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This may be a dumb question but why would you go through the entire design process and make a big announcement without even knowing if you'd get permission to build it.

 

Who says they have gone through the entire design process? All we have seen is some conceptual drawings and some animation. You would need these to sell the project. I'm sure all the engineering drawings haven't been done yet. Once they have all the approvals and have financing they will do the real work.

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This may be a dumb question but why would you go through the entire design process and make a big announcement without even knowing if you'd get permission to build it.

 

It is a bit unusual that they announced the project before getting FAA approval, especially with a structure this massive, but just because they got an initial "Notice of Presumed Hazard" letter from the FAA doesn't mean the project is dead in the water.

 

For starters, pretty much any structure over 500 feet will automatically generate an initial "Notice of Presumed Hazard" letter. But this letter is just a notice, not a determination. The sponsor of the proposal has 60 days to counter the notice before the case will be terminated. From here, they'll likely request the FAA do a full aeronautical study, which will require them to prove the structure has a substantial adverse effect on the airspace. They can also request circularization, which would allow for other entities to comment on the proposal. These two things alone are typically enough to get a favorable determination.

 

It looks like the proposal was filed in August 2014, with construction slated to begin in April 2015, so it's likely they filed early knowing there would be hurdles to cross.

 

The other option is to terminate the existing proposal and re-file within the guidelines of the "Notice of Presumed Hazard" letter (in this case, it's the generic "keep the structure below 500 feet" guideline). If they don't respond within 60 days, the case will be automatically terminated and they will have to re-file regardless. But since this project is already designed and announced, I definitely don't see that happening.

 

PS - I've linked some of the key phrases in this post to resources that explain in detail what I've attempted to summarize, so if this kind of thing interests you, you can do some further reading.

 

Good to know the situation isn't as bad as that FAA document made it sound. Hopefully this doesn't cause too much of a delay, if any at all.

 

This may be a dumb question but why would you go through the entire design process and make a big announcement without even knowing if you'd get permission to build it.

 

Who says they have gone through the entire design process? All we have seen is some conceptual drawings and some animation. You would need these to sell the project. I'm sure all the engineering drawings haven't been done yet. Once they have all the approvals and have financing they will do the real work.

 

Joshua Wallack, one of the owners of Mango's/Skyplex, has been doing some interviews with the local news stations lately. In one of the interviews, he mentions the track has already been ordered... so I'd imagine that means at least the coaster portion has been fully designed.

 

Here's a link to the Orlando Sentinel interview:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/os-dewayne-bevil-tallest-roller-coaster-20150122-column.html

This time next year we'll be looking up at the progress on the tower that the coaster's rail will wrap around, Wallack says.

 

"We've ordered the track. We've already placed orders for the coaster stuff that has long lead time," he says.

 

And here's a video interview. Fast-forward to 11mins and 40sec to hear the segment where he talks about the coaster:

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And they keep adding more and more things to this complex. Here's the newest addition, a 450 ft drop tower!

 

From the press release (www.wesh.com/orlandomyway/on-the-town-orlando/worlds-tallest-drop-tower-coming-to-skyplex-attraction-at-idrive/31233684

The world's tallest drop tower is coming to International Drive as part of the new SkyPlex attraction.

 

The 570-foot-tall SkyPlex attraction will open in 2016 and will contain both the world's tallest roller coaster, Skyscraper, and world's tallest drop tower, Skyfall. Skyfall will drop riders from 450 feet in the air.

 

SkyPlex will also be complete with a 55-story glass elevator meant to take guests to an observation deck.

 

The current record holder for tallest drop tower is "Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom" at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N.J., which stands at 415 feet tall.

 

SkyPlex will be part of the changing skyline on I-Drive. The 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel is set to open this spring, and the world's tallest swing ride, Star Flyer, is set to open in 2016

 

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Robb just got home and is filling me in.

 

Most important...INTAMIN!!!! Second most important Ride Centerline (Alan, Joe, etc.) are still designing the ride!!!

 

The tower itself is still being designed by US Thrill Rides.

 

S&S is no longer involved with the coaster.

 

More coming soon!

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Robb just got home and is filling me in.

 

Most important...INTAMIN!!!! Second most important Ride Centerline (Alan, Joe, etc.) are still designing the ride!!!

 

The tower itself is still being designed by US Thrill Rides.

 

S&S is no longer involved with the coaster.

 

More coming soon!

 

 

Can't wait to hear more details.

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S&S is no longer involved with the coaster.

 

Whoa. Wouldn't have seen that one coming... I thought they were already contracted for the coaster's construction and the track was already in production. That being said, an Intamin Space Diver wrapped around a giant observation tower sounds even more exciting!

 

All this complex needs now is an Intamin pre-fab woodie and I'll live there for good!

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