How NOT to go racing - Russ Pullen rolling his F2 hovercraft!

added by Emma on July 22, 2013 at 08:31

Well, you can't say we don't test our products!

A complete schoolboy error by Volantis Racing's Russ Pullen meant serious injury to his ego. Luckily , nothing else was hurt - and even the hovercraft's hull damage was extremely minor! A quick mend Monday morning and it's off to Prudhomat for the next round of the European championship next weekend.

Click 'full screen' in bottom corner to see the video more clearly.

 

Thanks to Rebecca Taylor http://www.hovercraftvideo.co.uk/ for the video, taken on a GoPro laying on the ground...just waiting! She just 'knew' somebody was going to get this tricky jump wrong!

 

 

 

Welcome to our new dealer in Indiana, USA.

added by Emma on July 11, 2013 at 05:46

Jason Kuehn, is a nationally recognized expert in the hovercraft industry with 18 years of experience. He founded Slipstream Hover Technologies 2005 which specializes in parts for hovercraft. His company has grown significantly and is now the largest parts-only hovercraft company in the U.S. Jason is a keen innovator and has lead the advancement of US hovercraft technology in several key areas by releasing several groundbreaking new products. His primary focus however is customer satisfaction  - customers who buy from Slipstream know that they're buying a quality product and that the company will stand behind it if they ever have a problem.

In December 2012, Jason formed Hoverstream, LLC to market complete, turn-key hovercraft and chose to come on board with Flying Fish with the Marlin & Coastal-Pro models as they allow him to offer the best 'price to performance' ratio available. The Marlin model is the only high quality, high performance hovercraft available in the US for under $20,000.

For more details, visit Hoverstream at http://hoverstream.com

Picture below of Hoverstream's Jason Kuehn handing over a Marlin to a client.

 

Update to the MCA/Hovercraft Manufacturers/Hovercraft Club revisions to small hovercraft legislation

added by Emma on July 10, 2013 at 04:45

As agreed during our meeting with the MCA back in May, earlier this week, we held a meeting for representatives from the industry and the hovercraft club to start on the production of a code for hovercraft for the 'Ultralight, Light and Small Craft.' The meeting, kindly hosted and held at Griffon Hoverworks in Southampton, has produced a framework with several areas that need further work which will be looked at over the next 3 to 4 weeks. Thereafter, the working documentation will be circulated to all 'interested' parties and the draft submitted to the MCA in preparation for the meeting scheduled for September.

This work will result in a safe and defined set of relevant regulations pertaining to the operation of small hovercraft. And that is probably the most significant and exiting step forward for the hovercraft industry in 40 years.

Why?

Our current Marlin and Coastal-Pro hovercraft fit into the 'Ultralight' category and the aim here is to basically remove them from the requirements of the High-Speed-Code (HSC.) This means that commercial (non-passenger) operations in coastal/categorised waters using small hovercraft will be achievable - whereas currently, it is almost impossible to achieve a 'coding' allowing this. So, survey work, weed spraying, bird counts, sampling and geo-technical work, UXO exploration, TV and filming work etc all become possible.

The craft will still need to conform to a set of regulations and be equipped to a safe level - but the MCA have wisely ruled that small hovercraft working on mudflats, estuaries etc bear more relevance to work equipment than a 'vessel.' Crew will need relevant experience and the skipper basic maritime qualifications. The final specifications and  ruling is still to be decided but this is the 'bones' of it.

Moving to larger craft such as our BBV500, the small craft category will allow craft to be prepared and used for commercial reward (ie beach rides/tours/public transfer etc) but craft will need to be equipped to a higher - but now realistic - level.

As I said above, this is a huge step forward and a very exciting development which will really open the door to hovercraft operations in a commercial environment. Whilst there's a long way to go yet (legislation won't be a 5 minute job!) we're now well on track!

 

 

Hovercraft on Series 20 of Top Gear

added by Emma on July 2, 2013 at 07:55

Well, it's no secret in the hovercraft community that we've been involved with BBC's Top Gear 'Hovervan' project in the last few weeks. Obviously, we'll say no more until the program airs, but if you watched the first show in the series, you'll have noticed Jeremy Clarkson piloting a Marlin II. You'll have to wait for the show to see what it's all about but if you haven't already got a 'record' set up for Top Gear (Sundays BBC2 9pm) then do it...! There's already lots of videos and photos all over the internet as you'd expect - seeing as some of the show was shot in the middle of Stratford-upon-Avon!

I can promise you it'll be well worth watching, although some members of the hovercraft community are bound to object to the portrayal of hovercraft by the show. So what! It's loud, huge fun and as mad as you'd expect from the Top Gear team! It's not meant to be serious, if you want a serious hovercraft - come and see us! If you want to see one of the most insane shows Top Gear have ever shot... watch TV!

See our Full Hovercraft Range   Read about Flying Fish Hovercraft   Want to try for yourself?

 


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