HovPod Carbon Infinity 8 Seat Hovercraft Ideal in the Commercial Hovercraft, Rescue Hovercraft and Patrol Hovercraft Roles
The new, CAD designed, Carbon Infinity 120 HP commercial hovercraft from HovPod, is the world’s first production hovercraft to be constructed from a combination of lightweight Carbon Fibre, Kevlar and HDPE for superb strength, giving it an impressive payload capacity of 500 Kgs, (half a ton), “on water” and 675 Kgs, (1492 lbs), “on land”. The new 7 to 8 seater is powered by a 120 HP turbo engine and is the largest HovPod to date.
The extra capacity of the new Carbon Infinity, compared with the smaller models, takes HovPod beyond just the personal hovercraft market. The extra capacity means it can act in a commercial cargo carrying role, as well as being equipped for rescue and military duties.
This larger model is a welcome addition to the HovPod stable.
The increased size will also be of benefit in the roles of medium sized rescue hovercraft and patrol hovercraft. The following short video shows the larger 7 seat Hov Pod Carbon Infinity rescue hovercraft in operation and training over rapids and shallow water, which are conditions commonly encountered during flooding emergencies. The Carbon Infinity is the first of a new generation of hovercraft built from materials which are extremely light weight whilst offering high strength for durability. The hull is manufactured from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar, the material used for bullet proofing. Other parts such as the duct are manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). There are no other hovercraft made with this combination of materials. Hovercraft, like helicopters, are weight sensitive. Other hovercraft manufacturers often use thin glass fibre which can easily crack when riding over rocks, floating obstacles and ice and can be difficult to repair. Take a look at the large HovPod in action below.
It’s a natural instinct for people to climb things during flooding emergencies, in order to get as far away as possible from the rising flood water. Helicopter rescue can be far from straightforward. Pylons can be serious obstacles for helicopters attempting a rescue and survivors can go undetected if they are hidden under tree cover. Helicopters also generate downdraft winds of 100 mph, which requires them to deploy a winch cable operated by a winch man in order to attempt a rescue, which restricts weight carrying capacity and takes time. In addition, helicopters are unable to carry lots of fuel, which is heavy and this can limit the amount of time they can spend in situ. Hovercraft are far cheaper to purchase and operate.
Unlike boats, hovercraft don’t have propellers which can get snagged on floating debris, or damaged by underwater obstacles like rocks, wire fences, street furniture, cars etc. In addition, boats can’t cope with mud, or ice very well, or handle shallow water, or fast running rapids. None of these typical conditions are a problem for a hovercraft as it flies 9 inches above the surface of the water.