Guest Author: John Drury [*Image: LSA-V45 (Land Sea Air Vehicle) Simulator based]
The origin of this concept came in 2007, after reading an article about the jet streams and ocean currents that can be affected by climate change, man made or otherwise. These effects could be brought about by deforestation, burning fossil fuels for 100 plus years, the urban heat island effects of cities, pollution etc. That article motivated me to create a “ride” around that air and water flow to both educate kids and adults and thrill them simultaneously. Whether that experience would be a real “iron” ride or one simulated would be determined by size, design, narrative and cost. The sketch of the Globe Roamer shows riders in small airplanes attached to a track that would replicate the jet stream and ocean currents. This arrangement would limit the storyline to what you would see and feel traveling along the guide rail. For that reason the simulator version would be preferable and much more flexible. Different storylines could be interchanged through software integrated into the AV systems in the simulator cabin. Riding with a group in the land-sea-air vehicle LSA-V45 you would take a trip within the jet stream, dive into the depths of the oceans and emerge again on land. I believe one can see the potential for such an attraction as both a themed entertainment and a themed education mechanism. See link for latest article on El Nino and El Nina that prompted me to revive this concept for this article!