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Flying hovercraft! Answered

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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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

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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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

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


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bowmaster
bowmaster

11 years ago

Awesome! I need one of those!

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ItsTheHobbs
ItsTheHobbs

11 years ago

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

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flamethrower1010
flamethrower1010

11 years ago

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

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

11 years ago

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


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crapflinger
crapflinger

11 years ago

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
Koosie

11 years ago

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

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n8man
n8man

11 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Fixed, I hope.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Yes, I want one of those.

L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

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