LEARN TO SOAR INDOORS AT VEGAS INDOOR SKYDIVING


High-flying attraction generates a supercharged thrill…

With all of the technology at our disposal, virtual reality has become an everyday norm. If you can dream it, you can (almost) live it. But long before we were able to strap on electronic gloves and headsets, there was Vegas Indoor Skydiving. And it’s so much more than a simulation.

Nestled in an easy-to-find location between the Strip’s famous Peppermill Restaurant and Las Vegas Convention Center, Vegas Indoor Skydiving has been a must-do destination to thrill seekers for 37 years. The only attraction of its kind in Las Vegas, V.I.S. allows you to defy gravity and experience the sensation of a free-fall without the need for a parachute, tandem partner or airplane.

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Previous flyers return again and again while great online testimonials lure newbies from around the world. General Manager Dave McMahan is excited that his facility and expertly-trained staff are able to provide guests with such a “uniquely Vegas” adventure.

We are proud to be operating the nation’s first indoor skydiving facility, which opened in 1982. Customer service is our #1 focus after safety and it’s always great to hear when we hit the mark.

Safety is indeed the top consideration here. Keep in mind that this is a sport, not a ride or simulator. Candidates must be in good health and meet specified weight/height guidelines (based on aerodynamics) in order to fly. You must also be free from influence of drugs/alcohol and with no history of neck/back/shoulder injuries. Just like in traditional skydiving, guests must sign a waiver before proceeding to the instruction phase.

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Prior to suiting up, you’ll watch a short video that teaches you various body positions and movements that will be used throughout. Since the turbine generates an air stream (up to 120 mph) at very high decibels, earplugs are required…and that necessitates communicating with your instructor via hand signals. You’ll need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of every protocol before donning your goggles, specially-designed flight suit and helmet and heading into the vertical wind tunnel.

McMahan knows that participating in sports of this nature are a great way to bond with friends and family. And learning something new together makes it even more special.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving  is one of the most unique attractions in Las Vegas. It’s for people of all ages to enjoy. The possibilities are endless in the wind tunnel, but the coolest trick is teaching other people how to fly.

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            General Manager Dave McMahan (right) at V.I.S. annual charity Tunnel Jam

Like any physical activity, there is a period of awkwardness when you begin. The “Learn To Fly” session helps you to adapt to the intense winds while you earn your wings, so to speak. The “Fly for 5” package is designed for advanced types and return visitors, giving you extra time to test out more daring maneuvers. Family packages (up to 5) and group parties (up to 20 participants) can be arranged for any special occasion.

No matter what session you choose, your instructor will always be at your side. He or she will assist you in maintaining balance and soaring up and down. They’ll also demonstrate how to perform amazing spins and flips. You can even lock hands with the instructor and your companions to take flight  

The facility itself is a veritable museum. Click HERE to continue via BestOfVegas.com…

 

 

Vegas Indoor Skydiving opens daily at 9:30 am. Closing times and holiday hours vary. Sessions take place every 30 minutes. Ample free parking is provided.

Photos: Sam Novak, Vegas Indoor Skydiving

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Rule The Skies with Vegas Flight Experiences at ‘All In Aviation’


Unique flight school will have you piloting a real aircraft in just one session…

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Las Vegas is the place where bucket-list dreams come true. From sunrise hot-air balloon rides over the desert to high-speed motor vehicle thrills…if you can dream it, you can live it. For those who’ve fantasized about flying over Vegas, a unique Vegas-based flight school will have you aloft and navigating in less than one hour.

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All In Aviation is an innovative flight school that offers the ultimate in hands-on lessons. This is no 3D simulation or stuffy classroom experience. In one self-contained session, you’ll take the pilot’s seat of a Cirrus aircraft, radio the control tower for clearance and rise high into the skies.

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It’s important to stress that All In Aviation is not a tour service but an actual, functioning school. They offer a variety of professional services from recurrent and emergency training to commercial pilot instruction. AIA is the only Cirrus Aircraft training partner in southern Nevada. Planes are available for hourly rental to qualified pilots and their AIA Club provides special discounts and VIP Concierge Service to members.

The only way to truly appreciate what AIA offers is to schedule a lesson for yourself. They have one location at North Las Vegas Airport and another in Henderson that will soon move into a large new facility. This writer visited the Henderson Executive Airport office where I met with President and pilot/instructor Paul Sallach. Mr. Sallach led me through each step of the personalized flight from greeting to farewell.

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Along for my inaugural flight were Tess Bridell, Director of Business Operations and Gina Yager, Head of Public Relations. The fact that these vital members of the All In Aviation team put their lives in my hands emphasizes the extreme safety protocols they observe…and the stunning features of their Cirrus aircraft fleet.

The Cirrus line is the best selling brand of private planes on the market. Built of lightweight composite material with large glass windscreens, Garmin navigation, plush leather seats and air-conditioned cabins, the Cirrus are as comfortable as they are safe. What makes them especially unique is that each plane is equipped with a parachute that can lower it back to land after an unexpected mishap or emergency.

 

My adventure began at the hangar, with Mr. Sallach taking me through the pre-flight checklist. We examined the fuel and oil levels, checked the flaps and ailerons, confirmed that the electrical, navigation and communication systems were operating within parameters….and then the real excitement began.

Mr. Sallach explained the letters and numbers of the plane and runways, how other traffic figured into our flight path and coached my radio communications with the control tower. Within minutes, we were cleared for take-off and accelerating down the runway towards a smooth, thrilling ascent.

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My instructor was always monitoring my movements and manning a second set of controls in the adjacent seat. Once we flew over the Henderson area, beyond a ridge of mountains and towards Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, my confidence grew and I was able to enjoy the stunning sights below and around us.

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My two backseat passengers recorded the take-off and subsequent landing on their cellphones (there is no additional charge for a companion or two to join you), and you’ll be able to snap some selfies and scenic shots of your own. A camera mounted inside the cabin will record everything in high definition for a permanent keepsake of your journey.

Once we passed Lake Mead and into the open desert, I was encouraged to “open her up” and attempt some daring lifts, dives and tilts. The Cirrus is almost goof-proof, allowing such maneuvers to be made with relative ease. The on-board navigation system functions much like those on newer automobiles. Automatic leveling, speed and altitude controls ensure you won’t push things too far. If you can drive a car, you can try this plane.

Soon it was time to turn around and head back to the airport. We received our landing instructions and Mr. Sallach assisted me in bringing the plane to a picture-perfect landing. Then it was back to the office to receive a certificate representing my official entry in the company’s flight log.

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The entire All-In experience lasted under two hours, but it’s one that this “pilot” will never forget.

For more information or to schedule your flight, call 702.255.4622 or visit allinaviation.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘ESCAPE FROM AREA 51’ BRINGS EXTRATERRESTRIAL BATTLES TO VEGAS


Las Vegas thrill-seekers have plenty of ways to stimulate their adrenaline pump. From skydiving to helicopter rides to a high-speed chase attraction with real police vehicles, the possibilities are endless. Now Apocalypse Vegas has added what may be the wildest adventure of them all – Escape from Area 51 – The Special Ops Experience.

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The timing couldn’t be better for this all-in attraction. With so much attention being focused on that secretive military base in the desert, conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts have been going wild over attempts to storm the area. Escape from Area 51 gives you the chance to do it in a safe, controlled environment with real members of the military. 

 

Escape from Area 51 is anything but a hastily-designed tie-in. It’s the latest offering from Apocalypse Vegas, a top-rated attraction that’s been in operation for more than four years. Housed in a massive warehouse facility near Palms Casino, it contains a full-scale mock-up of a town under siege by alien forces.

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             Brett Sullard does his best “Col. Dutch Schaefer” from the film PREDATOR…

In order to save the citizens…and the planet…you’ll be trained in the use of military-style Airsoft firearms, learn how to collect intel, kick through doors, secure perimeters and retrieve an element that’s the key to winning the battle. But the aliens aren’t about to give up their power source willingly, so prepare to use force!

 

What gives Apocalypse Vegas its extreme realism is that your Operations Team Leaders (OTL’s) are genuine veterans of Special Forces. Members of the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force operations guide you through the assault from mission briefing to the actual attack.

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The 90-minute experience is fully immersive, enhanced with Hollywood-style sound effects and explosive lighting, full-scale sets and a scenario that places you at the center of a big-budget action film.

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                          Susie Q. joins us to celebrate after saving the planet…

Event coordinator Susie Q. Munoz is proud that Apocalypse Vegas provides military veterans with a new way to use their talents and skill sets:

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Photos: Apocalypse Vegas, Sam Novak, Brett Sullard

Immersive Experiences To Blow Your Mind


Why just watch entertainment when you can be a part of it?

With the drop in revenue from gambling and a huge reduction in the number of production shows in existence, it’s clear that Vegas visitors are seeking new ways to be excited. People want to be immersed in an experience…that’s why the Big Apple Coaster at New York NY now offers a virtual-reality headset option (for a $5 upcharge) to go with the traditional ride.

But in this age of higher/bigger/faster, that 22-year-old thrill ride is still just a new twist on something that’s been around awhile. So let’s take a look at some newer adventures to throw yourself into…and one or two that might actually require you to turn on your mind.

Go Faster

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Who doesn’t love the rush of adrenaline? Well you can get your share and a whole lot more at Police Chase LV. Buckle into a real Las Vegas cruiser and take off after skilled “getaway drivers” on a expertly-designed course at the LV Motor Speedway. Your highly-trained instructor will be strapped into the passenger seat and actually encouraging you to drive faster and be more daring. There are no limits except for the ones you put on yourself.

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SpeedVegas offers a real racetrack experience for the exotic car enthusiast. Pick your Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche and rip down an extra-long 1.5 mile racetrack designed by a team of international experts. Off-road racing and “drifting experiences” are available, too. The 35-million-dollar SpeedVegas private facility is only ten minutes away from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and near the gorgeous M Resort and Casino.

Soar Higher

Things are looking up for those who long to reach new heights. There are plenty of immersive adventures to lift you to the clouds and return you safely back to earth. Skydiving enthusiasts are especially lucky, as there are a number of services to take you higher.

My personal nod goes to Sin City Skydiving, located south of the Strip on the way to Primm at the California State Line. A scenic 20-minute drive (transportation is offered) takes you to a small airport where you’ll receive instructions prior to a tandem jump with an expert. Click HERE to read about my jump and how you can arrange yours.

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If the idea of plunging towards the Earth seems a little severe, perhaps a graceful hot air balloon excursion? On mornings when the air is calm and clear, colorful balloons rise all around my neighborhood and fill the sky. Vegas Balloon Rides offers hour-long weekday morning rides with views of the Strip and Red Rock Mountains for only $169.

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Sail like a bird over the Hoover Dam and swoop like an eagle over the river and summits of the Grand Canyon with Serenity Helicopters. A five-star experience that sets it above other helicopter adventures, Serenity boasts a perfect safety record and a personalized experience to make that excursion the one you’ll remember for a lifetime. You can read all about my Sunset Grand Canyon Tour and Dinner with Serenity Helicopters by clicking HERE.

Cook With A Celebrity Chef

Local “Pampered Chefs” Bring the Excitement of Italy to Your Home

Cooking shows and celebrity chefs…two great tastes that taste great together. Why watch them passively from your television set when you can be a part of it? Pampered Chef is a clever concept in which chefs from some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas help you to host a cooking party.

Gather your family and friends into the kitchen of your home, timeshare or hotel suite and join Chef Piero Barbagallo as he and his fellow culinary experts teach you how to create a masterful dish from scratch. With simple ingredients, the right tools and a little flair, you’ll be on your way to bringing world famous dishes to your own table. Read more about Pampered Chef by following this LINK.

Discover Your Inner Wizard

The best way to figure out a mystery is to observe it very closely. So if you want to uncover the secrets of the dark arts (and channel your inner Harry Potter), enter The Magician’s Study. Once inside, you’ll discover a world of mystery and astonishment. An expert magician will sit down with you and a few other invited guests for an intimate evening of up-close illusions.

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                                     Is this The Magician’s Study? 

Your host must remain a secret, but he or she is an internationally-known and charismatic entertainer. The speakeasy-style events are also shared in a unique way:

I have crafted this to be a unique experience where guests feel special being able to attend something so secretive and highly exclusive that not just anyone can purchase tickets to. Guests pass along their code word like passing along a secret to others, allowing them to experience the evening.

This writer isn’t about to give away what I’ve learned, so if you’d like to peek behind the magic curtain, it’s yours to discover. You can also reach out by calling 702.934.2481 or emailing info@themagiciansstudy.com.

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There’s another way to see up-close magic here in Vegas. This one is more of a traditional show….yet you’ll still be mere feet away from the performers. Hollywood Stars of Magic has a rotating roster of top-of-their-game illusionists. Hosted by Vegas prestidigitator Tim Wise at the charming Royal Resort (near Las Vegas Convention Center) Hollywood Stars of Magic will baffle your mind. You’ll be so close that can reach out and touch. Showtimes are every Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and it’s appropriate for all ages.

Escape With Your Life

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We know it’s hard to think clearly under pressure. But what if you’re trying to save your skin and the clock is running out? Escape rooms are the latest way to experience the thrill of suspense and mystery movies without actually perishing in a booby trap.

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           Creator Jason Egan and actor Tobin Bell, the iconic “Jigsaw” himself…

The most cleverly-crafted Las Vegas escape room recreates chilling and gory hazards of a wildly popular horror franchise. Saw Escape Room is brought to life by Jason Egan, the brilliant artist behind Circus Circus Fright Dome. Endorsed by Lionsgate Studio (makers of the SAW films) and star Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Saw Escape Room was ranked #1 in the nation last year by readers of USA Today.

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If none of those things strike your fancy, there are plenty of other “out there” options, from a Scavenger Hunt at Area 51 to Stripper 101 classes and even Blackout Dining In the Dark.

So the next time one of your friends says “Let’s do something different in Vegas” you can be the clever one with all the suggestions.

 

 

 

 

Break The Rules (and the Speed Limit) at Police Chase LV


CHiPs actor Erik Estrada puts you in the driver’s seat for a real cops-and-robbers pursuit…

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“So, do you wanna be the bad guy or the good guy?” instructor Greg Ladner asked me as we walked towards an assortment of  high-powered vehicles. My eyes centered on a shiny Las Vegas Police Department cruiser. “A good guy, of course” I responded.

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Who wouldn’t want to rip down the asphalt in an authentic black and white, sirens blaring and adrenaline pumping? Add in the fact that I’d be chasing a highly-skilled “bad guy” trying to make his getaway in a pumped-up red sports car…..and you’ve got the makings of the most high-octane attraction since SPEED: The Ride at Sahara’s NASCAR Cafe. 

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                               Myself with trained driver Tony Acevedo…

Police Chase LV is a brand new experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s the only attraction of its kind in the United States, making it a uniquely Las Vegas experience. Genuine retired police vehicles, prison transport buses and jacked-up getaway cars immerse you in your favorite action movie. This is no sanitized, kid-friendly ride with speed limits and actors. The cops are real and so are the getaway drivers.

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The action at Police Chase LV is intense…cop chatter on the radio and blaring sirens remind you that this is no ordinary thrill. You’ll be encouraged to punch the pedal to the floor and take those curves as fast as you can! If you visit on the right days, TV’s own CHiPs star Erik Estrada will be there to greet you and get you started on becoming a make-believe cop or robber.

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If you’re worried about safety…and you have every reason to be…rest assured that protecting their participants is the number one priority at Police Chase LV (having a blast comes a close second). You’ll be required to attend a thorough seminar presented by highly trained instructors like Norman “Doc” Halliday. Then Estrada returns via video to provide additional information on the can’s and cant’s, what to expect on the course and how to maximize both safety and thrills.

Drivers must be at least eighteen years of age with a valid license. You will be required to sign a waiver before participating and not be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. You’ll be under the constant supervision of your professional companion and must abide by their instructions.

     The good guys – Doc Halliday, Gred Ladner, Tony Acevedo and Bruce Parkin…

There are several different ways to experience Police Chase LV. This writer played the pursuit driver in a police chase, the passenger in an expertly-driven getaway car, then moved onto the ultimate option: Pursuit Intervention Techniques (PIT). In PIT maneuvers, police cruisers skillfully collide with a fleeing car, forcing it to spin, lose control and stop. Is your heart pumping yet?

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