I don't know but the first drop on Vekoma's designs look much more intense. -I know that AIR has a limited height, and it will be more of a build up of speed, (like Nemesis) but couldn't the georgia version have a more fierce drop?
I think part of the novelty of the B&M flyer is the fact that it features an intense, ground-hugging flight. Personally, I think the fact that it can stay low and still get speeds up to 60+ will make for a great ride.
Sitting upright or standing, that would appear weak but in a flying position, I dont see a problem with it. ----------------- Im going to grab a cold one! WHAT? Walk to my computer! WHAT? Turn the thing on! WHAT? Log on to Coasterbuzz! WHAT? I said log on to Coasterbuzz!! WHAT?WHAT?WHAT?
People made the same comments about Nemesis first drop before it opened. Looks can be deceiving. :) ----------------- 2001:The downfall of Disney. The year they stopped asking the mouse for his opinion.
In other words, if the drop is steep, you would practically be standing on your head. Not very comfortable, well for the first rows as they crawl over. Plus steeper drops would need bigger pull-outs to keep the Gs down - very critical when it comes to a Flyer.
I think it would ahve been really cool if it flew through a tunnel at the bottom of the drop... which sets you up for the Pretzel loop =) .. at least there is a tunnel later in the ride... I really want to ride this thing!
The vertical position would be no problem since you and the train are accelerating at the same rate. The Vekoma Dutchmen already go straight down coming out of the loop. The real limit on the first drop is the pullout in the flying position. If you get too steep, there just isn't room for the large radius pullout needed to limit Gs to the 2.0 or so that is the limit in face down flying position.
Yeah that drop isn't as steep as many coasters which is pretty obvious. The angle of that picture, however, I think makes it look less steep than it really is. I've seen other pictures from other angles and it looks more steep than that. Don't forget, B:TR has a smaller drop and is one of the most intense rollercoasters around.
Well look at the Vekoma Flyer's...when you are watching them they seem sooo slow...but when you ride them it feels like you are going ten times that speed. ----------------- "Villain-Once You Drop, The Fun Don't Stop!"~SFWoA Rules In 2002~With SFWoA ANYTHING Is Possible!