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Connyland’s Cobra coaster train S

wiss amusement park Conny-Land installed several improvements and innovations to visitor-favourite Cobra coaster earlier this year, thanks to German manufacturer, Sunkid- Heege.

At a length of about 215 metres, the 42-metre- high coaster features a slightly overhanging drop tower, a loop, two camelbacks, and a scorpion tail. Originally built by PAX, the roller coaster received an entirely newly developed train from Sunkid-Heege for its tenth anniversary. The most distinctive change is the new arrangement of the seat rows. Except for the first and last cars of the train, all cars are equipped with two seat rows facing each other. The guests are not only sitting face to face during the ride but can experience it from two different perspectives. “This is an innovation that visitors love, particularly in a shuttle loop coaster like the Cobra in Conny- Land,” park manager Roby Gasser said. The fully adjustable and dampened undercarriage ensures a more pleasant ride feel and reduces the forces that act on the mechanics, extending the service life. “Targeted improvements were introduced even in the areas of operation and maintenance,” said Sunkid-Heege CEO Michael Kalsch. Lifetime-lubricated bearings and the optimised size of the components reduce the maintenance and inspection efforts required. In daily operation, the new bracket position monitoring of every single safety bracket, combined with the touch display in the command centre, optimises processes. The operator is not only shown information on the system status and bracket position of each seat, but also can unlock them at once or individually as required. Special paint with anti-slip effect ensures high functional safety in the foot area of the cars and on the

friction areas of the drives.

The seat rows now have Sunkid’s new and patented Embrace 5 retention system, with the traditional solid shoulder brackets replaced by the protruding safety bracket and the belt system connected to it.

Instead of being restricted by solid shoulder brackets, the rider is now hugged by padded special belts and the also-textile chest support. The Embrace 5 adjusts to physique and size of the riders, providing an unprecedent amount of comfort and adaptability.

Children from a size of 130 cm (51 inches) or 8 years onwards can use a category-5 ride without an accompanying person. A category-3 ride lowers the minimal body size to 110 cm (43

Storm reigns through turbulent conditions

Triotech’s new Storm was confidently issued out to its first recipient at Butlins Bognor Regis Resort when the UK attractions sector re-opened in July. Speaking ahead of the UK entering its second national lockdown at the beginning of November, Trevor Sutton, leisure equipment controller for NAMCO UK said: “Since taking delivery in late July this title really has gone down a storm, early revenue has been very strong on par with the other market leading coin-op VR product. “We operate a manned environment which is fully Covid-secure, and feedback from guests has been extremely positive to date both in terms of hygiene and gameplay.” Storm has stolen the top spot for the majority


of weeks since its installion. Its performance has not negatively affected the income of any other VR machine – so a punchy addition to the site’s overall revenue.

Hollywood Bowl followed suit in Crawley and is now deciding on locations to invest in further units. Matt Bradley, VR project manager for BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe said: “Storm has caused quite the surge at Crawley, grandly landing as its top earning machine. “It acts as real assurance for the LBVR market that despite the current climate, the right machine in the right location will retain its profitability. “Storm is definitely a welcomed asset to our machine sales range.”



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