It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A… Hovercraft?!

With all this talk of ground-effect craft on WU recently, perhaps you feel like owning one, and not just a rusting cold-war relic either. Well now you can as self-taught New Zealand mechanic Rudy Heeman has decided to sell the pride and joy it took him 10 years to build, a flying hovercraft.

At low speeds the vehicle behaves much as any hovercraft would, covering most surfaces with the usual ease, but over 70 km/h the craft's detachable lightweight wings kick in and it takes to the air. But despite being surprisingly nimble in flight, Heeman's invention, called the "WIG", doesn't require a pilot's license to fly (in New Zealand at least) since like all hovercraft it is classed as a marine vehicle. Video in the link (Sky News).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Mar 15, 2010
     Category: Flight | Inventions | Motor Vehicles

Self-taught aircraft designer sells homemade plane with detachable wings. It just advertises itself, doesn't it? :blank:
Posted by Dumbfounded on 03/15/10 at 10:41 AM
I wouldn't have sold it.
Posted by Remm on 03/15/10 at 11:33 AM
He needs the money for his next project, a vertical take-off capable back-hoe. 😊
Posted by Dumbfounded on 03/15/10 at 11:38 AM
cool vehicle, but crash and it's gonna HURT! it doesn't look like there's any protection for the person inside.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/15/10 at 11:43 AM
I dunno, with no ailerons, it'll corner like a dog on lino. And, like patty says, it'll leave a mark. Airborne at 40+mph. Look out for that tree!
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 03/15/10 at 05:56 PM
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/15/10 at 09:37 PM
looking good patty!

I'd want one of these, if for no other reason than to avoid traffic jams on the daily commute.
Posted by Nethie on 03/15/10 at 09:45 PM
thanks nethie. hey that's a great idea too! just fly over them all.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/15/10 at 09:51 PM
well that limits commuting to waterways then.(i always think of you when i see new zealanders in the news sweetie.)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/11/10 at 11:47 PM
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