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Zipline Safe Launch

There has been a rising industry concern for rider safety and security. The skyTECH Safe Launch system aims to eliminate all foreseeable operator errors through the integration of a programmable-logistic-control driven zipline safety system. By including multiple mechanical, visual, and electronic safety protocols, this piece of zipline safety equipment will reduce the risk of rider injury to zero.


Many direct and indirect benefits come out of the combined zipline safety equipment technologies that will make this system a reality. The system will increase site revenues by a healthy amount with the inclusion of automated photo capture and sales, digital waivers, and having the entire system enabled by RFID for operational safety and system monitoring.


Studies have shown that a large part of zipline accidents come directly from operator error. With that said, gear and maintenance come second when referring to the statistics and our experience dealing with our competitors. Going forward, we at Skyline have recognized the industry-wide necessity for a product like Safe Launch to mitigate our customers exposure to danger and not leave the clients’ lives in our operators’ hands, as we know it only takes one mistake.
There’s no doubt that injuries have increased as ziplining has become more popular—although the exact number of people who zipline each year is unknown. Many injuries that occur are due to issues with equipment; having the right zip line safety equipment is a key factor in preventing injuries and accidents. Let’s make Safe Launch an industry standard.


At Skyline Ziplines, safety is our highest priority, from site design, engineering, and fabrication to construction and installation, to training and operational support. We also conduct ACCT-accredited safety inspections to cover all the moving parts of a zipline system and factors such as speed, height, and stability. All the equipment is high-strength and durable, but we’ve gone even further by developing advanced electronic safety systems that constantly monitor operating conditions and minimize the risk of error with equipment such as:


The use of an electronic safe launching mechanism will ensure no faulty launches occur. Once proper rider- equipment usage is confirmed, landing decks are cleared, and the Catch Block is properly reset, only then will the Electronic Launch Mechanism allow a launch. Magnetic Gates are also in place on the launching side of the take-off tower that only open once the landing deck is cleared and brakes are reset and before the e-launchers are triggered.


The Zipline Safe Brake system utilizes a proximity sensor and/or RFID sensor positioned above/below the primary brake block. If the brake is not 100% reset, the take-off and launch tower will be notified on their monitoring panels that the system is incapable of braking properly. This visual notification is paired with disabling the launch device. The PLC redundancy guarantees the employee in charge of launch procedures will not send the rider if the brake system is improperly reset, further improving zipline safety.


Throughout 2020, the development of the skyTECH Safe Launch system continued to bring further unprecedented levels of operational oversight, safety, and efficiency. The next phase of this zipline safety equipment includes client-to-asset tracking that brings another level of redundancy into the PLC for launching procedures and will allow the tracking of equipment use for a higher level of safety assurance with enhanced maintenance and inspection abilities.


Clients will be tracked by their gear through RFID to assure their physical characteristics match the appropriate sizing and weight limits of their assigned gear. In addition to RFID brake reset protocols that integrate with inspection software, the system features fully redundant inputs to mitigate the risk of operator error to a 99.99% Safety rating.


Skyline has taken strides in revolutionizing safety in the ziplining industry. As more and more people turn to ziplines for thrill-seeking and fun, equipment and safety features must be able to handle the demand. We already use a galvanized steel cable that can last 15 years. Inspections ensure there are no hazards. Combined with state-of-the-art safety fail-safes, these ensure high speeds, impacts, and enthusiastic riders won’t create undue risk, while our high-tech braking system is extremely reliable and consistent.


To learn more about our zip line safety equipment, products, and services, call 604-905-4149 or contact us online.