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May 19, 2015

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Rescue Hovercraft Video

Rescue Hovercraft Video

Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP Turbo

This video shows the Hov Pod Carbon Infinity rescue hovercraft in operation and during training sessions over rapids, shallow water – the video shows the type of conditions that prevail during flooding emergencies. The Carbon Infinity is the first of a new generation of hovercraft manufactured from materials that offer high strength for durability, but are extremely lightweight. The hull is manufactured from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar, the material used for bullet proofing. Other parts such as the duct are manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) There is no other hovercraft made with this combination of materials, so why have we chosen to make rescue hovercraft this way? Hovercraft are weight sensitive, like helicopters. Many hovercraft are made from thin glass fibre and crack easily when riding over rocks and floating obstacles or ice. GRP looks great, but can be a XXXXX to repair.

Attributes for Rescue

During flooding emergencies people climb things, you would if the water was up to your neck and rising. Helicopters loose victims under tree cover and do not like pylons. Helicopters generate 100 mph downdraft winds, so need to deploy a long and time consuming winch cable operated by a winch man to hook on the victim – this restricts weight carrying capacity and time. Weight sensitive helicopters cannot carry lots of fuel, so they can only operate for brief periods of time – fuel is heavy. Hovercraft are far cheaper to purchase and operate.

Boats have propellers that get snagged on floating debris, or damaged by underwater obstacles like rocks, wire fences, street furniture, cars, rice sacks etc. Hovercraft do not have propellers, they fly 9 inches above the surface. Boats don’t handle mud or ice very well. Boats don’t handle shallow water, or fast running rapids – hovercraft fly above the surface.

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