Posted Monday, March 7, 2005 8:30 AM | Contributed by egieszl
Funtime introduces its newest Tower thrill ride, the StarFlyer. This new thrill ride combines Chain Flyer swing ride with a 70-meter tower.
The ride begins like a traditional chain flyer spinning around a center axis with passengers in seats hung by chains. The added excitement begins when the spinning swings are hoisted up to the top of a 23-story tower. Passengers fly through the air rotating at 44 mph both forwards and backwards during a cycle. The StarFlyer can be built to accommodate 8 - 36 passengers at once.
The latest installation, a 12-passenger, 70-meter model can be found at Vienna's Prater Park. A review of this tower ride with photos can be found on Ultimate Rollercoaster.com.
Link: Ultimate Rollercoaster
Have you ever ridden a Yo-Yo? Consider a Yo-Yo where you can't raise the lap bar or remove the safety belt from the lap bar (which seems to be the limitation on the Star Flyer). That means you can't slide forward out of the seat. There is nothing to stand on, so it would be extremely difficult to get your legs up, tucked behind the lap bar, so that you can stand on the seat...which is what you would need to do to come out.
If you worked at it hard enough, and if you didn't have ride forces pushing you down in the seat, you could probably do it. But it would require enough effort that there are much easier ways of 'offing' yourself on an amusement ride.
I want to see someone build one of these things in the US. I think it would be fun. :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Yo-Yo's are inherently stable when the chains from each swing are attached to two different T-support (one slightly ahead of the rider, one slightly behind). When the T-supports extend, the distance between the upper chain connections increases significantly (to about ~8 feet), and the swing chairs are very stable.
When I rode the Yo-Yo at GL (October 2004), they had the chains for each chair attached to a single T-support. When the T-support extends, the upper chain supports are still just 2 to 3 feet apart, and when the chairs rock, it is possible for a rider's center of gravity to shift a few inches back and be outside the stable range. At the time I weighed 225 pounds and had to lean back to fit in the snug chest-strap. Because of this body position, all my weight was on the rear chains and the front chains held none (totally slack). This didn't seem too unusual when loading, but when the ride got up to speed and I was literally rocking backwards, I hung onto the chains for dear life. If I let go, the chair might have rocked completely backwards and spilled me on the ground. The chest and crotch-straps won't do any good if the chair is upside down!
Was I Scared? I was ****ting houses two by two! I love swing rides, but I always look at the chain configuration before riding now. (Losing a bit of weight should help too.)
By the way Dave, I agree with you, this ride looks like the ultimate chair swing. Hey Knott's! ;)
This difference in mounting (not unlike the tub mounting configuration of a Flying Scooter means that there is a considerable distance between the front and rear suspension chains. This distance means that when the ride center pivots once the ride reaches full speed, the suspension chains will be pulled upward and downward in a wave-like motion, but they will not move together. The result is a non-trivial rocking action of the seat.
A Yo-Yo is a very different ride from a Wave Swinger. :)
Either way, given that the Yo-Yo seat has a fairly high back on it, and given that the typical human CG is positioned below the waist, your chances of getting pitched out of a Yo-Yo are pretty remote. That said, the fact that the Yo-Yo can scare the living crap out of riders who are not prepared for its unique action (and some who are) probably makes it an even safer ride, as such fear will prevent many people from stupid behavior.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
As long as the rider doesn't do anything stupid & pending a severe mechanical failure the chances of being ejewcted from any of these rides,yo-yo,wave swinger or starflyer are probably very remote.
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