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Different Uses of Air Cushion Vehicles

3/3/2012 12:10:49 PM | by Anonymous

Air Cushion Vehicles

If you are the type of person who loves traveling and wants to have no difficulty getting to his destination whether it would be land or water forms, then I recommend owning an air cushion vehicle. Air cushion vehicles or also called hovercraft are capable of traveling across both land and water. A large portion of the weight is supported by a cushion of slow moving, high pressure air developed around the craft resulting this vehicle to float but just near the Earth’s surface. Since air cushion vehicles travel over surfaces, they have no problem passing through any smooth surface such as grass, sand, ice, snow and even water. However, it is not recommended to use air cushion vehicles on street roads as the backlashes between the surface and the skirt can lead to pressure falling and disability of the hovercraft to move.

 

Air cushion vehicles are used for different purposes. They can be for personal or recreational use such as for hunting, tourism and fishing. Inland racing and cruising on are some of the recreational activities wherein air cushion vehicles are used. In case of emergency and natural disasters like typhoons and tsunami that cause flood, hovercrafts are used by coast guards for saving people. They have also been used as passenger ferries for transporting people and freight, for instance across the English Channel. Hovercrafts are best suited for military since their various tasks are not dependent on road conditions. The hovercrafts are specially equipped for landing of troops and carrying out military operations.

 

The adaptation of air cushion vehicles in replacement of cars could have saved millions of dollars on expensive road construction and maintenance. Motor boats, if replaced with this versatile vehicle as well, can cause a cut down on water pollution, noise and injury to water surface animals.

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