Star Flyer: Coasters just don´t thrill anymore

Saturday, November 22, 2003 12:44 PM
A few weeks ago these photos appeared in a german forum, showing the assembling of an obscure 200 ft. flying chairs/Tower hybrid ride in Viennas Prater Park.

No one knew where it came from and what exactly it was about to do... and why.

Now Screamscape shows the same ride at the IAAPA. Its a Star Flyer by (italian?) company Fun Time.

I thought I´d have no fear of heights, but this ride looks downright scary.
The idea of sitting in a typical little chair flying at an 45° angle 2oo ft above the ground is frightening. But this baby will then drop around 60 ft. sending the chairs out to a 90° angle. INSANE!

Screamscape mentions that the ride awaits its TÜV approval and might then go to Kissime.
So I guess that the one they erected in Vienna is the model that will now be tested by the TÜV team.

I just wonder how they stabilize the chains and seats while dropping the whole thing.

Very intimidating.

All aboard for FUNTIME!

Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:06 PM
Just a clarification... it's 60 meters, not 60 feet.
Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:13 PM
Spoke to them at IAAPA, original designer of the Slingshot, out of Vienna I believe. Really cool ride.
Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:24 PM

Michael Darling said:
Just a clarification... it's 60 meters, not 60 feet.

Yes, as I wrote: Its 200 ft.high but drops about 60 ft.

Its time the world agrees on one measurement: The metric system, off course ;-)

Saturday, November 22, 2003 4:19 PM
My worst nightmare would be flying out of that thing and waiting to land with a THUMP!
Saturday, November 22, 2003 5:15 PM
Seeing that I've done the Sky Coaster at Old Town (the 300 footer for those who don't recall), I'll have to say that this attraction is where I will draw the line.

You're whirling around a swing 200 ft in the air at 53 Mph and then you suddenly drop 60 feet? I hate to say it but count me out on that one, I'm okay with swings but that's just nuts. From the pictures on the forum it looks just as crazy as it sounds.

Watch me ride it anyways if one of those pops up around here. ;) I remember saying that I wasn't going to do the Sky Coaster when I first saw it in person.

~Rob Willi

Saturday, November 22, 2003 5:29 PM
If I can't have my Monty Python Meaning of Life death, this ride is how I want to go. Yikes.
Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:25 PM
Starflyer 59 is one of the greatest bands ever! Oh wait...this thread isn't about rock 'n' roll.

I'd love to ride the Star Flyer. It reminds me of the old Bradley and Kaye Barnstormer ride at Opryland... minus the planes. Looks very thrilling!

Saturday, November 22, 2003 7:09 PM
How come the Europians are always coming up with such crazy rides like Star Flyer and Fresh and Cool!? I wish they would come over here with some of their ideas!
Saturday, November 22, 2003 8:21 PM

I must ride that.

Sunday, November 23, 2003 12:35 PM
Did you read that part that said: Der Trager steht derziet in Eintzeltielen nebeneinender? I totally agree. Anyway that does sound pretty intense.
Sunday, November 23, 2003 2:55 PM

I thought it was a joke at first....

Monday, November 24, 2003 12:33 PM
looks like they plan to have one at Old Towne in Orlando!!! hopefully this is true, as I live 15 minutes away. I just hope it isn't priced as high as top fuel drag race. I want to, but I can't justify 27 dollars just for 2 seconds. I will someday, once the price goes down.
Monday, November 24, 2003 1:06 PM
Monday, November 24, 2003 3:41 PM
Well, if the Strat ever decides to replace Big Shot, my vote would go for one of these bad boys! Talk about sh@# your pants scary!
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 4:05 AM
^Yeah, I guess it will feel quite lonely in one of those tiny seats at 200 ft. But on top of the Stratosphere... madness.

I guess they should install double seats to offer some company.

Thursday, March 18, 2004 3:59 AM
Time to dig up old threads:

The STAR FLYER opened yesterday in Vienna. Reports say that it is truly amazing, thrilling and frightening at the same time.

Pictures of first ride:

More impressions of Prater in the snow, opening of Volare, aerial views and other stuff here (mucho MB):

Thursday, March 18, 2004 7:25 AM
Given how far off the ground it goes, I'd honestly expect a more idiot-proof restraint system here in lawsuit happy America. Looks amazing, though.
Thursday, March 18, 2004 9:02 AM
I have dibs on the blonde....smokin'

Can't wait to see if Old Town puts on of these up.

Thursday, March 18, 2004 9:24 AM

Coaster Joe said:
I have dibs on the blonde....smokin'

Then I'll take her little friend there.
Crap. This wedding ring won't come off.


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