To clarify, since I think there's some confusion: Slingshots, ejector-seats, whatever you want to call THOSE rides....they come in 2 varieties that I have seen: spring-launch cables, and bungee versions.
Skycoasters, those are entirely different animals.
I have been on this ride the two towers have a sliding blocks on them the two person cabin/chair is attached to a release. The blocks are run up to the top of the towers. then the chair/cabin is released. It is on gulfworld's property right now. As far as the broken bungee's I believe florida has regulations about how many rides you can use a bungees for. one half it's rated life I think.
I think we would all love to have some kind of ride in our backyard. My question, wouldn't the license and inspection fees be prohibitive? Does anyone know how much the average cost for an annual inspection is? Of course dependent on the ride, bigger ride, higher price.
There are at least two working, backyard rollercoasters in the US that I am aware of. Are these "ride at your own risk" or "inspected and licensed by the state of ___"? After reading about these backyard coasters, I have a small interest in trying something myself, even if its just one that goes downhill only, but would assume it gets boring fast. Guess I have some home work to do. Any thoughts?
I don't think the backyard coasters/rides need to be inspected or certified at all. They don't need to be approved by the state because they're not for public or commercial use. What you want to do in your own backyard is your business. If you build a swingset that you purchased wood for at your local Home Depot, do you need to get state permission/inspection/certification before you let your kid play on it? Nope.
Now if you wanted to charge $5/day or 10¢/swing for the neighborhood kids to play on that swingset, all of a sudden you have to make sure you're zoned, inspected, certified, maintained, and most likely have a good lawyer, because as soon as little Johnny gets stung by a bee, you'll be sued for negligence and emotional trauma.