France – FlyView takes you flying over Paris at one-of-a-kind virtual reality attraction

On March 31, FlyView opened a unique virtual reality attraction where visitors can visit Paris from the sky with a jetpack, taking in real-life 360° views of monuments and scenery—no computer graphics here!

This permanent attraction expands cultural and tourist activities in Paris, making it possible to fly over the world’s most beautiful city, a dream come true for millions of people.

Take Off from a 1,000 m² (11,000+ sq. ft.) Launch Area at Place de l’Opéra in Downtown Paris

As Parisians and other visitors enter FlyView from Place de l’Opéra, they will arrive in a lobby resembling an airport terminal with check-in counters, flight attendants and screens announcing upcoming flights.

The launch area has 50 jetpacks, making it one of the world’s largest virtual reality installations.

Once inside, the FlyViewer puts on their virtual reality headset (an HTC Vive), takes a seat on their jetpack (mounted on actuators), and gets ready for liftoff. The countdown begins… the jetpack turbine winds up… the machine starts to vibrate… the lights go out…the roof opens… and then, liftoff! The visitor shoots up their silo and breaks out over the roofs of Paris. The flying sensations are just like real life. The adventure has begun!

See Paris as Never Before with this Exhilarating, Unforgettable Experience

The itinerary explores Paris’s main monuments in a totally unique way. You will look down on Place de la Concorde and its fountains, fly down Champs-Elysées, and get an up-close look at the basreliefs on the Arc de Triomphe. Next is a trip up the inside of the Eiffel Tower (!), a flyover of the Seine accompanied by the voice of Edith Piaf, and a tour of monuments along the Seine. Finally, you will arrive at the most spectacular place: Notre Dame, where you’ll fly from gargoyle to gargoyle. It will be an exhilarating 13 minutes!

You will explore around 20 monuments in total, flying close by and at a low altitude. While everyone has the same itinerary, each person will see different things because of the immersive, 360° view. This is a unique opportunity to fly close to the grandest monuments in Paris and explore them from a new angle.

Enjoy the Results of an Unparalleled Technological Feat

It took about 100 people working for three years to create the FlyView experience. The latest technologies and unparalleled cooperation came together on this ambitious project:

• The (exceptional) views of Paris from above were filmed with a drone, a device with seven 360° cameras, and a team worthy of a film production;

• First-time approval to film over Paris and in such close proximity to monuments;

• 50 jetpack simulators mounted on actuators were custom-designed and built in France;

• HTC Vive virtual reality headsets offer the most realistic immersion possible.

This sophisticated device synchronizes the platform with the jetpack’s movements — taking off, flying forward, stopping for panoramic views, moving sideways, and dropping down next to a monument— to create an immersive experience over Paris with ultra-realistic flying sensations that little ones and grown-ups alike will love. The experience is breathtaking. The views over Paris are magnificent. The flying experience is spectacular.

“FlyView is my childhood dream of flying and seeing the world from above come true. I hope to share this incredible experience with as many people as possible. This experience brings together poetry and innovation to create another high-quality cultural activity in Paris. I want to offer Parisians and visitors to Paris an exhilarating adventure that is both accessible and unforgettable,” says Arnaud Houette, FlyView founder.

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