• Mar 14th 2010 at 6:03PM
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Homemade flying hovercraft – Click above to watch video after the jump

Rudy Heeman, an inventor in New Zealand, has created a flying hovercraft. We'll admit right now that it has little nothing to do with cars, but it is ridiculously cool. Heeman wants to make and sell them for only $13,000. Maybe it's time for us to just sell the car and move someplace with waterways for roads. Follow the jump to check it out. Hat tip to Duy!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This has been tried before. There was a company in South Florida who constructed a sort of flying ground effect vehicle meant for commutes between assorted islands and other water destinations. I don't recall if it had a skirt like this one but in any case, it was bigger and looked an awful lot like an average Cessna or Piper or something, but with shorter wings.

      The concept was great. The vehicle worked well. It was set to go into production.

      Until the FAA caught wind of it. The company was shut down hard because a flying vehicle like this has to comply with air worthiness crap and ALL the red tape and liability that comes with airplanes, not to mention that people operating one would need a suitable license.

      A real shame because the concept was awesome.

      Now this kiwi gadget looks a lot lighter and smaller and might qualify as an ultralight, but the video shows it 10-20 feet off the water which means the FAA would get involved. I wish the inventor well with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Universal Hovercraft has offered a ground effect hovercraft both as a turn-key craft and a kit for quite a few years now. I built the UH-10F, one of their basic single-seat craft. Hovercrafts are a lot of fun, but controlling them is a bit like trying to steer a hockey puck.

      http://www.hovercraft.com/content/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=53
      • 5 Years Ago
      too sharp a turn... catch a tip in the water... owie.


      still awesome though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something tells me FailBlog is gonna have a few hundred videos coming to them behind this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two, please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome
      • 5 Years Ago
      Truly awesome ... can it loop upside down?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, if I'm at the helm - cuz I'm a klutz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another definition of the word AWESOME!! This time its more of verb!!
      Go to New Zealand, and get it if it doesn't come here....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Flying Hovercraft?

      Maybe Ekranoplan is the word you were looking for.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbecl88NsEQ

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Dan

        Caspian sea monster, sir... ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        WOW someone besides me that knows what an Ekranoplan is! Now...how about vid of the Capstian sea monster!

        dan
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, can I buy one for $13,000 too?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ekranoplan is awesome! I learned about it just last week from either Slashdot or Digg...there was a link to some photos someone had taken from the Russian shipyard where the one built Ekranoplan is currently rotting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ground effect vehicles rock.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and thats what increases the fun :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah that looks safe
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like "Kiwi" as in New Zealander. This thing rocks, btw.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Video: Zero wheels, all awesome - Homebuilt Kiwi 'hovercraft' "

        A Kiwi (as in the "flightless" bird)...flying hovercraft.

        Isn't that an oxymoron...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, you should see some of the Russian/Soviet 8 jet engine ground effects cargo planes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Franz,

        I'm aware of the Kiwi nickname for New Zealanders...just "rockin' the boat"..err, hovercraft (that flies) that is... ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most things that are fun usually aren't safe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always loved Ekranoplan even though everyone I know seems to hate it for some reason but I find that machine to be insanely amazing marvel and this guy also build an amazing fun machine! This is seriously cool.
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