Sounds like a pretty good mix to me!
- Aaron K
I can't believe someone is still buying these, they were supposed to be the next generation of flying scooters, but the range of motion is very limited. They look pretty but they are really quite boring.
I've ridden two Aviators, one at Wild Adventures and one at Paramount's Kings Dominion, and both of them pretty much stunk.
I wonder if Chance-Morgan has done any redesign work on the Aviator. They COULD fix it (lap bars and wire rope would be two obvious improvements.......), I just wonder if they will...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Edit: here is the listing:
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RideMan said:I wonder if Chance-Morgan has done any redesign work on the Aviator. They COULD fix it (lap bars and wire rope would be two obvious improvements.......), I just wonder if they will...
When we visited the Larson factory a few years ago (they build that two piece lift pole for Chance), they were experimenting with ways to improve the Aviator. They had an Aviator on site and they had attached pneumatic pistons to the top of each vehicle to get it actually swing, since the current setup using the wings results in very little motion. I don't know whatever happened to that idea.
I agree with Dave, the best solution would be to replace the steel rods with wire rope.
Now what's up with that crazy swing ride in Germany?
What's a "Farmer Parade"...?
It might be the Turtle Parade with a different theme.
As far as the Aviator goes, I agree that it fails in the sense of being able to control your flight. We rode the one at Wild Adventures, and we couldn't get it to do anything. On the other hand, if you look at it as simply an "in-the-air swing ride," it's a pleasant ride that appeals to a wide audience. The one at a WA had a steady line the whole time we were there, and we saw people of all ages riding it and having a good time. I think it will be popular with families at Dollywood, despite the lack of flight control.
- Aaron K
Seems like all you see anymore is coasters, kiddie flat rides and the newer extreme type of flats.
There never seemed to be much of a line for it at PKD or Jazzland. I think the height, circular motion, and high-tech appearance will make it a little too intimidating for the average Dollywood guest looking for a pleasant ride. And the thrillseekers will be disappointed.
They've also been plagued with technical problems since Day One. They rely on an electronic sensor to show that the OTSH is in place, and that seems to cause a lot of problems when loading.
I don't know how plagued the other rides are, but Elitch's ride runs very well, the main issue I've seen regards its parking, sometimes when everyone gets off the ride moves up a little, then the restraints won't read as clear, but that is very easy to correct and its ready to go.
As for swinging, I haven't seen many people get it going, but there are times when I've seen them move pretty well. I've never had the ability but I haven't ridden it much. Most people like it, it usually has a decent line.
When I was a SFNO, I saw it and wanted to ride it really bad, but it was closed. It looked pretty darn cool, too!
The Aviator tub design is a good start. The double sail with nothing in front of you is a decent idea, and the double sail should be more responsive than the single sail on the Bish-Rocco ride...which should easily make up for the extra weight on the Aviator.
The problem with the ride, I think, is in the suspension, because of the questionable decision to use rigid suspension instead of wire rope. Not using wire rope kind of makes sense as it gives them a rigid conduit for the electrical service needed for the lights, shoulder bar sensors and release trigger, and originally, for the wing motors. What they need to do is figure out a way to get rid of that wiring so that they can use wire rope and not have to worry about the wiring.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I would like to know that answer myself. I am also wondering if Dollywood purchased one of the two L&T kiddie coasters from Dreamland or Rotunda.
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