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Rob Ascough said:

Wish it was closer to home, though.

Of the eleven GCI coasters all bar two of them are in the USA. Don't be greedy :)

It's only a ninety minute flight from here plus a quick drive in a rental car. Toverland is a great little park; the Booster Bike there is pretty sweet.

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At 105' tall (GCI's tallest, BTW), it seems ABOUT reasonable for the drop LENGTH to be about 180'. Just a thought...

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Acoustic Viscosity said:

All of GCI's coasters have at least one straight hill.

**WHERE **then is this **STRAIGHT** hill on OzCat? 'Cause I don't remember feeling or seeing one.

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[105 x 105] + [180 x 180] = ~[208.38 x 208.38]

That's all I remember from the Pythagorean Theorem. Anyone want to calculate the angle of the drop given those numbers? ;)

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a²+b²=c²

105²+b²=180²

11025+b²=32400

b²=21375

b=146.20

Keeping 3 significant figures, that gives us approximately 146' laterally, as measured along the ground (or "in the x direction").

Now that we have that calculation, the angle of the drop uses the famous "SohCahToa" rule: Sin = Opposite/Hypotenuse; Cos=Adjacent/Hypotenuse; Tan=Opposite/Adjacent

Sin(x)=105/180; Six(x)=.583; Sin(x)=35.7°

Cos(x)=146/180; Cos(x)=.811; Cos(x)=35.8°

Tan(x)=105/146; Tan(x)=.719; Tan(x)=35.7°

Given rounding errors, these all arrive at approximately the same figure, which for a 105' tall coaster, would be one not-thrilling drop (although Silver Bullet does pack a bunch with a low-angled drop!)

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Edit: If, on the other hand, the 180 was the x-component, then your figure is correct of 208 (would would be the actual length of track traversed from the top of the drop to the bottom as if it were laid out straight), and that would make the angle of descent (using tangent) of 105/180, or 30.3°.. still in the same ballpark, but just as boring-sounding. :) *** Edited 1/30/2007 12:12:51 PM UTC by dannerman***

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Since I brought it up, I had to check the angle of Beast's second drop....rcdb says it's a whopping 18* - and I doubt anyone finmds THAT drop "un-thrilling".... ;)

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By the way, I teach that in my math class. ;)

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Before:

http://www.toverland.info/content/woodynews/images/cam1.jpg

After:

http://www.toverland.info/content/woodynews/images/cam2.jpg

Here's some information copied from Justin Garvanovic's post on the ecc mailing list. It's a reply from GCI regarding the incident:

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At around 12:30 today, a gale-force wind swept through the Sevenum area. The

wind blew over 13 bents of the lift structure, but thankfully all employees

were off-site eating lunch at the time of damage.

Initial inspections of the damage reveal that the foundation and anchors are

intact, and most of the lumber contained in the affected bents is

salvageable. We will have to replace several large legs and batters with new

material.

It is important to note that a coaster is not as strong during the

construction process as it is when completed, since all supporting batters,

bracing and track are not yet in place.

We hope to have all affected areas rebuilt within a week or so.

Again, we are blessed that no employees were injured during this unforseen

event.

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Crazy stuff.

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