Commercial Hovercraft

Hov Pod SPX: All Terrain Commercial Hovercraft (ATCH)      To Make Enquiries Click Here

Why you should choose the Hov Pod commercial hovercraft.  For companies operating in difficult terrain and hazardous conditions, it is important that the right people, with the right tools and can easily access difficult areas 24/7.

The Hov Pod SPX commercial hovercraft can reduce overheads considerably, particularly in areas with difficult terrain.

The Hov Pod can quickly transport personnel in safety, over all sorts of terrain and at any time of the tidal day, to precisely the location they need to reach. This is in contrast to conventional vehicles which have serious operational limitations when it comes to mud, quicksand, floods, ice or mixed terrain.  The Hov Pod can also double up as a rescue, support or standby craft.

The impressive list of tasks entrusted to Hov Pods around the world:

High speed marine sub surface and ground scanning survey and detection;

Mud and Tides Pose No Problem for the Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft

Mud and Tides Pose No Problem for the Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft

Rescue work from flooded areas, mud, ice, tidal areas;

Famine, or flood aid, support;

Civil emergency; infrastructure support and Border patrol;

Oil industry survey, exploration and pipeline patrol;

Electrical Power-line patrol;

Safety or remote mining access support vehicle;

River, lake and port geological surveys; Mud & riverbed sampling;

Environmental projects and clean-up operations;

Airport bird scaring, support and rescue services;

Coastal civil engineering;

Transport, service and safety craft for river and low tide coastal work;

Bridge construction, repair and maintenance work.

Why You Should Choose The Hov Pod SPX: All Terrain Commercial Hovercraft (ATCH):  

Fully Amphibious with Complete operational flexibility.                           To Make Enquiries Click Here

The Hov Pod SPX range of craft have no submerged propeller and therefore there is no risk of damage, or entanglement, ending operations.  This is in contrast to a boat which, with a damaged, or entangled, propeller could become stranded, possibly even placing personnel at risk and in need of rescue.

The Hov Pod SPX can operate in shallow water and over mud, swamps, grass, riverbeds, open water, tidal regions, rapids, marshland, desert, sandbanks, shingle, weed, sand, ice, snow, roads, shallow lakes, dried up salt marshes, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 45 mph. This all-terrain capability means that the Hov Pod SPX can act immediately, taking a direct line for faster logistical response, without any concern for water depth, or other surface limitations in its path.

In flooding, it’s not hindered by hidden objects, such as wire fences, furniture and brick walls, submerged by the flood water, which would prevent the use of boats.

This unique ability also makes it the ideal vehicle for humanitarian rescue and relief distribution during flooding.

Suitability – The Hov Pod SPX can operate in fog and monsoon conditions.  Furthermore, it can operate around power lines and trees, which can be a danger to helicopters and without the downdraft to disrupt surface operations.

Stability – Whilst moving, the air cushion provides a far more stable observation and working platform than conventional boats, or ground vehicles, especially whilst manoeuvring. When stopped on land, mud or water, its flat bottom prevents rolling, or movement providing great work stability.  Staff can stand up for observation.

Standing in a Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft

Standing in a Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft

Low purchase & operational cost = enhanced operational effectiveness – The Hov Pod SPX ATCH is a very affordable craft to purchase, operate and maintain. One Hov Pod SPX is cheaper to purchase than the daily operating, staffing and service costs of a helicopter.  Several low cost Hov Pod SPX craft allow budgets to be spread over a wider area, enabling more craft to be deployed for far better coverage and rapid response than could be achieved with helicopters, conventional vehicles, or larger, far more expensive, less portable and more complex hovercraft.

Reliable, safe & easy to maintain – CAD/CNC technology and high grade components ensure superb engineering tolerances for minimum maintenance. Simple design and easy access to all components mean that servicing does not require specialists, so downtime is minimised.  Extensive safety features give operators worry free operation.

Easy to deploy – It’s easy to tow behind, or carry on, traditional vehicles and can be supplied with a 45 second quick launch trailer. Being only 1.86m wide, means the craft can be quickly and safely transported to normally inaccessible areas, deployed anywhere, and launched and returned to shore without special ramps, slipways, roads or prepared infrastructure, or the need for operators to disembark into water.  The Hov Pod is not limited to the water’s edge, so the ATCH can fast transfer simply by flying up a slipway, beach, riverbank, or over tidal mud and ice.

Simple design & controls – A low centre of gravity combined with a simple, single engine design and with all unnecessary elevators, trim levers etc. removed, ensures great manoeuvrability and very simple operation.  Simplicity of design means that with minimal training, all operators can grasp the basics of operation after only one hour’s tuition. This enables multi operator use, ensuring operators can concentrate solely on the task in hand, without the need for specialist pilots.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) construction – The HDPE composite construction is extremely strong, lightweight and remains buoyant even if damaged. HDPE has excellent properties to withstand damage to enable use in harsh, all terrain environments.  HDPE is also capable of being easily modified and configured to accept customer specified mounts and other specialist equipment.

Skirt design – Theunique, anti-rip, polyurethane/nylon segmented skirt consists of 65 anti-plough designed segments, fed from the IAPSS air management feed system. This gives excellent ride stability and exceptional wear and damage resistance for increased operational reliability.  The skirt system is designed to enable continued operation even if damaged.

In Conclusion – The Hov Pod is the epitome of small hovercraft design, engineering and construction and is used by the Red Cross, the United Nations and many commercial operators.  There could be no better tribute to the success of the engineers’ dedication.

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