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Rudy Heeman of Nelson, New Zealand, spent three years building and designing the hovercraft that can travel on water land and air.
He wanted to develop the flying hovercraft design, but had to sell a prototype to raise enough cash to do so.
It was listed on a ‘Trademe’ website expiring on 13 March 2010 with a reserve of NZ$20,000.
Mr Heeman, a mechanic, has been making hovercraft in his spare time for more than 13 years but was his first attempt at a flying version. He had spent 75 hours flying his completed bovercraft.
With a modified 1.8 litre Subaru car engine and a range of more than 225 kilometres, the hovercraft cruises at 90 kph when flying, and has a smooth ride above the waves.

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Rudy Heeman of Nelson, New Zealand, spent three years building and designing the hovercraft that can travel on water land and air.
He wanted to develop the flying hovercraft design, but had to sell a prototype to raise enough cash to do so.
It was listed on a ‘Trademe’ website expiring on 13 March 2010 with a reserve of NZ$20,000.
Mr Heeman, a mechanic, has been making hovercraft in his spare time for more than 13 years but was his first attempt at a flying version. He had spent 75 hours flying his completed bovercraft.
With a modified 1.8 litre Subaru car engine and a range of more than 225 kilometres, the hovercraft cruises at 90 kph when flying, and has a smooth ride above the waves.

 

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This machine is a W.I.G [wing in ground effect] in the form of a hovercraft. This machine,which is classed as a boat and comes under MSA rules,can operate as a hovercraft or,when the wings and tail put on,flying machine that can travel above the water or land. The engine is a EA81 subaru, modified with turbo, intercooler blow thru webber carb.
Has alloy wing spars, foam cored ribs and fabric skins.The tail unclips if not required but stays on when transported. Has a retractable finger skirt,open cockpit, aerofoil wings, and thrust diverter.

The first test flight was 2007.

 

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Engine: Subaru EA81, 100 hp 100HP at 5000rpm with 7 pounds boost
Wingspan: 7m
Length with tail: approx 6.3m
Length: 4 m (13 ft)

 


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