Sunday, December 18, 2016

Adventure sport enthusiasts can look forward to skydiving at Mysuru airport

Mysuru: Clouds hovering around, and the wind slamming your face with a fierce intensity as the descent into the earth begins - skydiving is an exhilarating experience, and the panoramic view of Mysuru city from an altitude of 10,000ft only adds to the enjoyment of this experience.
Social welfare department secretary P Manivannan, and tourism department secretary Naveen raj Singh, enjoyed a tandem jump, wherein the diver is accompanied by the instructor, as part of promoting the sport of skydiving in Mysuru on Saturday. "It was a wonderful jump. It was amazing to see Mysuru from the sky. The citizens of the city should undergo this experience," said Manivannan, after he dived from an altitude of 10,000ft.
'Skyriders' is an initiative being organised by the state tourism department, in association with the Delhi-based Kakini Enterprises. For the next two months, adventure sport enthusiasts in the city can take to skydiving at the Mysuru Airport. The initiative was flagged off by DC D Randeep.
Chief of Skyriders, Aanchal Khurana said, "It's a freefall till the moment the instructor unfurls the parachute. While the jump is taken at a height of 10,000ft, the parachute is opened at 5,000ft. During freefall, people drop at the speed of 180km/h."
A member of the Skyriders team, Solanki said that it would take around 45 minutes for the aircraft to reach the altitude of 10,000ft. "Before take-off, there'll be a small drill, and the people taking the jump are given basic instructions. Those having cardiac problems cannot take the ride," he said.
19/12/16 Lakshmikantha BK/Times of India
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