A new ride that towers 400 feet high and may even require a red beacon at the top to ward off airplanes has been proposed for the Six Flags New England amusement park, according to a town official in Agawam.
The Star Flyer, essentially a playground swing on a grand scale, will replace the current Sky Coaster attraction. The ride is 385 feet tall, with a decorative pole on top that pushes its height to 400 feet. The Agawam Zoning Board of Appeals requires a permit for any structure over 200 feet, said Jennifer Bonfiglio, senior clerk for the board. The Zoning Board will visit the site Wednesday and may make a decision Monday, said Bonfiglio.
Some residents attending a board meeting Monday this week were concerned about noise at the park, saying it was not the rides themselves, but the screaming of the patrons that is bothersome, Bonfiglio said. Others were concerned with how the ride would affect the skyline.
Bonfiglio also said the park may need a permit from the Federal Aviation Administration because of the ride’s height, and it may be required to place a beacon on top of the structure. The Star Flyer would be nearly double the size of the tallest roller coasters in the park, including the 191-foot Goliath, which opened in May, and the 208-foot Bizarro steel coaster.
The Star Flyer will also be the largest ride of its kind in the world, according to rcdb.com, an online database of rides. Currently, the tallest is the Prater Turm in Vienna, which reaches about 383 feet.
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