If you are planning to visit Singapore with your family, then do not miss out a ride on the Singapore flyer. Kids and families are sure to enjoy this fun-filled ride. The Singapore Flyer is located on the edge of the Marina Center at the southeast tip. It is also the largest giant observation wheel of the world and it gives a 360 degree view of the city along the Marina bay and you also get to see the glimpses of Malaysia and Indonesia. This flyer is built over a three storey building that has bars, shops, restaurants and a view of the city centre. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Singapore that gives a good income to the country.
History behind the construction
Conceived by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa and DP Architects of Singapore, the flyer was designed during the early 2000s and the formal planning began in 2002. The plan was officially announced in 2003. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in Sep 2005 and was launched in the year 2008.
Features of the Giant Flyer
The Singapore flyer is 150 metres in diameter with a height of 165 metres. This huge flyer covers 33,700m2 or 363,000 ft2 area. Each capsule measures 4 metres x 7 metres and it has 28 such capsules. Each capsule carries 28 people and travels at a speed of 0.24m per second. There is no worry about how to board the capsule of this huge flyer since it has the step on platform. It has two doors on the side with a platform for each, hence it is easy to board or get down the capsule.
The entire joyful ride is for 32 minutes. The flyer has been designed in such a way that passengers experience a smooth ride due to its precision wind engineering. Unlike those old Ferris wheels, this Giant observation wheel does not have cramped carriages that hang on the air and terrify you. Since each capsule is as large as a bus, you can peacefully watch the view of the city without any fear. The flyer coves a view up to 45 kilometers, which means the flyer, gives a view of extra 3 km that does not come under the island city. Some of the significant landmarks that you can see from the flyer are – Changi Airport, Sentosa Island, and glance of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Passenger’s bags and handbags will be scanned thoroughly before boarding the flyer at level 2. Also, there are two cameras within each capsule in order to watch the movements within the capsule. As a safety precaution, the flyer will be stopped when the wind is above 10m per second, in order to prevent any unfortunate accidents. This 10m speed of wind occurs only at very rare cases. In case of any emergency, they have evacuation procedures to make you land safe.
To make the ride more interesting, a portable in-flight audio-guide has been introduced to passengers. It is provided to all the Flyer ticket holders. This audio guide gives the passengers an insight into the past present and the future of the Singapore throughout their ride. Starting from the arrival of Sang Nila Utama to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the audio provides knowledge in a clear voice.