SUSPENDED RIDES

POWER GLIDER

Is it a suspended coaster…is it a dark ride? We like to call it a suspended, powered dark ride coaster, but we’re sure you’ll call it “amazing.”

This unique ride system has guests flying through the sky, riding in one of the self-powered 3-vehicle trains suspended from an overhead track. Each vehicle carries 4 riders and is capable of continuous or indexed rotation, directing the rider’s viewing of specific scenes or A/V elements. Speeding up, slowing down and looking all around make this one flight that really lifts your feet off the ground.

Attraction Description

CAVU’s Power Glider™ system is a suspended, powered, spinning coaster that provides a family-friendly aerial tour through an elaborately themed and/or media rich environment. The ride system consists of a number of 3-vehicle trains suspended from a common track. Each self-powered vehicle carries 4 riders side by side in a slightly crescent shaped seating module. The seating module is capable of spinning about its vertical axis a complete 360 degrees, allowing perfect, directed viewing of the environment.

General Specifications

PARAMETER VALUE
Number of Seats per Vehicle (Seat Module) 4
Seat Configuration Single Row of 4 Seats per Module in Slight Crescent Layout
Theoretical Hourly Capacity (THRC Typical assuming 6 trains) 1080
Ingress/Egress Time (Estimate) 30 sec
Show Time (Typical) 3.5 min
Total Ride Time (Typical) 4 min

Details for Designers

PARAMETER VALUE
Number of Seats per Vehicle (Seat Module) 4
Number of Vehicles per Train 3
Seat Configuration Single Row of 4 Seats per Module in Slight Crescent Layout
Restraint System Over the Shoulder Automatic Locking Lap Restraint
Recommended Minimum Rider Height 120 cm
Theoretical Hourly Capacity (THRC Typical assuming 6 trains) 1080
Ingress/Egress Time (Estimate) 30 sec
Show Time (Typical) 3.5 min
Total Ride Time (Typical) 4 min
Maximum Speed 32 km/h
Maximum Forward Acceleration/ Deceleration +/- .7g
Maximum Powered Incline/Decline 11 degrees
Restraint Category 2
Seat Rotation Range 360° Continuous
Seat Rotation Rate (max) 60°/sec
Safety System & Motion/Show Control Rockwell / Allen Bradley
Module Rotation Motion Fully Programmable
Vehicle Speed Motion Fully Programmable
Ancillary Functions Fully Programmable
Extra Features Aux Control Outputs (10%)
Safety Related Control System (SRCS) PLC
PLC Type Rockwell Automation / Allen Bradley
Emergency Evacuation See Special Requirements

 

Functional Description

Once riders take their seats, their comfortable lap bar restraints secured, the vehicles swiftly dispatch them from the station as if taking flight. Each train of three 4-passenger seat modules, holding a total of 12 passengers, features themed FRP cladding and a comfortable, padded seating area with a seat horn for additional safety.

The vehicles are propelled forward — or in reverse — as desired via on-board drive motors. Buss bar rails power the on-board drive motors as well as the motor-driven rotary bearings, which provide complete 360-degree rotation of the seat modules. Programming of the vehicle speed and seat module rotation allows the creative team to direct the focus of the riders to specific scenes while hiding back of house areas. On-board sound is directed to each rider through two speakers per seat, one on either side of the headrest.

When the ride comes to an end, the train enters the station and stops with additional safety of brakes integrated into the on-board motors. Electrically actuated release mechanisms allow the riders to raise up their lap bars for easy exit.

 

Major Elements

  • 3-Vehicle Suspended Train
  • 4 Patron Seating Module per Vehicle
  • Over the Shoulder Lap Restraints and Seat Horn
  • On-Board Propulsion and Brake Drive Motors
  • On-Board Powered Rotary Slewing Bearing per Seat Module
  • Seating/Motion Platform
  • On-Board Sound (2 speakers per seat)
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