A new trend is letting people fly indoors.
Indoor skydiving, which uses vertical▼ wind tunnels, has started popping up all over the world. Originally used for research, these wind tunnels are now used in a new extreme sport. Indoor skydiving lets people experience the excitement of flying through the air without ever leaping out of an airplane.
A vertical wind tunnel uses a very strong fan to blow air straight up inside a small, tube-shaped room. The fan blows so strongly that it can lift a person into the air like they are flying. However, there is no need for parachutes▼ here. The room has nets on the floor and a ceiling to keep people safe in case something goes wrong. Floating in the air in a wind tunnel is similar to what skydivers feel as they fall to earth but is much safer.
Anyone can try indoor skydiving after just a little training. People who would not be able to go skydiving — like the elderly or disabled▼ — can still feel what it's like to fly. It has even become a competitive sport. Experts perform amazing tricks, either alone or in teams. Videos of these performances often appear online, which has made indoor skydiving more popular than ever before.
Words & Phrases
- trend n. 趨勢，潮流
This trend has caught on quickly, but it will probably be out of style in a few months.
- tunnel n. 洞穴；隧道
You shouldn't give up because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
- pop up 突然出現∕發生
It seems that a new 7-Eleven pops up every few days.
好像每幾天就會有一家新的 7-Eleven 開張。
- originally adv. 原本，最初
The town was originally quite small.
- research n. 研究（不可數）
The students spent two weeks doing research on their classmates' music tastes.
- leap vi. 跳躍（三態為：leap, leaped / leapt, leaped / leapt）
Henry leapt for joy upon hearing the good news.
- the elderly n. 老年人
elderly a. 年長的
This software was designed to help the elderly learn how to type.
- competitive a. 具競爭性的；競爭激烈的
In a competitive society, it pays to learn a second language.
▼ vertical a. 垂直的
▼ parachute n. 降落傘
▼ the disabled n. 行動不便者
▼ disabled a. 殘障的
任何人在經過一點訓練後都可以嘗試室內跳傘。無法去跳傘的人 ── 像是老人或身障者 ── 仍可體驗飛翔是什麼滋味。它甚至變成一項競賽運動。許多專家會表演精彩特技，有單人特技也有組隊表演。這些表演的影片常出現在網路上，因而使室內跳傘比以前更加受歡迎。