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Not bad...the trees are well-placed and you can get good motion going. The speed left a bit lacking, but the ride was still enjoyable.
The Flying Eagles are an excllent set and are easily my second favorite set only behind Knoebels world-famous Flyer. Located in the Old Virginia section to the right side of the park, Flying Eagles was by far my favorite flat ride at Paramount Kings Dominion. Surrounded by some trees, Flying Eagles tubs have a few close encounters with some of the trees. A Bisch Rocco model with 8 tubs each holding up to 2 people, Flying Eagles tubs are painted to have the apperance of an eagle. Loading and unloading very slowly like all flying scooters, Flying Eagles has a low capacity. Fortunately the day I rode Flying Eagles Paramount wasnt crowded so it was a walk-on. Restrained by a seat-belt, you control the tubs movement with a rudder. Also, there are no restricting chains so I could tell that the Flying Eagles would be a great set of flying scooters. Once the ride began, Flying Eagles speed increased until its maximum speed was reached. Then the real fun began. Flying Eagles were very easy to snap and the motions were insane. It was quite an adreniline rush and I loved every moment of it. Also, Paramount gives a long ride cycle allowing many chances to snap. Since the Flying Eagles travel faster than most flying scooters, they take longer to stop. Overall, an outstanding set of flying scooters that any adreniline junky shouldnt miss. Flying scooter fans cant miss in my opinion one of the best flying scooters out there.
Bucking and snapping...the terms remained elusive to me until today, when I finally was able to get these flyers jumpin! In fact, the entire structure was shaking and creaking...what a rush, definitely better than a lot of rides on coasters Ive had. Its sort of a game thats free to play hehe
7/11/07 update: This is a fun flat ride, and beter than the newer Hersheypark version. The cycle is okay, and if you try hard enough, the "birds" will really move all over the place. Not quite wild enough to get anything higher than a 6 though.
This was my first flyer. It doesnt make you dizzy like other rides. You can control the way the Eagle moves. A mild ride that could be made a little longer in duration.
These flyers have a gorgeous paint job. They may not be "classic" flyers, but I am pretty sure they are the newer version built by Premier, the same company to build launch coasters like Jokers Jinx and Poltergeist. They dont seem to react quite the same as other sets, but are effective none-the-less. This is a great ride because it is so variable. If you have a child, you can calm it down, if alone you can go crazy. No ride is ever the same.
(EDIT) After doing some research I found out that the world of flying scooters is a deep and extremely complex world. There is a web-site devoted to the things. Anyway, if I made a mistake in manufacturer (which is probable), I apologize. This does not change my mind though, they are a very fun ride that seem to be hindered by either stops or something else in the connecting ropes.
Contrary to popular belief, these flyers CAN be snapped, even consecutively. The speed is about average for Flyers, and the ride time isnt that much shorter than the excellent sets at Knoebels and Carowinds. The main reason why people cant get them to snap is because of the wide radius that you can steer your bird. Whereas at Carowinds they have rubber stoppers that actually aid in steering, thus producing better snaps. It took me many rides, through many visits to finally get the hang of this ride, so there is no accidental snapping like at Carowinds and no easy snaps either. The trick is not to move the rudder from the far left to the far right and vice versa like on every other set, instead use only about 80% of the total space. Step number 2 is to pretty much do the complete opposite of what you would at Carowinds or Knoebels. I know this doesnt make any sense right now, as it didnt when I first heard it, but once you get it you will understand. It will not come fast so dont give up quickly. After you get the hang of it you can experiment on going out of the 80 percent boundary to get more pronounced, structure shaking snaps. Step number 3 is to not have an op who is a nazi.. though that is obvously not up the rider. The skill required actually makes me appreciate this set of Flyers more than the ones at Carowinds or Knoebels. It has an excellent setting next to the pond, heres hoping this ride stays for a very very long time and is not replaced by an Italian Job next year..
APPEARANCE-8 They look great and a good amount of trees around you really has a nice setup for a good ride. CAPACITY-4 It takes forever for these things to stop. It was a walk on for me but you can tell it would not be a fun line on a busy day. RIDE QUALITY-6 Very middle of the rode good height, but no real out of control feeling. FUN-5 Good fun but not great fun. RERIDE-6 I still liked them so I would ride again. OVERALL-29 AVG-5.8 So Ill go 6 hoping that someday PKD will get these right.
This is a standard flyer. I havent ridden this for some years, but my recollection was that it was dreadfully slow to stop and reload resulting in a low passenger turn-over rate.
This set of Flyers was pretty dissapointing to me, but still a fun ride. After learning how to fly down at Carowinds, I was eager to do some more snapping on the Flying Eagles. Sadly, no matter how hard I steered or how much thrust I put into the sides of the tubs, I could not snap the darned things. I was able to get them to wobble a bit, but nothing like the true snapping I did on the Flyers down south. They also had a shorter duration than the Carowinds version, though I thought the absense of rudder controls would make them easier to snap. Still, you could get up fairly high, but without the uncertainty created by snapping a flyer, it just didnt thrill me as much, nor did I want to ride over and over again, rather, two attempts were sufficient to me. Since Im sure yall are correct about the being too fast, I sure hope they slow these birds down. I suppose that is why this line was dominated by young children, as opposed to the set at Carowinds which attracted young and old.
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