A good way to tell if there's Airtime

Monday, October 22, 2001 3:26 PM
After hearing how everyone puts down Nitro for not having good airtime, I needed to find a way to prove them wrong. So, I developed a clever (well, not THAT clever) way to see if theres a decent amount of airtime. First, sit on your hands, or at least put them under our theighs, but make sure they rest on the seat! Second, you ride! If you feel lss, or no pressure on your hands, theres airtime.

So anyway, I tried it on Nitro. Let me tell you... My butt was off my hands more than it was on. Im telling you, this is a good way to tell.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:05 PM
Take a yo-yo or something that hangs from a string.  If the airtime is good, the yo-yo will float in the air, or even float above where you are holding the string.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:13 PM
I don't know if there is a way to tell if there is airtime.  I mean, you either feel it or you don't.  You have to take different factors into account, from how the coaster was running that day, to where you were sitting, to how far down your lap bar is (and probably more stuff i am not thinking of).  So it is not out of the question that two people could have very different airtime experiences on the same coaster.  So the point is (did i have one to begin with?) that i wouldn't worry about trying to find ways to prove to people that there is or isn't airtime on a coaster.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:19 PM
If  you fly off your seat there is airtime.  Its that simple.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:25 PM
What I do is stick my legs straight out(if there is room) and also put my hands out parellel to my legs............cough Millennium Force cough.......
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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:48 PM
lol.. and let the yo-yo hit the people sitting behind you ;)

NOT a good idea...
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Monday, October 22, 2001 4:56 PM
I like my way better!  Basically, to have yet more fun on that ride, I just let my body go dead-weight (limp).  While I'm slumped over in the chair, every time we go over a hill, my head, arms, and feet just slowly ride up and then quickly fall again.  Very fun to do, and when you don't scream, you get the whole "butterflies in stomach" feeling.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 5:43 PM
The thing about a yo-yo or other object is that its a lot less mass than a human. So, it might float but you may still be sitting.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 6:04 PM
But what if its an African swallow then it would be able to.  Well if it was an unlaiden swallow then that is quite possible for it to carry the cocnut.  But a African Swallow doesnt migrate. True. What if there were two swallows that carried it. How would they do it with a string. Yeah but were would they get the string, and how would they carrry it.

Some of you may know what i just ssaid, well its kind of what you all are talking about. The easy way to tell is if you are getting lifted out of y0our seat with your lap bar at a safe level.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 9:07 PM
"Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?"

LOL.  anyway, I think there are safer ways to do this than using a yo yo, which could hurt somone.  IMO, Airtime is whenever you feel your stomach drop and your butt leave the seat.  nothing else to it.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 11:23 AM
This all reminds me of a show I was watching about S:TE.  This kid didn't believe it was physically possible to "float" on a ride.  So, this girl told him to go on it and when the car reached the top, let go of the orange.  The kid did that and the orange floated for about 2 seconds.  Then it hit the kid in the eye.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 11:44 AM
I accidentally tried the "yo-yo" test on Nitro with my teensey weensey flat pocketbook that only can hold money and ID. The strap is very thin and goes diagonally across the front of me. I tucked the pocketbook-part down by my side, the rest was across the front like normal. Well, going down the second hill, there it was, next to me, airborne at neck level...I grabbed it just in the nick of time and held onto it the rest of the ride. That was so neat to see it elevating right next to me. So I can attest to the fact that there definitely IS airtime!!! Oh, I don't use that pocketbook anymore at the park unless I safety-pin the strap to my t-shirt!!

*** This post was edited by sgonda on 10/23/2001. ***

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 1:34 PM
PEOPLE!!!! Please don't do the penny trick on Superman when I'm sitting behind you..hehe. During my senior trip in June, some of us went on S:TE in the second row. Whaddayaknow...when we go to the top someone in the front row wanted to do the penny trick. Nothing wrong with that. EXCEPT. They let go way to early (meaning the car was still going up the tower) and I had to dodge that menacing penny!

Sorry, i know its cool, but i really need both of my eyes!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 3:44 PM
I had the penny test demonstarted in a strange way on SROS at SFA this spring.  The guy in front of me had put his change in his shirt pocket.  When we hit the bunnies, I got showered in coins.

If you need to test for it, you don't have good airtime.  I've never heard anyone coming off Phoenix ask, "Was there air time?"  When I rode Nitro, I didn't need any test to know it had air time.  Like any B&M hyper, there isn't much air first thing in the morning, but when the grease warms up it gets to be fun.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 4:53 PM
Oh yes, haha.. on S:ros@SFDL my brother had a pocket full of change until we hit the 3rd hill :)

We were in the back seat, but I was looking back and it was really funny to see the coins fly up in every which direction (luckly we were in the back seat) into a "sphere of coins" (He had at least 30 coins in his pocket too).

It also had a distinct "chink" sound as they flew out :)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:56 AM
Well, I almost lost my wallet on a few occasions on Nitro!  Since the B&M seats aren't fully connected, there is the little gap between the bottom of the seat and the back of the seat.  Figures that the gap is located right where your back pockets end.  Anyway, one time I rode, I could feel my wallet shifting around, so I stuck my hand in, grabbed it, and held onto it for the rest of the ride.  Now, I either put it in my Cargo pockets or hold onto it.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 11:19 AM
I saw some airborn coinage at SFDL.  I was riding Viper last year during Fright Fest.  there was no body at the park so everything was a walk on.  when I got on Viper I noticed that the seat in front of me had some coins laying on the seat.  being the capitalist that I am I reached forward to grab as many as possible.  no one noticed, but I had a feeling that I missed a few of the coins.  during the corkscrews the coins came out of their hiding spot and fell to the ground below.  pretty funny to witness.
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