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The Jersey Devil in Jackson Township, New Jersey

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Here Come the Coasters!

Check out new roller coasters opening to thrill seekers this year

Many people look forward to a return to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have their sights set on hitting the road this year for amusement park thrills. Many parks delayed the opening of new rides until 2021. Because of safety risks, many theme parks were closed for long periods of time. 

But the minds behind each of these new and exciting rides have not taken a break! The roller coaster engineers at Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) in Idaho have been working nonstop. The design company has three coasters opening this year in parks around the United States. 

Many people are excited for life to be normal again after the Covid-19 pandemic. Some plan to travel to amusement parks this year. Several parks delayed the opening of new rides until 2021. Most theme parks were closed for long periods of time because of safety risks.

But the people who design new and exciting rides have not taken a break! The roller coaster engineers at Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) have been working nonstop. RMC is a design company in Idaho. The company plans to open three coasters this year. The new rides will be located in parks around the United States.

“We’re always looking to push the envelope with new ideas,” says Jake Kilcup, one of RMC’s designers. But the most fun part of creating coasters? “Our team always gets to test ride them first!” he says.

“We’re always looking to push the envelope with new ideas,” says Jake Kilcup. Kilcup is one of the designers at RMC. What’s the most fun part of creating coasters? “Our team always gets to test ride them first!” he says.

Courtesy of Silverwood Theme Park

Courtesy of Silverwood Theme Park

The Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, sits on the site of an old airfield. So to create a new ride, RMC engineers drew inspiration from the park’s past. The result: a roller coaster named Stunt Pilot!

Actual stunt pilots don’t just fly planes, they perform exciting and challenging maneuvers for an audience. RMC wanted riders of the new coaster to feel like they are stunt pilots in the cockpit of their own planes. 

The ride climbs 106 feet before dropping and zooming 52 miles per hour (mph). Riders face loops, sharp turns, and even a corkscrew!

The Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, was built on an old airfield. The park’s past inspired RMC engineers to create a new ride. The result is a roller coaster named Stunt Pilot!

Actual stunt pilots don’t just fly planes. They perform exciting and difficult maneuvers for an audience. RMC wanted riders of the new coaster to feel like they are stunt pilots. The roller coaster will make it seem like riders are in the cockpit of their own planes.

The ride climbs 106 feet. Then it drops! It zooms at 52 miles per hour (mph). Riders go around loops. They make sharp turns. Riders even go down a corkscrew spiral!

Courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure

The Jersey Devil dives at a top speed of 58 miles per hour.

As of press time, the Jersey Devil is expected to be open at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey this year. It’s named after a legendary creature that supposedly roams the pine forests of southern New Jersey.

The coaster is on track to be the tallest single-rail coaster in the world. The Jersey Devil drops riders from a 13-story height into a nearly 60 mph fall.

Most roller coasters have two-rail tracks, explains Garcia. The Jersey Devil has only one. This makes the coaster easier to manufacture and install in a park. The coaster will also have two inversions, meaning riders go upside down twice!

The Jersey Devil is expected to open this year. It is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. It’s named after a legendary creature named the Jersey Devil. The Jersey Devil is said to live in the pine forests of southern New Jersey.

The Jersey Devil roller coaster will be the tallest single-rail coaster in the world. It drops riders from a 13-story height. Riders fall at nearly 60 mph.

RMC engineer Amy Garcia explains that most roller coasters have two-rail tracks. The Jersey Devil has only one. This makes the coaster easier to manufacture and install in a park. The coaster will also have two inversions. That means riders will go upside down twice!

Courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Iron Gwazi reaches a speed of 76 miles per hour.

“People are really going to enjoy Iron Gwazi,” says Kilcup. “It’s tall, fast, and has a few elements you won’t see coming.” The brand-new, crocodile-themed ride at the Busch Gardens park in Tampa Bay, Florida, is 206 feet high. It sports steep drops and hits a max speed of 76 miles per hour. 

Iron Gwazi is a hybrid roller coaster, meaning its construction is a combination of steel and wood. The designers at RMC chose to reuse the structure of the original wooden Gwazi coaster they had been asked to replace.

“People are really going to enjoy Iron Gwazi,” says Kilcup. “It’s tall, fast, and has a few elements you won’t see coming.” Iron Gwazi is a new ride with a crocodile theme. It is located at the Busch Gardens park in Tampa Bay, Florida. Iron Gwazi is 206 feet high. It has steep drops. The ride’s highest speed is 76 miles per hour.

Iron Gwazi is a hybrid roller coaster. That means it’s made from a combination of steel and wood. RMC designers built Iron Gwazi to replace the original Gwazi coaster. The original Gwazi was made only of wood. The designers at RMC chose to reuse the structure of the original coaster as part of the new Iron Gwazi.

RMC engineer Amy Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing Stunt Pilot. What kind of angle is angle A? 

RMC engineer Amy Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing Stunt Pilot. What kind of angle is angle A? 

What kind of angle is angle B? 

What kind of angle is angle B? 



A. Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing the Jersey Devil. These supplementary angles add up to 180 degrees. What is the measurement of angle A?

B. What kind of angle is it? 

A. Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing the Jersey Devil. These supplementary angles add up to 180 degrees. What is the measurement of angle A?

B. What kind of angle is it? 



Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing Iron Gwazi. Classify angle A. 

Garcia sketched this drawing below while designing Iron Gwazi. Classify angle A. 

Classify angle B.

Classify angle B.

Which drop is steeper?

Which drop is steeper?



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