ZIP LINE 
 STEP-BY-STEP

The 10 stages to creating your Zip line

A Zip line is an extremely sophisticated installation. Thanks to our experience and know-how we design and build Zip lines in almost any location, every time resolving varying technical issues.

For a successful result, reasonable costs and optimal construction times, projects of this size require in-depth research.

To evaluate the feasibility of the construction on your chosen location and to provide you with a rough estimate of costs, we invite you to carry out a simple 'self-assessment'. This evaluation will allow you to understand easily where Zip line installation is not possible.

Here are the 10 steps that will transform your idea to reality. Ready to launch your first Zip line flight?


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Outside the minimum and maximum range, the construction of a Zip line is more complicated but certainly not impossible. Contact us and together we'll come up with a bespoke solution.

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STEP 1: WHERE
CAN I BUILD A ZIP LINE?


Where and how a Zip line can be built?
What is the recommended height difference between takeoff and arrival?
How long can the cable be?
In this slideshow we explain how to evaluate the morphology of the terrain.


What's the recommended slope and how long can the Zip line be?

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    Example 5:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.
    The slope of the final stretch should be between 1° and 3° to allow riders to reach the platform even in strong winds.

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    Example 1:
    Ideal characteristics for installing a Zip line.
    No obstacles between the departure and arrival.
    Final stretch of the ride with a slope between 1° and 3°, allowing riders to easily reach the platform.

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    Example 2:
    Unsuitable for installing a single Zip line.
    Obstacles between the departure and arrival points.
    Solution: building intermediate stations to overcome obstacles.

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    Example 3:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.

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    Example 4:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.
    Constant slope makes for speed excessive.
    The ride needs to be slowed down constantly, compromising the overall experience.

  • zipline design 1F

    Example 5:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.
    The slope of the final stretch should be between 1° and 3° to allow riders to reach the platform even in strong winds.

  • zipline design 1A

    Example 1:
    Ideal characteristics for installing a Zip line.
    No obstacles between the departure and arrival.
    Final stretch of the ride with a slope between 1° and 3°, allowing riders to easily reach the platform.

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    Example 2:
    Unsuitable for installing a single Zip line.
    Obstacles between the departure and arrival points.
    Solution: building intermediate stations to overcome obstacles.

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    Example 3:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.

  • zipline design 1E

    Example 4:
    Unsuitable for installing a Zip line.
    Constant slope makes for speed excessive.
    The ride needs to be slowed down constantly, compromising the overall experience.


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STEP 2: DESIGN
YOUR ZIP LINE


Zip lines can be built in both natural and man-made settings. If your site falls into the second category, go straight to step 3. Otherwise, and especially if you want to build a Zip line in the mountains, you need to assess the morphology of the terrain.


Send us the Google Earth coordinates of your intended site and, if possibile, your desired Zip line path.


Google Earth allows us to make a preliminary technical evaluation and to consider alternative layouts. Next we will need a more detailed mapping of the land.


Designing your Zip line project with Google Earth is easy and fun: watch the video here to see how!


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STEP 3: DOCUMENTATION


To make a realistic assessment and calculate a rough estimate of costs, we need as much information as possible.


Using the form provided, you can send us photos and/or videos of the site, plans with contour lines, drawings of man-made structures, GPS coordinates and DWG files.


Once your request is sent, we'll email to let you know we're starting work on your project and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.


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STEP 4: TECHNICAL
EVALUATION


We'll proceed with the preliminary technical evaluation of your Zip line feasibility. Our engineers will study all the available data and material before suggesting a proposal.


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STEP 5: SITE INSPECTION


Following the initial evaluation, our experts will visit the chosen Zip line site. This step is essential as we need to collect all the technical data in order to give you an accurate quote for your Zip line.


the site inspection is effectively an investment, because it will make your Zip line more efficient and profitable.
The entire cost is deducted from the total.


The fee starts at €3,000, depending on the site's distance from our base and the duration of the inspection.

Survey of the site and calculation of the proposed route, calculation of the Zip line's speed, estimated capacity per hour, identification of cables and braking system required, drafting technical drawings of platforms, definition of anchor points and estimate dimensions of bases, aerial photography using drones operated by authorised pilots (if needed).


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STEP 6: ROUGH ESTIMATE


Thanks to the data gathered we will give you a fairly accurate rough estimate of costs.


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STEP 7: PLANNING
AND PERMISSIONS


Thanks to the data gathered in the site survey, we produce all the necessary documentation you will need to present to the authorities that grant permission for the construction.


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STEP 8: REQUESTING
PERMISSION


Building a Zip line requires authorizations, which vary according to the specific project and location.

Consult your legal advisor to draw up a contract with the relevant landowners (private individuals, municipalities, regions or governments) for flying over and landing on their land.


Building permit: check with your local authorities to find out if you need a building permit.


Consult authorities of the flight sector. In Italy, these are for example the Italian Air Force, Maridipart, the Centro Informazioni Geotopografiche Aeronautiche, the Army, ENAV and ENAC.


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STEP 9: PURCHASE


Only once our in-depth analysis and feasibility studies are completed and all the legal prerequisites have been checked, we put pen to paper and draw up a contract for the purchase of your Zip line.


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STEP 10: CONSTRUCTION
AND CERTIFICATION


We work on a "turnkey" basis. This means that when we deliver your Zip line, you'll be ready for your first flight. We take care of the testing and certification of the installation, supply all the necessary equipment (harnesses, helmets, pulleys, instructors' kits etc) and organise courses for the staff who will be operating the Zip line.


A Zip line is an extremely demanding project, but thanks to our experience and our constant support at every stage, your plan can easily become fabulous reality.

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