Commercial Hovercraft – Industrial Grade
Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft are the perfect all in one craft to take on the role of other vehicles for traditional coastal/inland/border patrol, Search & Rescue, UXO Surveys, Exploration, Fire Fighting and Transport. In search and rescue operations, Hov Pod keep first responders above the danger, not in it. Because Hov Pod safely hover 9 inches above any terrain or water, they can get close to victims that a boat or helicopter can't reach. Hov Pod are safer and more fuel-efficient than boats, they are affordable, easy to own, operate, maintain and use.
Commercial Hovercraft are engineered to be full-time all terrain workhorses, affordable, easy to own, operate and use. Hov Pod are low maintenance and built to last. Hov Pod deliver a huge return on investment by completing missions, saving lives, reducing travel time, flying over unforgiving terrain or transporting people and products to places no other vehicle can go.
Commercial Hovercraft are also just about the only vehicle suitable for many areas inaccessible to conventional vehicles & can operate over flooded land, mud, riverbed, shallow water/tidal region, rapid, shingle beach, open water, grass, sand, desert, swamp, marshland, prairie, wetland, meadow, bog, bayou, shore, weed, submerged plant, snow, ice, shallow lake, dried up salt marsh, sandbank, road, indeed any flat surface at speeds up to 45 mph without effecting wild life or the ecology.
Commercial Hovercraft – INFINITE REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS
When you think of hovercraft in terms of commercial applications, you think amphibious, all terrain transportation. So in that case, think all of the all commercial applications there are for a Motorcycle, Jet Ski, Car, Taxi, 4X4 Pickup Truck, Camper, Motor Boat, Ferry, Tour Bus, Ambulance, Van, SUV, Raft, Shuttle, Helicopter and then think Hov Pod.
Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft can carry up to 1500 lbs (680Kg) or 9 people to deliver a payload to remote destinations, rescue survivors in a disaster or provide an outside the box adventure experience to places unexplored.
Though Hov Pod has been involved in hundreds of commercial activities we only scratched the surface, Patrol, Search & Rescue, Survey, Transport, Exploration in 2017 we are introducing Fire Fighting and a whole new era of Commercial Team Solutions.
There are many different applications for the Hov Pod range of hovercraft, so to encompass all applications in one specification sheet is hard to do. We have a number of specific specification sheets to illustrate how the Hov Pod models can help in different situations, such as rescue, patrol/border security, commercial use (including oil exploration), recreation use, rental operations etc. Just some of those many applications are detailed below.
Current Commercial Hovercraft Work
◊ Border/coastal/inland patrol, anti terrorism, drug smuggling patrol.
◊ High speed marine sub surface & ground scanning survey & detection.
◊ Rescue work from flooded areas, mud, sand, tidal areas. Hovercraft do not create the problem with downdraft associated with helicopters, & a fraction of the cost to purchase, operate & maintain.
◊ Rescuers can reach floods, mud, sand & ice victims without exposing rescuers to life threatening danger.
◊ Distribution of famine or flood aid support craft. Relief work (United Nations).
◊ Heavy load movement across difficult surfaces
◊ Civil emergency & infrastructure support
◊ Fire support in hard to access locations and airports near swamps, shallow water and tidal regions
◊ Oil industry survey, exploration & pipeline patrol.
◊ Electrical Power-line patrol & safety.
◊ Remote mining access support vehicle.
◊ River, lake & port geological surveys.
◊ Mud & riverbed sampling.
◊ Wildlife conservation and research
◊ Oil spill clean up
◊ Transportation or "island-hopping"
◊ Mosquito abatement
◊ Charter operations and passenger ferries
◊ Dive recovery teams
◊ Water management
◊ Environmental projects & clean-up operations.
◊ Airport bird scaring/support/rescue services.
◊ Coastal civil engineering & bridge construction & repair/maintenance.
◊ Transport, service & safety craft for river & low tide coastal work where 24-hour access is vital for staff safety.
◊ Fish farm & low tide access for shrimp, mussel and cockle farming.
◊ Fishing anywhere ... including ice fishing
◊ Leisure & family fun. Rental Operations, Corporate entertainment. Education, schools. Summer fetes & shows.
◊ Access to Riverside, lakeside & island properties. Hovercraft travel over mud, sand & ice. Hovercraft are not restricted by tide, or fast running water. Or shallow water, or submerged rocks, coral, or marine life.
◊ SuperYacht Tenders - Traveling from land to water where there is no boat dock
◊ Filming & TV work. Store sales & advertising (Harrods).
◊ Transport in environmentally sensitive areas where habitat, erosion and soil compaction are a concern
◊ Retrieving birds from tailings ponds at mining sites
◊ TV and film companies (James Bond movies often use hovercraft)
◊ Entertainment at water shows
◊ Agricultural spraying; cranberry, rice and pecan farming.
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Commercial Hovercraft – Industrial Grade Difference
Commercial hovercraft need to be durable; many smaller hovercraft are made from thin glass fiber since hovercraft are weight sensitive vehicles, and suppliers try to loose weight wherever possible. The Hov Pod are unique, either manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) or Carbon Fibre and Kevlar. The hull of both the SPX and Infinity carry a 5 year warranty.
Standard version Hov Pod has no glass, plexiglas or plastic windows as these parts tend to wear and break. A cabin is an option however, clear view, easy access for entry, exit, loading, unloading and quick deployment are standard. On our Infinity model the deck, flatbed or cabin is a huge blank canvass that can be optimized to fit your project, from shuttle to all terrain laboratory.
Our proprietary skirt design is a unique polyurethane / nylon weave & fabric combination with anti-rip properties & incredible wear resistance. Hov Pod are engineered for full-time daily production and the Hov Pod skirt is designed to put in overtime. The unique anti-plough IAPSS skirt design gives far greater flexibility, continued operational ability & high speed safety against rapid and sudden deceleration.
Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft – Industrial Reliability
Commercial hovercraft need to be reliable, easy to use and maintain, and safe to use. The Hov Pod SPX TCC is CAD designed, with engineering parts produced using CNC for digital accuracy. We fit IP65 and IP66 electrical connectors, and secure wiring in a waterproof box. We fit front and rear guards to the fan assembly to guard against the fans that rotate at 2000 rpm - many hovercraft do not fit a rear guard, we think it’s essential.
The Hov Pod SPX TCC 120HP Turbo seats up to 4 persons, whereas the Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP Turbo with carbon Fibre hull seats up to 9 persons. Both hovercraft are powered by the Weber Automotive 120HP Turbo powered 4 stroke engine - this power unit is extremely reliable and offers excellent power to weight to deliver impressive power for starting on water (some suppliers hide their on-water payload ratings, always check on-water capability).
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Hov Pod come in unique sizes the Carbon Infinity 750 the first ever Truck Styled Hovercraft hauls up to 9 people or 1500 lbs. (678 kgs) and it has a cargo bay.
Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft possess unique abilities that make them extremely useful. Hov Pod Commercial Hovercraft can fly smoothly over land; still or swift water; shallow, flooded or frozen rivers; sandbars; swamps; snow; and thin or broken ice, giving you access to areas that can't be reached with other vehicles. Their high speed amphibious capabilities are little affected by the movement or the depth of water, or whether or not it is frozen.