Posted Friday, November 16, 2001 7:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff
S&S Power was showing video of their next ride, the "Fungee." The prototype, built at their Utah facility, uses a tower with two arms extending from the top. Two cables extend to a harness at the ground. The cables pull one or two passengers up to a platform, where they can dive off. What makes it interesting is that the bounce is controlled by air pressure instead of rubber cables, and your bounce actually goes higher than where you started.
S&S chief Stan Checketts says that they've basically removed the objections many people have to traditional jumping. People don't like to go solo, be connected with one cable or trust a rubber cable. The new ride controls all of these factors.
Friday, November 16, 2001 7:22 PM
Probably less expensive than bungee jumping too. Sounds like fun!
"If somebody throws a rock and knocks a man off his donkey, do we say that he's stoned off his ass?
Friday, November 16, 2001 7:24 PM
Sounds like a run ride
"Why does S:UE only have one train?!?!"-Andy Byington 2001"
Friday, November 16, 2001 7:26 PM
Hey, its S&S. They can do just about anything with cables and air power!
What a great company. They just come up with something completely new and different every season.
I have to say that S&S is one of the most exciting companies out there.
Just when you think it can't get much better or more thrilling S&S comes up with a new concept.
Gotta appreciate that!
Keep up the good work, Mr. Checketts!
Knotts 2002...ready when you are!
Friday, November 16, 2001 7:46 PM
I have no objections to bungee jumping, but I'm sure this will be cheaper and more exhilariating. there's no need for anything below to cushion you if the cable snaps, you get a great view of the coasters in the parks, and you go higher than where you started. this just sounds too sweet. I want to know how you're going to go higher, though. the cable has to be hooked to something and if you start around the cable hookup, there's no way you can pass that... at least in my mind there isn't. then again, I don't have Stan's mind. does anyone have any info on the ride that Stan and his wife are sitting on in the IAAPA pics?
btw, I think Stan Lee has a contender for the title Stan the Man.
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
Friday, November 16, 2001 10:49 PM
They are sitting on one of there new slingshot style ride vehicles that have been instaled at SFMM,CP and KBF.
Saturday, November 17, 2001 4:13 AM
YESSSSSS!!!! Finally, I can go bungee jumping without my parents saying NO! Thank you Stan Checketts! You have opened up a new world of fun for me!
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If you see me running, try and keep up!
Saturday, November 17, 2001 5:41 AM
Hope it's as cool as the new Vertigo at CP. Depending on the ride option, that can be freaky. Gotta love it!
Saturday, November 17, 2001 5:54 AM
I can't picture what they mean in my mind... any photos or videos or diagrams of some sort coming?
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Saturday, November 17, 2001 7:47 AM
Your fall is not controlled by the cables or air pressure is it? IS it still a freefall??
Saturday, November 17, 2001 8:54 AM
thanks Pranger. I haven't seen the cars for those rides yet. seeing those animals on those cars is even funnier now!
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
Red Garter Rob
Saturday, November 17, 2001 10:38 AM
Good to hear they worked out the bugs. I was talking to Stan and Wayne from S&S about this when they were putting up VertiGo at CP...
One of us.. One of us..
June 11th, 2001 - Gemini 100
Saturday, November 17, 2001 11:49 AM
What can't S&S do? I don't think we're going to see an end to S&S anytime soon!
2000 Force Laps: 117
2001 Force Laps: 307
VertiGo Shots: 32
Saturday, November 17, 2001 1:24 PM
Give Stan Checketts a tank of air and your sure to have a awesome ride! Sounds Great!
Saturday, November 17, 2001 5:12 PM
Inversions...can ThrustAir do inversions...that's what I want to know
Saturday, November 17, 2001 7:58 PM
Never forget seeing Stan after a ride on his prototype TA2K at his facilities. The ride finishes and the reporter is asking how many people wouldn't want to ride this sort of "contraption". Stan said: "I could build rides EVERYONE wants to ride, but that's called an elevator and it's NOT as amusement ride"...we love you, Stan and Sandy, and KEEP IT UP!
the buzzer formerly known as gatorwoodie
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Craig the Coaster Freak
Sunday, November 18, 2001 8:45 AM
Hopefully that new magnetic braking system will get rid of that mess of brakes on Hypersonic!
S&S-constantly innovating the extreme thrill ride industry.