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Flying hovercraft! Answered

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Bungee jumping, kite-boarding...

Why do all the extremest sports seem to come from New Zealand?

The lightweight, canvas-covered wings are attached to the craft with what he calls a "Jesus pin".

"If that comes out, you see Jesus," he said.

Because the hovercraft is not classed as an aircraft under New Zealand aviation laws, the operator does not require a pilot's licence.


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shawnt (author)2010-05-09

When I click on the video, it says that "this is a private video. If you have been sent this video, make sure you accept the senders friend request." 

Perhaps settings for this video need to be changed. 

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Kiteman (author)shawnt2010-05-10

That's odd - it was OK when I posted it.

Sorry.

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kelseymh (author)2010-03-08

Those wacky Kiwis!  They clearly have some rather barn-sized holes in their airworthiness regulations.  If it maintains altitude, whether powered or unpowered, that makes it an "aircraft." 

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vatosupreme (author)kelseymh2010-03-14

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_vehicle

This seems to indicate that it is still a ship.  Is there an FAA reg for these?

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kelseymh (author)vatosupreme2010-03-14

Thank you!  That's an excellent reference.

I searched the FAA's Web site for information on "ground effect" first, and then for "ground effect vehicle".  It looks to me like they follow the IMO by explicitly excluding GEV's from their regs -- they require, for example, flight performance data for airworthiness to be collected "out of ground effect." 

It'd be great if a real pilot could chime in on this.

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2010-03-10

"Altitude" is pushing the description a bit - the WIG effect only works a wing-span from the ground.


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bowmaster (author)2010-03-08

Awesome! I need one of those!

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ItsTheHobbs (author)2010-03-08

WANT! This actually doesn't really look too hard to make.

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flamethrower1010 (author)2010-03-08

thats awesome!
I wonder how much it cost him to make it.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-03-08

I'm about 90% sure bungee jumping did not originate in N.Z.


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crapflinger (author)2010-03-08

i wonder how much fuel get's wasted since the bottom duct is still trying to fill the skirt while it's airborne. though that looks like one of those single motor jobs where a portion of the propulsion rotor's wind get's ducted underneath.

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Koosie (author)2010-03-08

That's awesome!  But isn't it a hoverable aeroplane? ;-> 

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n8man (author)2010-03-07

 The link is not working for some reason, I click it and it does nothing. 

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lemonie (author)2010-03-07

Yes, I want one of those.

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Kiteman (author)2010-03-07

Update: you don't need a pilot's license!


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