1. Skycoasters are not bungee jumps. Infact, they use practically no cords or elastic parts whatsoever.
2. No guests have ever been killed on a Skycoaster attraction. There was one intoxicated employee who was seriously injured because of his actions, but nonetheless, had nothing to do with the ride malfunctioning.
3. There is atleast one factory trained employee at every site at all times. It's the only ride I know of where the manufacturer requires the operators to pass their training first. *** Edited 8/17/2005 3:59:29 AM UTC by Fun***
I rode the sky coaster at Kings Island a couple of years ago. I was really scared before I went on it, but it really wasn't that bad. Waiting to pull the cord is probably the worst, but after that it's really fun. I thought about doing it again yesterday but none of my friends wanted to swing the extra $10.
I remember seeing a segment on the Discovery Channel about them a few years ago, and it really reassures you about the safety aspect. There are back up cables to catch the swing cable in case of a failure. The cables you swing from are actually the types they use in elevators, so they are capable of holding much more than a few hundred pounds.
It's funny that this topic came up b/c I am going on my first skycoaster this thursday. I am more afraid that some wind is going to pick up, and I am going to to hit the supports than the cabble actually snapping.
As a factory trained Site Controller for the sky coaster at SFStL I can assure you that a Skycoaster is the most over engineered ride in any park. The 2 cables that you are attached to are rated at more than 18,000 lbs, and the suit you will be in is rated for more than 9,000 lbs. There have never been( to my knowledge) any serious accidents that did not involve serious disregard for Skycoaster rules, and afaik all have occured by unautorized employees after hours.
Fly with confidence, you will be as safe or safer than ANY other ride in the park. Just make sure to go to the bathroom BEFORE you fly ;)
I rode the one at Sfstl a few years back it was a blast. thow the cord wouldnt come undone the first time we pulled we soon realized we just werent pulling that hard because we were shaking so much. SWEET RUSH LOVE IT!
If you want a good Rip Cord crew Michael Darling try Geauga Lake's crew. I am a site controller from way back and I flew there the other month. They did everything to a "T" while being polite and fun. Looks like GL does do something better than Point.
There is a lot of inspection that goes on behind scenes. The Flight Controller/s are responsible for inspecting suits, and any that don't meet specs have to be sent back to the Skycoaster company. The cables also gets frequently inspected. Out on the loading platform, there are two people who go through a verbal checklist of the suit and its correctly connected parts. If something is wrong, trust me, you'll be taken down and your suit will be corrected.
I've done the Kissimmee model. It was my first, and to-date only one.
I can say with conviction that it was the singularly most terrifying experience of my life. I did not, however, feel remotely concerned for my safety; not at all. I just didn't much like the thought that as soon as I pulled that ripcord I would plummet 300ft!
There has been one accident during morning testing. If memory serves me right it was in a park in North Carolina? The employees forgot to move the loading cart out of the way before the rip cord was pulled.