Hovercraft News

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

RNLI marks bay birthday

... Throughout the day there will be displays by the lifeboat and hovercraft including mud rescues, capsize drills and much more. ...


Challenges and treasure hunts ...

The projects usually took three to four days.
According to Anneka, some of her greatest successes included restoring the Patti Pavilion, despite some local objections. She also succeeded in building a shelter for the Burnham-on-Sea rescue hovercraft.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

India's Coast Guard uses hovercraft.

Lanka refugees run, from army & war fear

Calcutta Telegraph, India

... At times, the small naval boats or the Coast Guard’s hovercraft ferry the stranded men, women and children to Rameshwaram, Pamban or Dhanushkodi. ...


Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hovercraft surfacing again

Largely unchanged in a half-century, the invention still elicits "oohs" and "ahs" in the tech-savvy Bay Area.

Maybe it's the name. Maybe it's the gravity-defying air cushion it rides upon, leading many to call it "futuristic," even though it was invented in the same decade as the push-button telephone.

Perhaps it is the practical side: A craft that can skim across the shallowest of the Bay's ubiquitous mud flats at highway speeds no dredging required and scoot right up onto a beach or airport tarmac.

Or maybe it's the long-held belief among both enthusiasts and struggling manufacturers that the hovercraft and the San Francisco Bay were made for each other.


High-speed hovercraft to tour the Jurassic Coast from Exmouth?

PROPOSALS for high-speed hovercraft excursions along the Jurassic Coast that would stop at Exmouth could be in place by 2008 - but they are dependent on local authorities giving the green light, writes David Beasley.

The £10m plans, proposed by a group of Bournemouth businessmen headed by hotelier Terry Smith, would see trips along the 95-mile long world heritage coastline, beginning at Exmouth and ending at Dawlish Warren.The concept would be for hovercraft to go as far as Weymouth, giving tourists the chance to see the full splendour of the coastline.