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iFly partners to bring high-tech military simulator to Wilmington

An indoor skydiving facility is in the works for Eastwood Road and now plans to offer an additional simulator for military training. (Courtesy/iFly)

WILMINGTON — A unique business being planned for Eastwood Road has entered into a new partnership to expand its services.

iFly indoor skydiving facility, a military family-owned business, is joining forces with Conflict Kinetics, a high-tech training firm specializing in reaction and agility training for special operations of the military.

READ MORE: Indoor skydiving facility slated for Eastwood Road

Conflict Kinetics will install a state-of-the-art training room in iFly’s center for military training; however, it will also be open for civilian use and sports training. The simulators are used by the military for readiness and survivability training.

“We are beyond excited to offer this extraordinary human performance training to athletes, sports enthusiasts, and everyone interested in improving their skills and abilities in the Wilmington community,” iFLY Wilmington chief operating officer Dave Soler said in a press release. “We are particularly proud that this will put Wilmington in a class by itself as the only location in the world to provide access to this type of facility to members of the general public.”

The system collects data and provides real-time feedback to help clients improve reaction time, eye-eye coordination, situational awareness and decision-making accuracy. Additional benefits include building self-confidence and improving cognitive ability.

Conflict Kinetics chief executive officer Dan Schultz called the partnership with iFly “a perfect fit.”

“Our partnership with iFLY Wilmington was a natural collaboration,” Schultz said in the release. “We have been looking for the right opportunity to make our award-winning programs available to the civilian marketplace.”

iFly announced its plan to build a Wilmington location last spring and has been working with builder Monteith Construction, engineering firm McKim and Creed and the City of Wilmington on design, civil engineering and permitting for its facility on Eastwood Road, near Military Cutoff.

To assist with bringing its dreams to fruition, the company has been finalizing a capital funding plan. It includes a combination of investments from its military management team, commercial funding and Patriot Business Bonds.

Residents can invest in the project until March 30 by visiting Folla Capital’s website.

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