefall ascent (yes, freefalling upwards!) of about 100 miles per hour before gravity takes over!
As the freefall ascent slows, you’ll experience a stasis, momentarily suspended in the air, before beginning your freefall descent. During your freefall and under canopy the pilot – an eight-time national aerobatic champion and double world record holder – can even come and ‘play’ by performing fly-bys!
All glider skydives also include the raw video footage from the wing and the chassis, you can of course bring your own helmet-mounted cameras and handi-cams for that first person ‘ejection’ point of view.
For glider skydives a minimum of a B licence and 100 skydives is required. Wingsuit jumps from the glider are only permitted with direct permission from dropzone management or the chief instructor.
Aerobatic Glider flights are AED 850, while glider skydives booked before December 26 are AED 1,500. Last minute bookings are not discounted and will set you back AED 1,750. GliderFX retains the right to refuse customers who do not adhere to requirements.
It’s the ultimate roller coaster ride in the sky, and whether you want to go for a ride, or get propelled from the passenger seat you can get in on the action!
It’s “one of the most amazing skydives I have experienced so far,” said Shavon Simpson after her ‘ejection’ at the Desert Campus.
The gliders are at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus all this week until December 11, and they’ll be back again during Winter Fest. Book your flight or ejection now for this week or pre-book for Dubai Winter Festival.
At A Glance
GliderFX is offering flights to non-skydivers and experienced skydivers at the Desert Campus only from December 7 to 11 to December 27 to January 5.
Experienced (Licenced) Skydivers Requirements for the glider skydive option
B-licence or equivalent and 100 jumps
Any Wingsuit jumps must get permission from the Desert Campus or Chief Instructor prior
Jump flight booked before December 26… AED1500
Jump flight booked after December 26… AED1750
For the non-skydiver aerobatic flight option
Minimum age is 14 (Gregorian calendar)
Max height allowed is 6ft 2inches
Aerobatic flight… AED850
Cash only (UAE Dirhams)
Please contact the GliderFX team directly via the form below for more information and to book.
About Skydive Dubai
Skydive Dubai, featured in the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, the Daily Mail, CNN and more, is home to two of the world’s premier skydiving locations, and has been at the forefront of excellence in the sport of skydiving for a number of years. From First Jump Courses (FJC) where beginners learn to skydive solo, to world-class events, VIP packages, stunts, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Skydive Dubai has something for everyone. Begin your “Life in the Sky” with Skydive Dubai!
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March 03, 2017
The flight school at the Desert Campus will be hosting the next XRW Wingsuit skills camp today to promote safe flying techniques, and to teach the necessary skills for wingsuit pilots to perform technical cross-discipline skydives with an experienced canopy pilot.
To maintain the highest levels of safety, wingsuit pilots must have the pre-requisite skills to fly in a controlled and safe manner in formation with other wingsuiters and canopy pilots.
All pilots will need clearance from the flight school wingsuit coach before the event to participate.
Sign up by contacting wingsuit coach directly while at the dropzone this week, or log on to the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus Experienced Skydiver Briefing page and choose the ‘XRW wingsuit camp’ option. http://www.skydivedubai.ae/experienced/breifings.html
Don’t forget to share your photos from the skills camp on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #skydivedubai.
There is always free admission to watch skydivers land from our café’s terrace. Join the fun, chill-out, and experience the vibe at Skydive Dubai Desert Campus.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BECOME A LICENSED SKYDIVER?
The first thing you need to do is take our Accelerated Free Fall Course (AFF). Afterwards you work towards you’re A (25 jumps), B (100 jumps), C (200 jumps) and D (500 jumps) license by fulfilling the requirements for each.