If you haven’t read my first post on iFly, this won’t make a whole lot of sense, so you might want to check that out if you are curious.
This time at iFly, Sani was my instructor; and, after quickly assessing my skills, he wasted no time in teaching me new ones. I was taught how to move forward by bringing my forearms in towards my shoulders, and then moving backward by bending my legs and straightening my arms.
I was also taught how to move up, which entailed pushing down on my arms. To go back down, I had to lift my arms and legs.
Turning involved a slight shift of my hands, turning the back of my hands towards the left to go counterclockwise, and right to go clockwise. To stop, I had to flatten them back out and keep my palms facing the floor.
All of these maneuvers require subtle moves to keep from going out of control. When I lifted my arms too far up, I landed on the floor of the tunnel. And, when I pushed down too far, Sani had to grab me to keep me from heading to the top of the tunnel.
Throughout my flights, another instructor was in the booth outside of the tunnel flashing me signals. At one point, he motioned to turn all the way in a circle, and then stop in front of him. I managed to nail my 360’s a lot better than my ups and downs! He flashed this on the computer screen: I’M PROUD OF YOU. That made me laugh! I was having such a great time!
For my last flight, Sani took me for spins up and down the tunnel that were a lot faster than last time. I screamed the entire time! Although it was exhilarating, I was glad he stopped when he did, because I was starting to lose my sense of direction, thanks to having Meniere’s, an inner ear disorder. My ears had reached their limit. Next time, I’ll have to ask him to stop in one place periodically, so I can regain my sense of where I am in the tunnel.
Next time? Yes, I’m going back!