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The above wige craft should be going into production next year. I would give pretty much anything to "fly" one of these.

 

 

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The above wige craft should be going into production next year. I would give pretty much anything to "fly" one of these.

Hi FW pm me and I'll give you the contact of a person who tested the ones in Cairns back in the 90's. He now lives in Brisbane.

 

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The above wige craft should be going into production next year. I would give pretty much anything to "fly" one of these.

What do you need to legally use one of these?

 

092_idea.gif.47940f0a63d4c3c507771e6510e944e5.gif a truck driver's licence?

 

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092_idea.gif.47940f0a63d4c3c507771e6510e944e5.gif a PPL?

 

...or perhaps all three?

 

 

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Hi Blue, Does he have the company/business Sea Eagle International? Please excuse my ignorance but I'm not sure how to pm you, I can be contacted on 0431 152150, I'm also Brisbane, And 80 knots, yes that's hilarious, but a boat license would be needed for my design. I certainly wouldn't let a person without flying experience operate it though. In my posting above I said "P.A.W.", should have been, "P.A.L.", power augmented lift.

 

 

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Last I looked at WIGS - which was some years ago - ICAO had ruled that for Type A (pure G/E machines), and Type B - (primarily G/E operation but capable of 'jumps', and not operated above 500 feet), they are 'Boats'.

 

 

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but I'm not sure how to pm you,

Click on his username and a box will appear with several options, one is "start a conversation"

 

 

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Last I looked at WIGS - which was some years ago - ICAO had ruled that for Type A (pure G/E machines), and Type B - (primarily G/E operation but capable of 'jumps', and not operated above 500 feet), they are 'Boats'.

Correct, and therefore a boat license is required, and not a pilots license. But in saying that, there is no way anyone without sufficient experience in low flying, or flying in ground effect, should attempt to operate one, that would just be asking for trouble. I'm primarily interested in the recreational market, once mastered it would be just sooooo exhilarating. I used to love flying the fox a couple of feet, actually about 3, flat out, down a particular beach until I realized the consequences of my actions if anything were to go pear shaped.

 

 

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I'd heard crabs can jump 50 feet but "boats" jumping 500 feet? BS I think, as it's definitely controlled and supported by aerodynamic forces and it's not on the water by any stretch of the imagination, in that situation. Nev

 

 

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FH, I think the 'jump' thing is intended to be the capability to use inertia and sufficient lift to be able to pull over obstacles, but not maintain sustained flight out of G/E. The 500 feet is ICAO simply using the legal definition that has been accepted for 'lowest safe altitude' figure as the line in the sand (air..) for classification purposes.

 

 

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Come on facthunter, read what Oscar has said. No one has implied boats can jump up to 500 ft, that's just "plane" silly.

 

 

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FWIW, I was involved in a fairly serious attempt to develop a small WIG about, gee, 5 - 7 years ago. I still find them fascinating concepts, but it's a fact that all of the attempts ( Lippisch in particular did a lot or work in this area) have found that operating in G/E is a very narrow 'window' for stability; what you don't want is a short-coupled device. Some of the Lippish devices operated pretty well, and of course the Russians had monster WIGS: e.g. the 'Caspian Sea Monster' that freaked USA spy resources:

 

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There was a burst of interest in WIGS; even Boeing got into the act with its projected 'Pelican' project for a very heavy-lift logistic support beast:

 

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The 'Volga'-class WIG was probably the most successful - able to 'fly' along iced up rivers for both passenger and emergency-services uses:

 

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But - WIG development has mostly stopped, because it is a particularly difficult regime in which to get an effective device. A bit like Hovercraft: so very 'niche', that most people have succumbed in the face of the stability challenges.

 

I personally happen to think that WIGs would be amazingly utilitarian for servicing the top-end of Australia, combining efficiency with versatility - but the aerodynamics are exceedingly complex and under-researched. I don't think there are any of the Russian Ekranoplans still in service - or even flying. Just because they 'fly' at very low altitude, doesn't mean they are simple.

 

 

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Fox worker, if you check you will find I have given Oscar an agree, and in fact I often agree with what Oscar says. Nev

 

 

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Oscar, There is a hec of a lot of development going on nowadays, a lot of the previous problems you speak of have well and truly been worked out and overcome now. I really don't wish to get into an argument over the subject but if you really look around, especially in Sth Korea. WIG development has definitely not stopped. Wingship, Flightboat ...there's just 2. Complex to some.

 

 

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Fox worker, if you check you will find I have given Oscar an agree, and in fact I often agree with what Oscar says. Nev

Good for you mate.

 

 

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Well, that is encouraging. Might drag out the BMW K100 motor I bought for Wig development and brush up on the latest stuff!.

 

 

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...But - WIG development has mostly stopped, because it is a particularly difficult regime in which to get an effective device. A bit like Hovercraft: so very 'niche', that most people have succumbed in the face of the stability challenges.

I hope some Big Wig will throw some money at this, hire the most capable engineers (perhaps recruit some from Russia?) and develop this concept further.

 

 

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