View Full Version : Environmental Impact of Light Hovercraft?

Russ Pullen - n/a
22-Feb-06, 12:34 PM
Does anybody have access to any reports or information I can use in a document to support the use of craft in an 'environmentally sensitive' area?

Ideally, some information from a nice offical looking agency or something would be good.

Any help appreciated.


Sean Atterbury - n/a
22-Feb-06, 01:52 PM
That would be great, then I got something to show all them buggers that always say "you going to bugger up the grass and and and !!!" wing wing moan moan. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_twisted.gif

I did see something a while ago, will try find it. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

Nick Long - n/a
22-Feb-06, 02:04 PM
Why not start with some photos of the course after a (inland) race meeting? Compare that with a field after any other kind of event.


Russ Pullen - n/a
22-Feb-06, 10:18 PM
Hi Nick

I'm thinking more of effect on overall environment, ie birds/fish/grass/riverbanks/beaches/noise, oil and pollution issues etc etc.

Somebody MUST have done some research but i can't find much that isn't pure speculation! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif


Paul Fitz - n/a
22-Feb-06, 10:30 PM
The only environmental studies I have come across are the Alaska ones which have looked at the impact of large craft eg AP-188 etc.

http://www.hovercraftalaska.com/mainpages/hnpages/HNenv.html (www.hovercraftalaska.com/mainpages/hnpages/HNenv.html)

http://www.volpe.dot.gov/infosrc/highlts/00/mar/d_focus.html (www.volpe.dot.gov/infosrc/highlts/00/mar/d_focus.html)

The US Environmental Protection Agency use hovercraft and may have some usefull info in their literature.

http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/facilities/newportfacilities.ht (www.epa.gov/wed/pages/facilities/newportfacilities.htm#Boats%20and%20Hovercraft) m#Boats%20and%20Hovercraft

Or you could talk to the RNLI and see if they have been involved in any environmental impact studies (although I doubt it). It might be worth an informal chat to the operators of the Hunstanton or Burnham-on-Sea rescue Hovercraft. They use one of the Griffons and are obtaining (obtained?) a BBV

http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/barb/index.html (www.burnham-on-sea.com/barb/index.html)

hover_southwest - n/a
25-Feb-06, 02:06 AM
minor correction

bunham on sea use a BBV6 (photo on beach) built in sweden but are awaiting dellivery of a BBV4 i beleive (photo behind 4x4)

more details at




Paul Fitz - n/a
25-Feb-06, 11:43 AM
OOoops - Quite right. classic case of the brain working at a different frequency to the fingers. I meant that Hunstanton uses a Griffon, Burnham uses a BBV. Although my reference was obtained when they were only considering the new aquisition. I snatched the URL withoiut even reading it http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_surprised.gif(

hover_southwest - n/a
1-Mar-06, 07:02 AM
another thought, how about the MCA

i am sure someone can advise the hovercraft inspectors name, captain smiley i seem to recall!?

or even hovertravel - IOW hovercraft ferry company may well have done some studies, or hoverwork. links on the links page.

griffon hovercraft maybe?

just some thoughts!

as for the RNLI - found this on the web, think the smiles say it all really!


as for what the chap looking round at the back is thinking?

caption moment i think - "i am sure whatever 'bump' we just run over was moving!"