What is a Sky Sling?

Friday, January 31, 2003 8:14 PM
Hey everyone! I read somewhere that SFSTL is getting a Sky Sling, but I wasn't sure what that was. Is that the upcharge attraction that was there last season? Just wondering!

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Friday, January 31, 2003 8:23 PM
If you go to the S&S Power website, the ride is on display. It is the 3 tower structure that launches riders into the air in various positions and moods.

Yes, it is an upcharge. There are a number of them in operation, mostly in Six Flags Parks. S&S own them, and they are operated by Six Flags as a revenue share attraction.

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Friday, January 31, 2003 8:24 PM
SFStl had a slingshot lastyear. The Sky Sling is a slightly modified version of the Absolutely Insane rides but modified so it wont fall over (VertiGo at Cedar Point). The "car" is bulkier too, and have a diffrent restraint system. VertiGo was one hell of a ride, and I can't wait to ride the new version.

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Friday, January 31, 2003 8:24 PM
If memory serves my right, I beleive its an updated version of VertiGO with a different pod.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 5:07 AM
Yea, that is exactly what it is. They really didn't even have to design the tower structure, because they were told to not pull off the car and they did, and could have lost a ride because they didn't listen to directions.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 6:57 AM
Why does everyone just assume that Cedar Point didn't listen to instructions, thus making the tower fall down?

The only reason that no one knew of this problem was that Cedar Point was the only park that actually took their car off, because all the other sites for the Absolutely Insane were in parks that operate year-round.

The people at Cedar Point aren't idiots, you know. If S&S Power had told them not to take the car off, then I would think that Cedar Point would have left the car on.

From what I understand, S&S came up with a fix for the problem after the VertiGo incident, which makes it look like they weren't aware of this problem beforehand.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 7:25 AM
Doesn't the new Sky Sling also have a more powerfull launch and features a double launch?
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:54 PM
Do any parks have the Sky Sling yet? I thought all they had were the AI's.
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 6:34 PM
No parks currently have a Sky Sling. Six Flags Great Adventure is to install one this season.

Olov - No, it isn't as powerful and the tower legs themselves are actually quite shorter than the first generation "Absolutely Insane" rides.

The only park right now that currently has one of these things is Six Flags Magic Mountain. Their Absolutely Insane is called Thrill Shot. It is still standing but not operating and is being fixed with the new Sky Sling vehicle, and still remains at the 260' height. Knott's Berry Farm and Cedar Point removed their VertiGos after the incident at Cedar Point during the off-season 01'.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 6:41 PM
Kraxleridah, that is incorrect about the power. In the media demonstration Stan detailed how they are indeed more powerful. This was detailed in First Drop. Screamscape also said this: "Sky Sling has been improved in other areas such as increasing the air power to give riders a double launch of nearly 50 mph at 2.5 Gs" It wasn't nearly that strong before. I forget the exact number.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 6:46 PM
• Knott's VertiGo (Absolutely Insane), removed

- www.twistedrails.com/kbf/images/0915/0915-09.jpg

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• SF Magic Mountain's Thrill Shot (Absolutely Insane), standing

- www.twistedrails.com/sfmm2k1/aug04p3.shtml

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• Cedar Point's VertiGo (Absolutely Insane), removed

- www.thepointol.com/images/ss55.jpg

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 6:51 PM

Peabody said:
Kraxleridah, that is incorrect about the power. In the media demonstration Stan detailed how they are indeed more powerful. This was detailed in First Drop. Screamscape also said this: "Sky Sling has been improved in other areas such as increasing the air power to give riders a double launch of nearly 50 mph at 2.5 Gs" It wasn't nearly that strong before. I forget the exact number.

www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/august01/stories/081601_01.shtml

I'm sure if Checkett's mentioned that they will be more powerfu than the AI's then they are. But both reach speeds of 50 mph though (link above). I suppose the Sky Sling reaches it's maximum height and speed faster than the AI's, but consider that the Sky Slings have had their tower heights chopped down a considerable amount.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 8:51 PM
I wouldn't count on SFStL getting a Sky Sling, especially when they've already made their announcement for the year. The two new Sky Slings are going to SFGAdv and Frontier City. SFMM's ride will be retrofitted.

-Nate

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