630ft sky jump off tower!

Thursday, September 5, 2002 7:06 PM

New Zealand is sure the upcharge capital of the world, bungee jumping, white water rafting, bridge swinging, jet boat rides through narrow canyons and many more.

I just found out about Sky Jump on Auckland's Sky Tower. Basically it's like BASE jumping only there's no parachute & you're hooked up to a cable instead. The cable runs off a drum with fan blades that meet air resistance. You 'fall' at 46.6mph. I suppose the heavier you are, the faster you 'fall.' ;) Just like in the movies. Check it out; http://www.skyjump.co.nz/

Also check out Fly By Wire. It's said to be the fastest thrill ride in the world at 106mph! I guess they don't know about Dodonpa. ;) You're strapped to a ducted fan powered sled slung by a single wire from cables stretched over a valley or off towers. You're in control of the fan, with steering & throttle. There's a 9-10min limit. The sled can hit 90 degrees & 'fly' in circles or straight down over the bottom, stall turn/hair pin turn & so on hitting 3G's. It cannot be flown out of control. Check out the videos, sure looks wicked! http://www.flybywire.co.nz/

NZ has extreme adventure packages/tours. I'll sign up one day. :)

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Thursday, September 5, 2002 8:12 PM
Wow that Sky Jump looks awesome, and I think I have seen that Fly by Wire attraction on a coaster show awhile ago. Both look awesome though.

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CoasterWorld

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Friday, September 6, 2002 9:23 AM
FlyByWire was on an old season of MTV Road Rules....it looked pretty neat, but I don't think they hit +100mph. The road rulers flew pretty tame. I wonder if it was with the same company because I think they were in NewZealand....not sure if there's more than one of these businesses or not in the world
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Friday, September 6, 2002 9:28 AM
There is an abandoned fly-by-wire facility south of Burleson, TX (the home of American Idol's Kelly Clarkson). It is out in the middle of nowhere on I-35. The neighbors around it threw a fit when it opened and it only ran for a few short weeks. Last I heard, they were making attempts to sell it and move it somewhere else in Texas.
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Friday, September 6, 2002 9:36 AM

You have to love the personal liability laws of New Zealand. That's why they have so many great ways to try to kill yourself available for a price. When I was down there I bungy jumped a couple of times, took a Jet Boat ride through Shotover Canyon and black water river rafting (innertubing through a subterranean river with glow worms galore). Unfortunately I was unable to go zorbing and the Fly-by-Wire was to expensive (I was practically broke after being abroad for 6 months, good ole' Visa). Also did some mountainside sled racing in Rotorua (kind of like the alpine slides over here but you're not in a trough and you control the speed and you have to drive the things on a path similar to a sidewalk). I also loved the tower in Aukland, which is owned by a casino. They have glass floor panels up top which provide scary visuals. Long live A.J. Hackett!

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Friday, September 6, 2002 10:25 AM
I saw the guy on Travel Sick do fly by wire. He's done some nutty stuff on that show, but I've never seen him that scared. It looked absolutely awesome!

Anyways, that skyjump looks incredible too. I wonder if we'll ever see the likes of these in America? Probably not, seeing as how bungee jumping w/o a license and BASE jumping are still illegal.

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Friday, September 6, 2002 12:37 PM
I looked at that link but I still don't understand what the ride does.

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Friday, September 6, 2002 11:16 PM
Basically you put on a suit/harness with a cable fixed on the back. Then you're lowered 630ft off the side of the tower pretty fast at 45mph!
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Saturday, September 7, 2002 5:47 AM
WOW! Both those rides looks Awesome! Have you ever done either of the Taipan? Both look great but that Fly By Wire just looks insane!

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