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Air Crow at Indiana Beach. Note the "No snapping of cables" sign
Flyers in operation at Stricker's Grove

Flying Scooters, also known simply as Flyers, is an amusement ride consisting of a center post with ride vehicles suspended from arms attached to the center post. The ride dates back to the 1930s and 1940s when Bisch-Rocco manufactured the ride. In the early 2000s, Larson International revived the concept and is the sole manufacturer of these rides.

When the ride is in operation, a motor causes the arms to spin, with centrifugal forces causing the ride vehicles to fly outwards. Each ride vehicle is equipped with a large rudder, allowing riders to control the motion of their vehicle. The minimum rider height requirement is usually 36 inches tall or more.

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Cable snappingEdit

Although Flying Scooters are generally considered a mild ride, a skilled rider can "snap" the cables suspending the vehicle, and thus gain a more extreme and out-of-control experience. Snapping is caused by the cables slacking due to quick motions of the vehicle. Snapping is made easier on older and faster Flying Scooters rides such as the Flyer at Knoebels or others manufactured by Bisch-Rocco. Some newer models, such as those manufactured by Larson, are designed to prevent snapping. Snapping is sometimes discouraged due to maintenance and safety reasons, and in the case of some parks, snapping is punishable by the ride cycle being stopped early and the offending rider being removed from the ride.

InstallationsEdit

Name Park Location Manufacturer Opened Status Ref
Flyer Knoebels Amusement Resort   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Operating [1]
Flying Fish Story Land   United States Larson International Unknown Operating [2]
Flying Scooter Bland's Park   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Removed [3][4]
Flying Scooter Americana Amusement Park   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Removed
Flying Scooters Erieview Park   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Operating [5]
Flying Scooters Stricker's Grove   United States Unknown Unknown Operating
Flying Scooters Whalom Park   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Removed [6]
Rowdy Roosters Canobie Lake Park
Palisades Amusement Park
  United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Operating
S.S. Stingray Jungle Jack's Landing   United States Unknown Unknown Operating
Seabreeze Flyers Seabreeze Amusement Park   United States Unknown Unknown Operating
Spirit of Kitty Hawk Frontier Village   United States Bisch-Rocco Unknown Removed
Phantom Phlyer Kennywood   United States Bisch-Rocco 1937 Removed
Aerial Joy Ride Hersheypark   United States Spillman Manufacturing 1941 Removed
Flying Aces Lagoon Amusement Park   United States Bisch-Rocco 1941 Operating
Unknown West View Park   United States Bisch-Rocco 1946 Removed
Flying Scooter Bushkill Park   United States Bisch-Rocco 1950 Removed [3]
Flying Scooters Playland Park   United States Bisch-Rocco 1950 Removed [7]
Flying Scooters Geauga Lake   United States Bisch-Rocco 1958 Removed
Flying Eagles Kings Dominion   United States Bisch-Rocco 1975 Operating
Eagle's Flight Holiday World   United States Bisch-Rocco 1976 Operating [8]
Flying Scooter Conneaut Lake Park
Euclid Beach Park
Old Indiana Fun Park
  United States Bisch-Rocco 1997
Unknown
Unknown
Operating
Flying Eagles California's Great America   United States Larson International 2002 Operating
American Flyers Lake Compounce   United States Bisch-Rocco 2003 Operating
Frontier Flyers Hersheypark   United States Larson International 2003 Operating [9]
Air Crow Indiana Beach   United States Unknown 2004 Operating
Tink's Flying School Oakwood Theme Park   United States Unknown 2004 Operating
Mountain Gliders
Formerly Woodstock Gliders, Phantom Flyers
Formerly Flying Eagles, Flying Scooters
Carowinds
Kings Island
Coney Island
  United States Bisch-Rocco 2005
1972 to 2004
1940 to 1971
Operating
Air Crow Indiana Beach   United States Larson International 2005 Operating
Flying Scooters Camden Park   United States Unknown 2006 Operating
Flying Aces Idlewild Park   United States Larson International 2007 Operating
Dragons Fly Castle Park   United States Larson International 2008 Operating [10]
Hornet's Nest Darien Lake   United States Larson International 2012 Operating [11]
Thunderbirds
Formerly Flying Scooters
Eldridge Park
Fun Spot Amusement Park & Zoo
Fantasy Farm
  United States Bisch-Rocco 2012
Unknown
Unknown
Operating
Lakeside Gliders Michigan's Adventure   United States Larson International 2013 Operating
Screamin' Eagles Great Escape   United States Larson International 2013 Operating [12]
Surfside Gliders Knott's Berry Farm   United States Larson International 2013 Operating [13]
French Quarter Flyers Six Flags America   United States Larson International 2014 Operating
Lake Erie Eagles Cedar Point   United States Larson International 2014 Operating
Professor John's Flying Machines Kentucky Kingdom   United States Larson International 2014 Operating
Winged Warrior Frontier City   United States Larson International 2014 Operating
Cedar Creek Flyers Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom   United States Larson International 2015 Operating
Kong Morey's Piers   United States Larson International 2015 Operating
Woodstock Gliders Kings Island   United States Larson International 2015 Operating
Flying Eagles Canada's Wonderland   Canada Larson International 2016 Operating
Flying Eagles Valleyfair   United States Larson International 2016 Operating
Phoenix La Ronde   Canada Larson International 2016 Operating [14]
Woodstock Gliders Worlds of Fun   United States Larson International 2016 Operating
Wonder Woman Flight School Six Flags Over Georgia   United States Larson International 2016 Operating [14]
Flying Scooter Fox Creek Amusement Company   United States Bisch-Rocco 2016 Operating
The Mad Mocking Bird Dollywood   United States Larson International 2019 Operating

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Futrell, Jim (17 May 1999). "Not all the good rides are new". Amusement Business. 111 (20): 21.
  2. ^ Ruben, Paul (7 May 2009). "Story Land". Park World Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b Futrell, Jim (2002). Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania. Stackpole Books. ISBN 0811726711.
  4. ^ Futrell, Jim (10 September 2001). "Name change helps Bland's keep up with special sauce". Amusement Business. 113 (36): 53.
  5. ^ O'Brien, Tim (25 November 2002). "Attendance increase highlights 57th season". Amusement Business. 114 (47): 9.
  6. ^ O'Brien, Tim (12 November 2001). "Whalom Park assets to go on block". Amusement Business. 113 (45): 39.
  7. ^ "Playland Park (Justice, Illinois, USA)". rcdb.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Kyriazi, Gary (1 November 2006). "Holiday World: Redefining family entertainment". Park World Magazine. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  9. ^ Barbieri, Kelly (3 February 2003). "Hersheypark prepares for new rides, food". Amusement Business. 115 (5).
  10. ^ "Dragons Fly at Castle Park: Larson Scooters now open". Park World Magazine. 30 May 2008. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Kernels – May 2012". Park World Magazine. 9 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Screamin' Eagles at the Great Escape". Park World: 12. August 2013.
  13. ^ "New at Knott's". Park World Magazine. 12 December 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (September 3, 2015). "Six Flags unveils new attractions for every park in 2016". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 3, 2015.

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