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Flyer
Website: Knoebels Homepage
Ride Type: Flat Ride
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.5200
TPC Overall Rank: #37 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 32
Last Review: 8/4/2012 4:43:00 PM
In User Top 10: 9 times.
User Tracker Count: 79 times.
 


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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up taylorb251 on 10/24/2006 7:42:00 PM
I didnt think this ride was all that great. When I rode it, there was some guy running the ride yelling at people and stoping it. So every time I was starting to get some good whip action he would stop it. Maybe next time it will be better.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Park on 5/14/2006 10:34:00 PM
This a neat swing ride!! You wave a wing and the car moves from side to side. You really feel like you are flying in the air. P.S. dont ride in the cold without a coat!!!!!!!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jdale on 10/5/2005 7:49:00 PM
If you know what youre doing when youre controlling the rudder, it gets really insane--but I love it! Its one of the best flat rides at Knoebels, in fact, one of the best flat rides anywhere. Note: This is the only ride of its kind that Ive ridden.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 8/27/2005 3:40:00 PM
Flyer is by far the best flying skooters I have ever been on and can see why they are considered the best flying skooters. Located towards the left side of the park, Flyer is surrounded by many trees creating an exciting and out-of-control ride. With white cars, these Bisch Rocco flying scooters has an excellent and loud motor powering the ride. While waiting for Flyer, the cars swiftly flying by you get you hyped up for an awesome ride. Generally with a 5-10 minute wait, Flyer takes a long time to load and unload, but Knoebels does it fast for a flying skooters ride. Unfortunately, Flyer has a low capacity because of only 10 tubs and many single riders. Restrained by a seat-belt, you can control the rides intensity with the rudder. Once the ride begins, Flyer begins to increase speed and elevate. When it reaches its maximum height and speed my wild ride began. Easily snappable, Flyer hurls the tubs very high off the ground and close to the ground. There are many close encounters with trees and when you snap the tubs they bounce around and provide a frightening experience. You get a long 5 minute ride cycle. Overall, an excellent flat ride that is the best example of flying skooters out there. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who enjoys flying skooters or wild, out-of-control ride experiences.

5 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hrrytraver on 8/5/2005 10:14:00 AM - User's Top Ride #4
certain characteristics really endear a ride to me. they are as follows: 1-chaotic, no two rides the same 2-sense of speed, flying 3-bizarre/unique mechanical features 4-interesting concept, execution 5-impression that you are going to crash into objects on or near the ride 6-wierd ride ops 7-ride experience more impressive than appears from the ground 8-use of trees. not many rides can hit on all of these points, but im happy to say the knoebels flyer nails each one splendidly! now allow me to address each of my 8 points as regards the flyer. 1-flyer is a model par excellence of a chaotic system. wind, quirks in the motors revolutions, the subtlest movements of your wrist on the "rudder", small shifts in body weight could all cause any particular ride on flyer to go nuts in little stochastic blasts. i love how when you are about to snap you kind of just go into a dead spot, like youre not moving but everybody else is, then suddenly....pop! 2-flyer doesnt go terribly fast, but it doesnt need to, because it is in a tight space so as you go bouncing through your turn the world whizzes past at a satisfying clip. 3-flyers engine may be its most interesting mechanical characteristic. basically a tractor engine. its loud and you can see about an inch thick layer of grease on the thing. had a break down? need to find some fancy shmancy amusement ride expert from germany to come and fix it? nah. just go get billy bob over the mountain to come down and get this ride purring like a kitten again. 4-flyer lets the individual determine how crazed his/her turn on the ride is. me personally, i wanted to make my flyer go berzerk and get scared off my head, and i succeeded at that aim and im thankful to the flyer for giving me that opportunity to determine my own fate. put simply, a very simple idea, that turns out to be one of the funnest/scariest rides ever. 5-this rides plot is surrounded by trees. every time you snap the cables you go wailing perpendicular to ground and straight towards one of many trees. the only thing that keeps you from becoming a mangled up version of a tree house is those seemingly dodgy cables holding your vehicle to the ride hub. this is a scary and totally rad sensation that makes everyone fully addicted to the ride. why do so many humans like to feel that they are about to get seriously maimed/killed? dont ask me, because im one of them. 6-the guy running the flyer during my couple of rides had fewer facial expressions than a boulder. i dont think this guy would crack a smile even if he was inside of a harem being lavished by bellydancers who were feeding him apricots and candied pistachios. he ran the ride a long-a**ed time each cycle too. awesome. 7-flyer is a crazy ride if you figure out how to make it go nuts. and nuts it will go for you, given the chance. what looks like a funky and quaint contraption from the ground turns out to be a formidable thrill. go figure. 8-see point 5.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 6/3/2005 1:23:00 AM
Finally, another awesome flying scooter model. It had been a while since I had the joy of experiencing a good set, so I was ready to fly high. I first rode with a partner, and there was no snapping for me. Oh, I was sad a bit and let down too. Eventually, I was able to ride with some fellow TPCers. This time, I was flying solo, but still couldnt get it. Finally, a bit of a lesson and I was off at it again. About halfway through the ride, I had finally gotten it. I then enjoyed another ride and had even more snapping fun. However, I probably should have ridden again, but it was a short day. The ride was good, but suprisingly different than the snappable set at Carowinds. For these, you needed a whole different pattern and didnt even have to throw your weight around, so less work for me. While I did indeed snap them at Carowinds, I have to wonder if it was just by luck now. I guess it will wait until I visit again.This ride is still awesome though, even if Im only giving a 9. I probably could have used another ride or two to get some more under my belt and bump it up to a 10, but I will stick with a strong 9 and call it a great flat ride, among my favorites. The cycle is incredible: they run it at least 5 mins, which is twice as good as other sets I have ridden. The unloading is quick too, they seem to come to a rest better than the ones at Carowinds, but perhaps that was just due to it being their first day of operation when I went. Oh yea, that motor thingy was, well, um... rustic. Ill give it a 9 for now and it barely misses being a 10.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darkridrMD on 5/28/2005 11:38:00 PM
My thanks to our very own Adriahna for showing me the joys of the flyer. I rode it once by myself before we caught up with each other in the park and even managed to get the "snap" once or twice. I was giggling to myself like a little girl. I never would have pictured something so simple to be so much fun. But lemme tell you boys, this woman is a pro! You should have heard the comments from everyone waiting in line when she got off the ride. She is to the flyer what Tony Hawk is to skateboarding!

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Hercules on 5/23/2005 2:32:00 PM
Now, I am far from a "Knoebelian", or a major Knoebels freak. I get the park. I understand what is going on there. Its just not completely my kind of thing, not my scene. Im not overly into the mountain boys running around and the whole unpolished feel, but it does remind me of a really good carnival, which makes it worth visiting once in a while. When I first went to the park about 5 or so years ago, I got on the Flyer. Seeing the exterior of it made me a little hesitant considering it did not necessarily look overly safe. It did, however, look quite enjoyable, so I gave it a shot. I got it to snap a couple times, which made me quickly stop what I was doing in complete and utter fear that I was breaking the ride and I was going to fall 20 feet to a none to be desired death. I continued riding the ride on my visits, just not with the ungodly fury that I had on that first go. However, upon reading up about the ride, and finding out what it is all about, I figured that I would give it a try once more. I knew how to snap the Flyer, but it had just been a while. I got to the park and met up with Nathan and Larry and Joe and got on the Flyer. The first ride was fun, but nothing overly spectacular in terms of my snapping skills. It had been a while. However, throughout the course of the day, the old timing and wrist action that had eluded me was coming back just like riding a bike, or swinging a golf club. I was back, swooping across the trees, swaying the flyer scooter like nothing. I was flying through the air and cutting through the wind like a bird. Not to mention, snaping like I was going to rip the motor out of the ground. What a fine ride, with many more to come. There is nothing like having Nathan yell from the car in front you me "Geeze Jay.", with a smile on his face and a look in his eyes as if Im a lunatic but in a good way. And another guy saying "Man, it will take two rides to get my snaps on that guy." And even gaining the respect of the ride ops along the way, with one actually shaking my hand later on in the evening as the sun was starting to set in the foreground. With all of this said, I cant get the same experience on this as a great coaster, making it hard to put in my Top 10, but it is truely a unique ride and experience once you get it down and can truely appreciate the greatness that the Flyer is, along with the macho pride of getting the thing to snap. I will take a good scrambler or swinging ship any day, but what the Flyer brings to the table is remarkable. The shear terror that can be had is crazy. It is one of the few rides that you will actually fear for your life, but that makes it what it is. Each ride is different and you are in control of your own destiny. I am not a major Knoebels person, but the Flyers really exemplifies what is Knoebels and what flats are about and what they should be. There is nothing like the Flyer, and it is only at Knoebels. Now, there is only one thing left to do: Hi, my name is Jay and I am a Flyer addict.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bb_dg on 5/3/2005 4:28:00 PM
A very, very fun ride if you know how to snap the cars. Its not hard and takes some practice but once you get it down, you will never want to get off this ride. I love how close you can get to the trees surrounding the ride as well.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 7/11/2004 8:11:00 PM
Unlike my disapointing experience on skooters and HSTC this ride is awesome. I still have not totally got the snapping down but my mom was t cars behind me and she was laughing histerically. my wife wasnt sure if she wanted to ride it be she also thought it was awesome. just an absolutely amazing experience and rides like this remind you why a great park is more than just coatsers. cough sfgadv cough

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