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A typical Skycoaster's entire structure, including the lifting towers and the main arch
The arch tower of the world's tallest SkyCoaster in Kissimmee, Florida


Skycoaster, most commonly also named Ripcord (in Cedar Fair, L.P.-owned theme parks) or Xtreme SkyFlyer (in former Paramount-owned theme parks), is an amusement park ride, produced and managed by Skycoaster, Inc.. On the ride, riders in groups of 1 to 3 are winched to the top of a launch tower and then dropped to the ground, swinging from a cable tether back and forth until brought to a rest. Sky Coasters can range from 100–300 feet (30–91 m) in height. In most cases, riders who already paid admission to the park must pay again to ride the Skycoaster.

Notable facts

  • Bill Kitchen took his first skydive in 1990 He wanted other people to be able to have the same experience without having to jump from a airplane.


  • The first Skycoaster ride opened in 1993; since then, Skycoaster, Inc. has opened more than 108 rides, all around the world.
  • Flight cables are made of 5/16 inch (0.8 cm) galvanized steel, which supports 9,800 pounds (4,445 kg), or stainless steel, which supports 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg). However, the maximum weight for a flight is 850 pounds (385 kg), mainly due to the winch.
  • The 3-ring release system used on the Skycoaster is the same as that used on parachutes.
  • The flight suits worn are similar to hang gliding suits, and are made by a parachute company to support weight of up to 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg).
  • Each flight lasts about 5 minutes.
  • The 300 foot tall Skycoaster is located in Kissimmee, Floridamarker. It's the tallest SkyCoaster in the world.
  • The first amusement park to make a permanent installation of a SkyCoaster is Kennywoodmarker Park.
  • The Royal Rush Skycoaster in Canon City, Colorado momentarily hangs fliers at a height of 1200ft above the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.


Sky Coaster Operation

  • Sky Coaster Operations are strictly followed from the Sky Coaster Owners Manual. This is published each year.


Positions

  • Customer Representative: This position is generally the cashier. They are responsible for answering general questions about the ride and selling tickets.


  • Video Person: This person is the one that video tapes the fliers on the ride.


  • Flight Suiter: A flight suiter is the first trained person according to the Owners Manual. The Flight Suiter's responsibility is to ensure all fliers are correctly suited in one of five sizes of flight suits.


  • Expediter: This crew member is responsible for helping the controllers. They brief the flier on what is required of them during their flight, and escort the flier to the lift platform and assist in lowering the launch bridle.


  • Assistant Controller: The assistant controller hooks the fliers to the Flight Cables and the Launch Release System.


  • Controller: This is the person that winches the fliers to the top of the tower. Although they work with the Assistant controller on the platform, they do not assist in the hooking up of the fliers, rather they watch the Assistant controller do it and make sure all carabiners are locked and fliers are hooked up safely.


  • Site Controller: This position is the most trained of all the crew at Sky Coaster. They receive over 24 hours of training. They are also certified by Sky Coaster, INC. In addition to performing other tasks such as controlling, they will check important mechanical aspects of the Skycoaster ride to make sure they are within guidelines for operational compliance.


  • Senior Site Controller: This is a title more than a certification. They are responsible for the training and overall operation of the ride.


Types of Sky Coasters

There are two types of sky coasters:

  • Rolling boarding platform: A cart is rolled out to and from flight line in order to help the flyers on and off the ride


  • Scissors lift: An elevator-like platform is raised up and down to allow flyers on and off the ride.


Sky Coaster University

  • A yearly convention takes place. The senior site controller from each site is required to attend.


Amusement Parks with Skycoasters

Park Name Ride Name Location Height
Fun Spot USA Skycoaster Kissimmee, Florida 300 feet
Parque de la Costa VertigoXtremo Buenos Aires, Argentinamarker 213 feet
Skyborne Skycoaster London, England 200 feet
PlayCenter Skycoaster São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazilmarker 197 feet
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Sky Coaster Arlington, Texasmarker 190 feet
Wild Adventuresmarker Geronimo Skycoaster Valdosta, Georgia 190 feet
Worlds of Funmarker RipCord Kansas City, Missourimarker 189 feet
Michigan's Adventuremarker RipCord Muskegon, Michiganmarker 183 feet
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resortmarker Sky Coaster New Braunfels, Texasmarker 183 feet
Kennywoodmarker Skycoaster Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker 180 feet
Lake Compouncemarker Skycoaster Bristolmarker, Connecticutmarker 180 feet
Valleyfairmarker RipCord Shakopee, Minnesotamarker 180 feet
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort Skycoaster Darien, New Yorkmarker 180 feet
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdommarker Skycoaster Louisville, Kentuckymarker 180 feet
Six Flags Over Georgiamarker Fearless Freep's Daredevil Dive Austell, Georgiamarker 180 feet
Ultimate Rush Speed & Thrill Park Ultimate Rush Reno, Nevadamarker 180 feet
Hopi Harimarker Hadikali Vinhedo, São Paulomarker, Brazilmarker 174 feet
La Rondemarker La Catapulte Montreal, Quebecmarker, Canadamarker 173 feet
Canada's Wonderlandmarker Xtreme SkyFlyer Vaughan, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker 170 feet
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdommarker Sky Coaster Lake George, New York 175 feet
Seoul Land SKY-X Seoulmarker, South Koreamarker 165 feet
Oakwood Theme Parkmarker Vertigo Pembrokeshiremarker, Walesmarker 164 feet
Elitch Gardensmarker XLR8R Denver, Coloradomarker 160 feet
Kings Islandmarker Xtreme SkyFlyer Warren County, Ohiomarker 153 feet
Six Flags Magic Mountainmarker Dive Devil Valencia, California 153 feet
Kings Dominionmarker Xtreme SkyFlyer Doswell, Virginiamarker 153 feet
Carowindsmarker Xtreme SkyFlyer Charlotte, North Carolinamarker 153 feet
Great Americamarker Xtreme SkyFlyer Santa Clara, Californiamarker 153 feet
Six Flags Great Adventuremarker Dare Devil Dive Jackson, New Jerseymarker 153 feet
Six Flags Over Texasmarker Dive Bomber Alley Arlington, Texasmarker 153 feet
Six Flags St. Louismarker Dragon's Wing Eureka, Missourimarker 152 feet
Cedar Pointmarker RipCord Sandusky, Ohiomarker 152 feet
Lagoon Amusement Parkmarker Skycoaster Farmington, Utahmarker 143 feet
Six Flags New Englandmarker Sky Coaster Agawam, Massachusettsmarker 128 feet
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointemarker Skycoaster Greensboro, North Carolinamarker 125 feet
Enchanted Villagemarker I-5 Sky Dive Federal Way, Washingtonmarker 125 feet
Six Flags Great Americamarker Dare Devil Dive Gurnee, Illinoismarker 125 feet
Blackpool South Pier Skycoaster Blackpool, UK 120 feet
Six Flags Americamarker Skycoaster Prince George's County, Marylandmarker 115 feet
Bell's Amusement Park Dive Devil Tulsa, Oklahomamarker 113 Feet
Frontier Citymarker Geronimo Oklahoma Citymarker, Oklahomamarker 113 feet
The Track Family Fun Center Skycoaster Gulf Shores, Alabamamarker 110 feet
Karasyk Skycoaster Ayia Napamarker, Cyprusmarker 110 feet
Zero Gravity Skycoaster Dallas, Texasmarker 110 Feet
Big Kahuna's Skycoaster Destin, Floridamarker 110 Feet
Tusenfrydmarker Skycoaster Oslomarker, Norwaymarker 110 feet
Parque Mundo Aventura Skycoaster Bogotá D.C.marker, Colombiamarker 110 feet
Cici Waterpark The Skycoaster Acapulcomarker, Mexicomarker 100 feet
Ratanga Junction The Slingshot Century City, Cape Townmarker, South Africa 100 feet
Nascar Speedpark Skyflyer Myrtle Beach, South Carolinamarker 100 Feet
Ozark Mountain Skycoaster Skycoaster Branson, Missourimarker 100 Feet
Joyland Park Sky Coaster Wichita, Kansasmarker 100 feet
Extreme World/Mt. Olympus Skycoaster Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsinmarker 100 feet
Indiana Beachmarker Sky Coaster Monticello, Indianamarker 100 feet
Morey's Piersmarker - Adventure Pier Sky Coaster Wildwood, New Jerseymarker 100 feet
Morey's Piersmarker - Surfside Pier Sky Coaster Wildwood, New Jerseymarker 100 feet
Funtown Pier Skycoaster Seaside Heights, New Jerseymarker 100 feet
Royal Gorge Park Royal Rush Royal Gorge, Coloradomarker 100 feet
Seacoast Fun Park SkyMax North Windham, Mainemarker 100 feet
Six Flags Discovery Kingdommarker Skycoaster Vallejo, Californiamarker 100 feet
Mitsui Greenland Parachute Drop Arao-shi, Japanmarker ??
Tokyo SummerLand ?? Tokyo, Japanmarker ??
Al Jeewanah Trading Co. Fadheel, Kuwaitmarker ??
Parque de las Americas ?? Bogotámarker, Colombiamarker ??
Superland Sky Coaster Rishon LeZionmarker, Israelmarker ??
Defunct Skycoasters
Geauga Lakemarker Ripcord Aurora, OHmarker 100 feet
MGM Grand Adventures Theme Parkmarker Sky Screamer Las Vegas, Nevadamarker 250 feet
Six Flags AstroWorldmarker Barnstormer Houston, Texasmarker 151 feet
Six Flags Fiesta Texasmarker Sceamin' Skycoaster San Antonio, Texasmarker 180 feet
Six Flags New Orleansmarker Sky Coaster New Orleans, Louisianamarker 180 feet
The American Adventure Theme Parkmarker Skycoaster Ilkestonmarker, Derbyshiremarker 200 feet
Opryland Skycoaster Nashville, TNmarker 152 feet


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