Volare, the sequel? Looks ouchrageous!
Looks FUN, but admittedly too short....
A friend of mine brought up a good point: with that big drop leading into the station how in the world will they run more than one train?
They won't :) RCDB says one 2-car train.
A friend of mine brought up a good point: with that big drop leading into the station how in the world will they run more than one train? Will the flat spot just prior to it be a block brake that would prevent the train from continuing should there still be a train in the station?
Well, hell, Intamin doesn't have a problem with a 30 ton train going from 50+mph to stop in like 100 feet of track.
This thing looks crazy! I still haven't been on a Vekoma Flyer, but I hear alot of peeps like em. I sure have more fun on a Vekoma SLC than a Batman clone.
Vekoma or no, I have to say I like the current shorter/smaller/meaner/cheaper design trend...
Here is a video: http://www.rollercoasterpro.com/ryan/stingray.wmv
I think it looks like a cool ride, if the seats are comfy.
I think it has a good choice of elements.
This will be a good addition to parks with limited space that would like a flying coaster.
I do like the station fly-by. But it needs some other element(s) before returning to the station.
I'm thinking another pass by the station with a barrel roll and possibly an overbank turn around that faces you inside like on a vert loop.
They say 525 an hour?!?! Thats ludicrous, their regular flyers would be lucky to hit that kind of number and whats their "theoretical capacity" double this? Not to mention the downtimes....
I hope this is a extreme upcharge attraction, as your local sky coaster can put through more people than this thing.
Where did the idea come from? A bunch of folks sitting around a table in the Netherlands saying "how can we take one of our only ride concepts that people don't hate and get the least amount of people possible on the ride?". Thats the only way this could have possibly come to creation. I applaud the new ideas (that look possibly fun besides the waste of half a loop into the staiton), I am in shock and appalled at the practicality.
Vekoma this is complete dereliction of designer responsibilities.
Designers aren't responsible for the capacity of their rides. The parks buying rides are responsible. Vekoma came up with this concept ride and marketed it--are they to blame if a park buys it knowing that it has a low PPH? The expected capacity of this ride isn't much lower than that of Intamin's ZacSpin, and those rides seem to be doing just fine at small to medium sized parks.
Not every ride in a park is going to have a capacity in the thousands. Most flat rides don't hit 500 PPH; why should this ride be counted differently because it's on a track? At any rate, the park is named after a ferris wheel and this will be its only coaster--it doesn't sound like a huge park to me. I think the ride will fit in great.
And I know you're exaggerating, but your claim that a Skycoaster would get higher than this ride is so absurdly incorrect that it hurts your argument. A decent-sized, single-sided Skycoaster run by an efficient crew can put through about thirty riders an hour.
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