Big Day tomorrow! For those of you that have been following our work with the MCA on the HCoP, you’ll understand why we’re rather excited that the code is now to face the whole working group for – hopefully – the discussion which will finalise the code ready for implication. The code has been largely prepared by the HMA members, lead by Griffon Hoverwork and ourselves and is based on the MGN280 commercial workboat regulations. Like or loathe our current government, this has come about because industry regulation is now encouraged by government to be industry lead, which is exactly what the Hovercraft Code is. This means that the regulations contain a ton of common sense and can be clearly understood and implemented by those operating hovercraft for the first time.
The MCA granted permission for the Ultralight Category hovercraft to commence commercial operations back in June 2014 and we’ve quickly seized the opportunity with the formation of Coastal Transit Services, which has been busy providing crew transfer and survey services since last year. However, the larger categories (Light : Up to 100kgs and Small : Up to 24m) have taken more work with particular emphasis on engine choices and propeller specifications.
So – tomorrow will be interesting – let’s see what happens and we’ll obviously update this page and our facebook page with updates as they happen.