ILYUSHIN IL-76 MDK
SKYDIVE COACHING AND MENTORING
USPA SKYDIVE INTSRUCTOR RATINGS
GIFT CARDS AND SWEEPSTAKES PRIZES
ICARUS DAEDALUS PROJECT CANOPIES
|# OF PARTICIPANTS||ITINERARY||PRICE IN EUR|
|INDIVIDUAL||ZERO-G FLIGHT ONLY||5,000.00|
|INDIVIDUAL||FLIGHT + 3 DAY TOUR||5.750.00|
|GROUP OF 14||ZERO-G FLIGHT ONLY||59,000.00|
|GROUP OF 14||FLIGHT + 3 DAY TOUR||69,500.00|
|VIDEO + PHOTOS (P.P.)||250.00|
ZERO-GRAVITY FLIGHTS EXPLAINED.
ONBOARD THE IL-76 MDK FLYING LABORATOY DURING A PARABOLIC FLIGHT AT THE GCTC.
The Ilyushin IL-76 MDK wide-body aircraft is a unique flying laboratory which can create short-term weightless conditions. Weightlessness is the complete, or near complete absence of the sensation of weight and accordingly, the term "zero-gravity" is often used to describe this condition. It occurs in the absence of any contact forces upon objects, including the human body.
To create short-term weightless conditions onboard, the IL-76 MDK follows a Kepler-curve flight pattern.
While experiencing weightlessness onboard the IL-76 MDK on the downward slope of the parabola, passengers are exposed to 2G inside the cabin at the transition points from descent to ascent and during the actual climb-phase back to 20,000 ft AGL.
During a standard parabolic flight, the pilot will repeat this Kepler-curve pattern 12-15 times, allowing for everyone onboard the IL-76 MDK flying laboratory to experience weightlessness for approximately 7 minutes over the entire 1.5-hour course of parabolic flight.
The IL-76 MDK flying laboratory has been utilized in this role at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center since 1980. While the original purpose of the IL-76 MDK was to simulate weightless condition for cosmonauts in preparation of their actual spaceflight missions, the use of the IL-76 MDK has been extended years ago to accommodate zero-G joy rides for tourists and civilian spaceflight enthusiasts.
If you too, are keen to experience weightlessness and are interested in booking tickets for a parabolic flight onboard the IL-76 MDK, check out our step-by-step guide below, on how to assemble an exciting custom itinerary surrounding your zero-G flight experience at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
YOUR ZERO-G FLIGHT EXPERIENCE IN STAR CITY.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR ITINERARY.
All Flight Club adventure tours and air sport events are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, custom-tailored according to your personal preferences.
Hence, when booking your zero-G flight experience in Star City with us, you can mix-and-match exciting itinerary options to create the perfect trip.
1. DECIDE HOW MANY SEATS ONBOARD THE IL-76 YOU NEED.
(A) book a single seat ticket on the IL-76 MDK, or
(B) book the entire IL-76 MDK exclusively for yourself, or for a private group of up to 14 friends.
2. SELECT AN ITINERARY FOR YOUR TRIP.
(A) book tickets for the IL-76 parabolic flight only
(B) book tickets for the IL-76 parabolic flight as the highlight of a fun 3-day tour in Moscow.
Following, please find a detailed description of both trip formats.
IL-76 MDK PARABOLIC FLIGHT AS A STAND-ALONE EVENT.
YOUR DAY-TRIP TO START CITY.
YOUR TOUR ITINERARY:
Your trip to Star City starts with your personal guide/ multi-lingual translator picking you up at your hotel in Moscow at 06.00 am on the day of your parabolic flight.
The course of events throughout the day is similar to that of the 2nd day in the 3-day trip itinerary (see detailed description above) with the exception that,
as part of the 1-day trip, we do not offer the night-time sight-seeing tour around Moscow city.
Following your zero-G flight experience onboard the IL-76 MDK in Star City, your event with us concludes with the safe return to your hotel in Moscow city.
YOUR IL-76 MDK PARABOLIC FLIGHT AS THE HIGHLIGHT OF A FUN 3-DAY TOUR THROUGH MOSCOW.
YOUR TOUR ITINERARY:
Your zero-g flight experience starts with your personal guide/ multi-lingual translator picking you up at any of the 3 Moscow international airports.
We will bring you to your selected hotel in the city and assist with the check-in (as early as 14.00 pm) procedure.
We advise our guests to plan for a mid-day arrival to Moscow, as we invite you on a guided night-time sight-seeing tour around town later in the evening.
ZERO-GRAVITY FLIGHTS ONBOARD IL-76 MDK AT THE GCTC.
Book your ticket for a parabolic flight onboard IL-76 MDK and float weightlessly through the skies above Star City Moscow.
On this page we explain how zero-gravity flights onboard the IL-76 MDK flying laboratory work, show a video of the action onboard the IL-76 MDK during an actual parabolic flight and introduce several exciting itinerary options surrounding your zero-G flight experience at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training center. Last but not least, we share our IL-76 MDK zero-gravity flight schedule and zero-gravity flight prices for the year 2022, assist in the booking process of your zero-G flight tickets and answer all your IL-76 MDK parabolic flight related FAQs.
Join us on an action-packed journey to the GCTC, into a world where no gravity exists.
ONBOARD IL-76 MDK DURING A PARABOLIC FLIGHT.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO EXPERIENCE WEIGHTLESSNESS?
Without gravity, there no longer is up or down, neither are objects light- or heavy-weight.
Get ready to experience your body like you could never have imagined! Arguably, floating around in weightlessness onboard the IL-76 MDK might be some of the best fun you'll ever have.
Check the action onboard IL-76 MDK during an actual parabolic flight in this video:
IL-76 MDK ZERO-GRAVITY FLIGHT SCHEDULE 2022.
UPCOMING EVENT DATES.
FOR INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS:
03 Mar 2022
28 Apr 2022
28 Jul 2022
We are working hard to fill the IL-76 MDK zero-gravity flights as quickly as possible. Typically, there are several pre-manifested parabolic flight days scheduled each year.
Please understand, that for us to guarantee a stable price structure for zero-gravity flight tickets, we need 14 participants per each parabolic flight on the IL-76 MDK.
To keep it fair, we accommodate our guests on a first-come first-serve basis.
FOR GROUPS OF 14 PARTICIPANTS:
If you buy enough zero-gravity flight tickets to fill the entire IL-76 MDK to capacity (14 slots), you can pretty much fly whenever you want to.
If you are considering this option, you might find some added value in visiting the Flight Club CORPORATE PROGRAM page.
Please be advised though, that we do need a 65-day min. lead-up time once we have received your passport copies, to organize the required visas and associated security clearances for the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
IL-76 MDK ZERO-GRAVITY FLIGHTS
AT THE GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTER.
included in the above listed zero-gravity flight prices:
security clearance GCTC, guided tour of the GCTC, medical check, parabolic flight onboard IL-76 MDK (1.5h flight time), flight certificate;
visa support, security clearance, transit (airport, hotel, GCTC, hotel, airport), standard room in *** hotel in Moscow city (2 nights), Moscow city night-time sight-seeing tour, guided tour at GCTC, medical check, parabolic flight onboard IL-76 MDK (1.5h flight time), guided tour Moscow Metro and Arbat;
YOUR IL-76 MDK PARABOLIC FLIGHT
AT THE GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTER.
BOOKING YOUR TICKETS.
To book tickets for your zero-g flight experience at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, please fill out and submit the BOOKING REQUEST FORM specifying the number of zero-gravity flight participants and your preferred zero-gravity flight dates. Please also let us know if you want to book tickets for the zero-gravity flight only, or if you prefer to book tickets for your parabolic flight as part of our 3-day tour around Moscow.
Once we have received your initial booking request, we will contact you for copies of your passport(s) and ask you to return the IL-76 MDK PARABOLIC FLIGHT PASSENGER QUESTIONAIRE to us, so we can forward your detail to our service partners in Moscow for a final review.
After they come back to us with a confirmation of your requested zero-gravity flight dates, we will contact you with specific travel dates, send you a service contract and the necessary payment instructions.
Please remember, that we do need a 65-day minimum lead-up time once we have received your passport copies, in order to organize the required visas and associated security clearances for Star City and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
YOUR IL-76 MDK PARABOLIC FLIGHT AT THE GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTER.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Q: Do you provide accident insurance?
A: yes, of course. We arrange for a special policy covering any accident which might occur during your time with us.
Q: Do you provide visa support for entry into the Russian Federation?
A: visa support is automatically included in the above listed prices if you book the 3-day trip itinerary. Of course, we gladly assist in arranging for the necessary visa upon request if you did choose the 1-day itinerary as well. Prices for visas may vary, as they depend on selected processing times at the embassy, and thus, the lead-up time of your request for visa assistance.
Q: What kind of outfit should I wear onboard the IL-76 MDK for the parabolic flight?
A: you'll be provided a jump-suit for your zero-gravity flight. Under it, best wear comfortable sports-wear. Regardless of the season, rather err on the warm side.
Q: Does Flight Club sell GIFT CARDS for zero-gravity flights in Star City?
A: yes, we do ;) You can purchase gift cards for parabolic flights at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center from us.
Q: I was looking for a suitable corporate team building event venue. Is a parabolic flight at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center a good choice?
A: Judging by the number of times people ask us this particular question, it certainly seems to be way up there on everybody's list, to say the very least.
Should you have any unanswered questions regarding IL-76 MDK parabolic flight at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training center, please feel free to SEND US AN INQUIRY or speak with us directly in FLIGHT CLUB LIVE CHAT.
When executing its Kepler-curve flight path, the IL-76 MDK climbs with full thrust and at a 45-degree angle to an altitude of approximately 20,000 ft AGL, before taking the power out and going nose over. From that moment on, everything and everybody onboard the IL-76 MDK is "floating" weightlessly, that is, until about 25 seconds later, when the IL-76 MDK is transitioning from its nose dive into yet another steep ascent. Hence, the nick-name "parabolic flight".
We will meet you in Moscow city at 06.00 am at either your hotel or in the office of our local service partners. After a short briefing regarding the daily schedule of events, we will pack up and drive to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City. The commute will take us a good hour, depending on traffic.
Upon our arrival in Star City, we'll work our way through the security checkpoint and head over to the medical center for a pre-flight check-up. The procedure is common, and you got no worries there.
After receiving your medical clearance certificates, we invite you on an interesting guided tour around the GCTC.
Once you are somewhat familiar with your new surroundings, you'll be attending the pre-flight briefing. It is conducted by staff members of the GCTC and will teach you everything there is to know about safety and a variety of other aspects regarding your parabolic flight onboard the IL-76 MDK.
We will then transfer to the near-by Chkalovsky airfield, where we meet the IL-76 MDK flight crew and get dressed up for success - with a jump-suit and... wait for it.... a parachute. Once everyone is all suited up, it' s time for some last minute, hands-on emergency procedure practice. We'll play and drill the proper response to a variety of unusual- and emergency situations which might occur during any phase of parabolic flight onboard the IL-76 MDK.
Goal of these exercises, is for you to become familiar with your new environment onboard the seriously giant IL-76 MDK wide-body aircraft, have some fun and prepare for a safe zero-G flight experience.
Once all pre-flight procedures are completed and the "all-clear" comes out of the cockpit, we'll get onto the taxiway and roll out onto the runway for show-time! You are now only moments away from four powerful Soloviev D-30KP turbofans, each creating roughly 26,400 lbs. of thrust, launching you into a world where no gravity exists.
Following your safe return to Chkalovsky airfield, there will be an award ceremony in honor of your achievement, where you will be presented a certificate, video and photos of your memorable IL-76 zero-G flight experience.
After the ceremony, we will head back into the city and drop you off at your hotel, for some well-deserved idle time.
Later that evening, we will pick you up from the hotel and take you on a tour around Moscow, surfing the city's world-famous Metro. On our way across town, we'll stop by the Arbat for some souvenir shopping, hang out and have a genuinely good time mixed in among the colorful crowd.
After an eventful day yesterday and a good night out, we'll take it easy in the morning. Depending on your scheduled departure time from Moscow, we'll pick you up at the hotel at any time convenient for you before 12.00 pm and bring you to the any of the 3 Moscow international airports to say: "thank you for flying with us. Blue skies and Farewell."
Q: Will I feel nauseous when I experience weightlessness during my parabolic flight onboard the IL-76 MDK?
A: you might. Probably though, you will be way too busy having fun.
Q: What types of service guarantees do you provide?
A: Flight Club service partners in Russia are recognized tour operators in the Russian Federation and listed in the public Registry of Tour Operators # MBT 010053. Accordingly, all our clients are protected by the Russian government with a mandatory min. insurance amount of USD 1,000,000.00 for all types of risk factors involving touristic activities.
Q: What types of payment methods do you accept?
A: You can pay for your zero-G flight experience at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via electronic funds transfer into our foreign currency account.
Q: What is your cancellation policy in case my zero-G flight experience at the GCTC is cancelled due to mistakes on your side?
A: we give you a full refund on all payments made within 30 days.
Q: What is your cancellation policy, change of travel dates policy in case I cannot travel to the GCTC as agreed because I get sick?
A: If you wish to cancel your trip entirely, or if you wish to change your travel dates, the refund amount you are entitled to depends on how long before your scheduled zero-G flight dates you notify us:
> 15 days prior: we refund 70% of your payment;
</= 15 days but > 5 days prior: we refund 55 % of your payment;
</= 5 days but > 3 days prior: we refund 35 % of your payment;
</= 3 days prior: there will not be any refund paid;
Any refund payments will be sent to the originating account within 30 days of receipt of your written notice to cancel or postpone your trip. For more detail, please review our PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY.