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Skycoaster

Product
Skycoaster
Status In production
Introduced 1994
First built Skycoaster
Statistics
Manufacturer Skycoaster, Inc.

A Skycoaster is an amusement park ride, produced and managed by Skycoaster, Inc., owned division of Ride Entertainment Group. On the ride, riders in groups of 1 to 3 are winched to the top of a launch tower and then dropped towards the ground, swinging from a cable tether back and forth until brought to a rest.

Skycoasters can range from 100–300 feet in height. Skycoaster is an upcharge attraction at most installations, an additional fare is charged to riders who have already paid general admission to the park, and so must pay again for each ride. Names for the ride include variations of Skycoaster, along with Dare Devil Dive (at Six Flags parks), RipCord, and Xtreme Skyflyer (at Cedar Fair parks).

Production

The company is based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Parts are manufactured throughout the United States, with the attractions assembled on site.

The two most common types of Skycoasters are lattice and monopole. Lattice Skycoasters were manufactured in a variety of sizes, but the 173-dual arch and 100-foot single arch were the most common. Monopole Skycoasters were manufactured in a variety of sizes, 100-foot single, 100-foot dual, 180-foot single, 180-foot dual, and one 300-foot unit. Earlier Skycoasters have some unique tower structures that do not fall within these categories.

Flight cables are made of 5⁄16 inch galvanized steel, which supports 9,800 pounds, or stainless steel, which supports 9,000 pounds. However, the maximum weight for a flight is 850 pounds, mainly due to the winch. The 3-ring release system used on the Skycoaster is the same kind used on parachutes. Each Skycoaster features harnesses that are similar to hang gliding suits. There are three types of harnesses: a blue one, a red one and a pink one. Small-sized guests will wear the pink harness, medium-sized guests would wear the blue harness and the large-sized guests will wear the red harness.

There are two types of Skycoaster loading systems. One is the Rolling boarding platform, a cart is rolled out to and from flight line in order to help the flyers on and off the ride. The other is the Scissors lift, an elevator-like platform is raised up and down to allow flyers on and off the ride.

Installations

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Name Park Location Opened Status
SkyCoaster Adventure Park USA
USA
Unknown Operating
Skycoaster American Adventure Theme Park
UK
1997 2006
Sky Coaster Big Kahuna's
USA
1994 or earlier Operating
Xtreme Skyflyer California's Great America
USA
1997 Operating
Xtreme Skyflyer Canada's Wonderland
Canada
1996 Operating
RipCord Carowinds
USA
June 30, 1995 Operating
Professor Delbert's Frontier Fling Cedar Point
USA
1996 Operating
XLR8R Elitch Gardens
USA
1996 Operating
Geronimo Frontier City
USA
1995 Operating
Skycoaster Fun Spot America
USA
November 22, 1997 Operating
Skycoaster Fun Spot America
MGM Grand Adventures
USA
2013
1996
Operating
2001
RipCord Geauga Lake
USA
1999 September 16, 2007
Dare Devil Dive Great Escape
USA
2001 Operating
Hadikali Hopi Hari
Brazil
1997 Operating
Skycoaster Indiana Beach
USA
1995 Operating
Skycoaster Kennywood
USA
April 23, 1994 Operating
Skycoaster Kentucky Kingdom
USA
April 7, 2001 2009
Xtreme Skyflyer Kings Dominion
USA
March 30, 1996 Operating
Xtreme Skyflyer Kings Island
USA
1995 Operating
Catapulte La Ronde
Canada
2008 Operating
Skycoaster Lagoon
USA
1995 Operating
Skycoaster Lake Compounce
USA
1998 Operating
Sky Shark Magic Springs
USA
2014 Operating
Vertigo Oakwood Theme Park
UK
1997 Operating
Vértigo Xtremo Parque de la Costa
Argentina
2001 Operating
Drop Zone Playland
Canada
1998 Operating
Dare Devil Dive Six Flags America
USA
2001 2018
Barnstormer Six Flags AstroWorld
USA
1995 October 30, 2005
Red Hawk Six Flags Darien Lake
USA
1995 Operating
Skycoaster Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
USA
2001 2021
Dare Devil Dive Six Flags Great Adventure
USA
1997 Operating
Dare Devil Dive Six Flags Great America
USA
1997 Operating
Dive Devil Six Flags Magic Mountain
USA
1996 Operating
X-Flight Six Flags Mexico
Mexico
2015 Operating
Taz's Daredevil Dive Six Flags New England
USA
1995 2013
Skycoaster Six Flags New Orleans
USA
May 20, 2000 2005
Skycoaster Six Flags Over Georgia
USA
1996 Operating
Dive Bomber Alley Six Flags Over Texas
USA
March 9, 1996 Operating
Dragon's Wing Six Flags St. Louis
USA
1996 Operating
SkyCoaster TusenFryd
Norway
1996 Operating
Ripcord Valleyfair
USA
May 10, 1996 Operating
Wild Adventures Wild Adventures
USA
1999 Operating
I-5 Dive Skycoaster Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
USA
1999 Operating
Ripcord Worlds of Fun
USA
May 1996 Operating