Jew wrote:Freefall got a controls overhaul (and at the time had one of the few allen bradley panelviews when that was high tech and not standard in every control system) and within 10 years it was still gone. I want to say it was 2000 it received a full overhaul and was gone in 2008 (with a year of SBNO thrown in as well). The control system was re-purposed at Jet Stream. All that equipment can just be reprogrammed and re-used.
They can also have the code completely ready to go and even begin testing of components offsite. Ride just needs to pass whatever guidelines Six Flags and Premier rides say in their SOP for "acceptance testing." Depending on how that goes, test & adjust doesn't necessarily have to take more than a few weeks.
10 years is a completely fair amount of time to have a new system installed for. My point is that Six Flags, especially the current management, hold the purse strings very tight and they would not have invested in the large systems and labor
cost associated with redoing Viper's control system unless it was sticking around for more than two or three years.
Also, the controls engineers and subcontractors have absolutely done offsite systems integration, that's standard for the industry. However based on recent controls installations at the park I don't see test and adjust/ride training being any shorter than two or three months. This is just speaking from experience on the last four or five projects that the park has completed so it could absolutely be faster, but I would be very surprised as this is Six Flags after all...