IAAPA 2001: S&S, Premier recognized for new products

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2001 1:10 PM | Contributed by Jeff

S&S Power was awarded first place in the best new amusement/theme park attraction category for the Thrust Air. Hypersonic XLC opened this year at Paramount's Kings Dominion and an even faster ride is testing in Japan.

Premier Rides was also recognized for the best technology applied to amusements, winning the award for their retrofit of the lap bars on the Flight of Fear coasters at Dominion and Paramount's Kings Island.

Sunday, November 18, 2001 1:11 PM
I hope the people who feel that inverting coasters need OTSR's are reading this twice!

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"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Sunday, November 18, 2001 1:14 PM
Go S&S and Premire!!  Woohoo!!

They sure have been leaders in innovations lately along with Setpoint but none of their Sizemic or Over The Top designs have been built yet.

Aren't the Thrust Air lap bars able to handle inversions too?

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Sunday, November 18, 2001 1:30 PM
The new Thrust Air 2000 model looked great, I was kind of disappointed that S&S's new "Absolutely Insane" ride was Vertigo, hope this doesn't mean that 6 Vertigos are being built next year, don't want this ride to have the same future as Skycoaster.  Also, I think if S&S put out those new magnetic brake systems out they would probably have won this award, that display was sweet.
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Sunday, November 18, 2001 2:11 PM
When was Insane going to ever be something other than what it is? It was named in the permits for Cedar Point's installation weeks before it was ever built. Yes, there are going to be six more built next year, and I think the whole point is for it to be the next Skycoaster.

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"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Sunday, November 18, 2001 2:27 PM
I hope so... Skycoasters are boring!! :)

Vertigos look liketons of fun! Fungee look even better!

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Sunday, November 18, 2001 2:32 PM
You guys also forgot Robin that is one of my favorite coasters now.
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Sunday, November 18, 2001 3:38 PM
Plus the absoloutly insane rides are 3 (well, 4 technically) different rides in one... :)
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Sunday, November 18, 2001 4:51 PM
Having just ridden my first Thrillshot today at SFMM with friends Mike "Bassistist" Miller, Greg "Coasterbuf" Galley and Tony "I need a nickname" Milano all we could say was, "WOW!" I have seen this S&S ride in operation at both SFMM and KBF and thought it looked slow and boring but wanted to try it at least once anyway. It totally blew away all my expectations and I would much rather ride a Thrillshot than a skycoaster anyday!

Unlike KBF SFMM's Thrillshot offers a "2 shot" deal for $15 and the four of us chose Option 2 [up-right on the way up, upside-down on the way down] as our first shot and Option 4 [upside-down on the way up and up-right up on the way down] as our second shot.

I was prepared to ride hands-up but as we approached the top and my seat tilted forward and I was upside-down almost 300' in the air and hanging into the restraints I found myself reaching for the bar in front of me! Having experienced that I was confident I could ride without holding on for the second shot. Again I was wrong. We were turned upside-down as the vehicle was shot and you rode the restraints -- OFF THE SEAT -- all the way up. A bit unnerving at first but VERY fun.

The best moment on the ride came as a total surprise to all of us. In the up-right position you can only see the person next to you. Because there were four of us we had to split up, sitting 2-1-1. On our first shot as we reached the top and our seats tilted forward we were upside-down and the four of us were able to see each other. That caught us all off guard and we all began saying, "hello" to each other and laughing. Brilliant!!

One more bit of praise for S&S: the 5-point restraint system on Thrillshot was incredibly comfortable, more-so than the restraints I've experienced on any Skycoster and Katanga [Turbo Force?].

Sorry for the long post...just wanted to put in my .02 cents.
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 11/18/2001. ***

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