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January 16, 2012 - Proposed standard ASTM WK34049, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, addresses trend toward commercialization of zip lines and other aerial adventure courses. Specifically, standard will establish criteria for design, manufacture, installation, testing performance, operation, maintenance, inspection, and auditing of zip lines, ropes courses, and challenge courses specifically intended for concession, commercial recreation, or amusement purposes.

ASTM International Collaborates with Association for Challenge Course Technology to Develop New Commercial Zip Line and Other Aerial Adventure Course Standards


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Press release date: January 12, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A proposed new standard is the ongoing result of a collaborative effort between ASTM International and the Association for Challenge Course Technology to develop manufacturing and operations standards for commercial zip lines and other aerial adventure courses. ASTM WK34049, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.

While ACCT standards have addressed challenge course technology, which includes ropes courses and zip lines, since 1994, those standards were originally written for the educational and therapeutic market. "A recent trend toward the commercialization of zip lines and other aerial adventure courses has made it necessary to quickly address this growing sector of the industry," says Rich Klajnscek, an F24.60 member and the chairman of ACCT's Installation Standards Committee.

ASTM WK34049 will answer this need by establishing criteria for the design, manufacture, installation, testing performance, operation, maintenance, inspection and auditing of zip lines, ropes courses and challenge courses that are specifically intended for concession, commercial recreation or amusement purposes.

ASTM WK34049 is being developed by an F24.60 task group chaired by Mike Teske, director of technical services for Skyline Eco-Adventures. Teske notes that all interested parties are welcome to join in the development of the proposed new standard.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee F24 Next Meeting: Feb. 16-18, 2012, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Technical Contact: Mike Teske, Skyline Eco-Adventures, Sevierville, Tenn. Phone: 865-323-6643; gt40guy@earthlink.net

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