Monday, November 19, 2012

Premier Rides Lands Major Award for Superman Ultimate Flight

Six Flags and Premier receive Best New Ride award for Superman Ultimate Flight(tm). From left to right, Lana Magilner, Sara Ingram, Jim Seay of Premier Rides, CEO Jim Reid-Anderson, Tom Iven, Walt Bowser, and John Odum of Six Flags.
One of the most coveted awards that are given out during the annual IAAPA trade show is that of the Best New Product, and this year Premier Rides is proud to have taken the title with their innovative Superman Ultimate Flight attraction at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

The unique roller coaster features the tallest inversion West of the Mississippi, and includes several launches, a twisted heartline inversion taken high above the ground, ascending and descending twists, and two vertical rolls.

Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides, said, “We are extremely proud of this product because it showcased the collaborative talents of Six Flags and Premier and brought an innovative technological perspective to roller coaster attractions.  Six Flags has a coveted reputation for delivering cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind thrill rides and all of us at Premier were honored with the trust placed in us to deliver such a powerful attraction. We are grateful for the industry’s recognition.”

Superman Ultimate Flight starts as trains are launched from the station up to 65 feet, then drop backward and are accelerated backwards to a height of 80 feet.  Falling forward, a final launch pushes the train up to the top height of 150 feet where the train slows as it enters the heartline roll.  A vertical drop comes next, ending in a twisted loop featuring approximately three and a half Gs. 

Six Flags and Premier Rides have teamed up again for 2013's Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain, which will feature a "world record loop where the trains travel on the inside and outside" of the element.