Six Flags' chief engineer profiled in Wall Street Journal

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 10:52 AM | Contributed by LostKause

As chief corporate engineer of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Larry Chickola presides over one of the nation's largest collection of roller coasters (120) and other stomach-churning rides (680). He likes rides that simulate the sensation of flight. He must also ensure that the sudden twists and turns adhere to rigorous safety standards, which limit the strength and duration of gravitational forces to which riders can be exposed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 8:30 PM

Mr. Chickola's favorite calculator is the H-P 15c, which he's had since 1986 and knows forward and backward.

I wonder if that is supposed to be a joke. HP calculators use RPN.

Chickola also chairs the ASTM subcommittee that is working on acceleration limit standards.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011 8:39 PM

Those of us with 41CV laughed at the girly 10, 11 and 15, although they did fit better in a backpack.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 4:26 PM

"Workmen had to walk along the mile-long ride every day to check for loose bolts and worn patches."

Wow. Bet they do that only on a few thousand other coasters.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:14 AM

Ah yes, Larry. I sent him and Kristin Siebeniecher (sp) my resoom some moons ago when I was all fired up on working in the industry. Both really nice people.

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