The dream of flying...
...has been inherent in humans since time immemorial. The lightness with which birds move through the air, the fascination of cheating the laws of gravity, and the longing for freedom – all this continues to drive new developments in lifting our feet from the ground. Now the dream of flying is coming true – with FlyStation Munich, which opened in February. Professionals and amateurs aged four and older can use the facility without any previous experience. A two-minute flight is roughly equivalent to a parachute jump from 2.5 miles – but in a completely safe environment. Anyone wishing to fly can find all the information they need at www.flystationmunich.de
The whole building is full of technology serving both supply and control as well as safety. The Mainburg department was accordingly challenged with completing the comprehensive range of tasks. Starting with transformer stations and low voltage main distribution boards on the first floor. From there, a separate busbar for every two fans leads up to the third floor. Each leads into two frequency converters, which are used for stepless control of the speed of the fans. In this case, each of these converters is the size of a closet. "The size of these machine connections is unusual, even in the industrial sector," says department head Florian Maiwald, who is impressed. One challenge was designing the fire alarm system, which must also function in the airflow area. "FlyStation is certainly not a standard building. An optimal solution had to be worked out for many individual areas in close contact with planners and project managers," says Maiwald. "Special thanks go to our project manager Mario Pejic, who always had an eye on the individual services in Neufahrn and coordinated everything superbly."
TECHNOLOGY FOR FLYING
The combined airflow arrives in the glass tube at speeds of up to 186 mph via a sequence of deflector blades. The bodyflyer is lifted up and experiences the perfect simulation of freefalling. Once it reaches the top, the energy-rich air is returned to the circuit. This results in enormous energy savings compared to systems that are open at the top. The indoor skydiving facility's round flight chamber is 3.8 yards across and 21 yards high. Generating an airflow that can lift people requires enormous system dimensions. On each side of the building there are two 600 HP axial fans with a diameter of 3.8 yards. These allow air that is sucked in on the roof at a height of 36 yards to rush downward. On the first floor, the airflows from both sides are merged in the center of the building beneath the flight chamber. The combined airflow arrives in the glass tube at speeds of up to 186 mph via a sequence of deflector blades. The bodyflyer is lifted up and experiences the perfect simulation of freefalling. Once it reaches the top, the energy-rich air is returned to the circuit. This results in enormous energy savings compared to systems that are open at the top.
Clad busbars and other wiring run in the utility shaft.
Huge dimensions: Florian Maiwald next to the fans on one side of the building.
Two of four frequency converters for controlling the fans.
The low voltage sub-distribution is located on the first floor.