Whirlpool Aero Car
|Whirlpool Aero Car|
|City||Niagara Falls, Ontario|
|Operated by||Niagara Parks Commission|
|Type||multi-cable aerial tramway|
|Vertical distance||250 feet (76 m)|
|Horizontal distance||1,770 feet (540 m)|
|Duration of one-way trip||10 minutes|
|Maximum speed||500 feet (150 m)/sec|
|Number of cars||1 (plus 1 rescue car)|
|Passenger capacity||35 (4 on resuce car)|
|Daily round trips (passengers)||~21 (10am-5pm)|
|Began service||August 8, 1916|
|Tramway manufacturer||Niagara Spanish Aero Car Company Limited / Leonardo Torres Quevedo|
|Official website||http://www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/aerocar.php Ride The Air - Whirlpool Aero Car|
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The system uses one car that carries 35 standees over 1 kilometre trip.
The car originally was open, but a roof has been added to all later designs.
A four person rescue car is available (a smaller white car stored at opposite end in an indoor area), but not used in regular service.
Although the trip is on the Canadian side, it crosses over US side part way into the Whirlpool (about 500 feet (150 m) from the starting point and for about 200 feet (61 m)), but passengers do not require passport clearance.
The car operates from 10am to 5pm from second week of March to first week of November. It is closed during most of the winter due to ice and snow.