The Niagara Falls whirlpool aero car is a cable car located in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The Suspension of the Aero Car
An aero car is suspended between two Canadian points, though it crosses the Canadian and American border four times on a full trip. The car crosses the border about 500 feet (150 m) from the starting point and runs through the United States territory for about 200 feet (61 m), but riders need no immigration clearance.
The Engineer of the Aero Car
A Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo designed it that’s why it is also known as a Spanish Aero car. The first time this service was run was on August 8, 1916. Till date it has been upgraded several times. 35 standing passengers use one car to complete the 1 kilometer trip.
The people who visit Niagara Falls have the great opportunity to take the aero car ride at least once. The season for the whirlpool aero car is April – November. It is closed during winter due to snow and ice. Leonardo in addition to other cable trams, also developed the first form of a radio control unit, a famous chess playing automaton, non-rigid airships that were used by the French in WWI, and what may be the first mechanical computer (now on display at the Technical University of Madrid). He was also a vigorous supporter and user of the Esperanto. The son of a railway engineer, he built his first cable tram in Spain in 1887, the log seat was pulled by cows over a span of some 200 feet. The tram way over the whirlpool was the idea of J. Enoch Thompson.
The Technical Details of the Aero Car
The Aero Car is suspended on six interlocking steel cables, each of which is 25 mm (0.98 in) in diameter. The car is powered by an electric 50 horsepower (37 kW) motor and travels at approximately 7 km/h (4.3 mph). In the event of a power failure, a diesel engine drives a hydraulic pump to pull the carrier back to the loading/unloading terminal. It also has a rescue car which holds four passengers and one operator. The rescue car has so far only been used for training purposes.There was no roof on the first design but later it has been added to the design.
Operation of the Aero Car
The car has operated since it started. It may have stopped due to up-gradation in 1961, 1967, 1984 and in winter every year. The car operates from 10am to 5pm.
Adult (13+ yrs) $14.55 + tax
Child (6-12 yrs) $9.45 + tax
Children 5 and under are FREE at all Niagara Parks attractions.