The Next Generation Of Vekoma Flying Coasters

Saturday, October 27, 2001 8:45 PM
While doing some browsing through the US Patent website, I came upon some interesting Vekoma files.  At first I thought I had found the patent for Vekoma's Flying coasters, but the patent detailes a flying coaster type similiar to what we are imaging for B&M's...  You start standing under the track and are lifted up into flying position...  Here, check out the images yourself.

 http://patimg1.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=05979333&homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO2%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526u%3D%2Fnetahtml%2Fsearch-adv.htm%2526r%3D71%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526d%3DFT00%2526s1%3DBolliger%2526p%3D2%2526OS%3DArrow%252BDynamics%2526RS%3DBolliger&PageNum=&Rtype=&SectionNum=&idkey=2A98EEFC3B8E

The only reason you see the names of other manufacturers in the URL is because I was deep in search through their products when I stumbed into this one.  Just thought you'd all like to see it...

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 8:50 PM
You sure it isn't B&M's? Looking through the full text portion of it, I found "Bolliger et al." which means B&M are involved somewhere. Also, the date next to it is from 1993, and rumors have it that AT and B&M have been working on this idea for approximatly 7 years.
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Sammy resides in a popcorn box 8 inches under as of 10/24 4:30PM. Sammy was my cockatiel.

*** This post was edited by TrBiggar on 10/28/2001. ***

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Saturday, October 27, 2001 9:05 PM

"Inventors: Houben; Jacob H. M. (Maaseik, BE); Clerx; Petrus J. H. (Roermond, NL) Assignee: Verkoma Technology, B.V. (Vlodrop, NL) Appl. No.: 003254 Filed: January 6, 1998 Foreign Application Priority Data"

Wow, I actually quoted that intending to point out that it said Vekoma, but now that I read it more carefully, it actually says Verkoma...  Is this the same company?  Maybe a different way of spelling it...  Maybe you're right, and I have at last uncovered the treasured B&M Flying coaster train!

But alas, I think not.  The "Bolliger et al" is in the reference section.  It is a link to B&M inverted design.  After going through many of the patent pages, I know that the refrences made are almost always of different inventors of similiar products.  For example, for B&M's hyper coaster seats, there is actually a refrence to a childrens high chair patent.  

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-FCR
I'd Rather Be Riding Roller Coasters

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Sunday, October 28, 2001 12:29 AM
Can anyone help with viewing these patent images.......
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 4:22 AM
coin cwilliam,

Try downloading Quicktime:(http://www.apple.com/quicktime/) and when you install it, make sure you also select the "picture viewer". I know its retarded, and slow, when viewing the pics, but you'll have to deal with it.

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