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hovercraft click to hear : hovercraft

Propeller vehicle that moves above water (or land) by gliding on a cushion of air it creates by blowing downward.
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dynamics propeller blade lift fan passenger cabin belt drive navigation light air intake radar lift-fan air inlet bow door control deck diesel lift engine skirt finger flexible skirt life raft baggage racks diesel propulsion engine drive shaft rudder propeller duct

dynamics propeller click to hear : dynamics propeller

Device that is made up of blades integrated with a shaft; it pushes air behind the hovercraft thus causing a forward movement.

blade lift fan click to hear : blade lift fan

Device blowing air downward under the hovercraft to keep it levitated.

passenger cabin click to hear : passenger cabin

Compartment where the passengers sit during the trip.

belt drive click to hear : belt drive

Flexible link transmitting the engine’s rotational movement to the propellers.

air intake click to hear : air intake

Intake opening for the fan.

radar click to hear : radar

Detection device that emits radio waves and receives their echo; it is used to avoid collisions and to navigate when visibility is reduced.

lift-fan air inlet click to hear : lift-fan air inlet

Duct through which air enters, which is then blown downward under the hovercraft by the blade lift fan.

bow door click to hear : bow door

Door for passengers to enter and exit the cabin.

control deck click to hear : control deck

Compartment from which the pilots operate the hovercraft.

diesel lift engine click to hear : diesel lift engine

Power source using the combustion of an air/fuel mixture to drive the blade lift fan.

skirt finger click to hear : skirt finger

Flexible and pliable extension to the skirt that adapts to the surface of the water.

flexible skirt click to hear : flexible skirt

Rubber flexible side that surrounds the edge of the hull to trap the air blown down by the lift fan; this increases pressure, which in turn causes lift.

life raft click to hear : life raft

Inflatable boat that transports passengers and crew in case of emergency.

baggage racks click to hear : baggage racks

Compartment for storing luggage.

diesel propulsion engine click to hear : diesel propulsion engine

Power source using the combustion of an air/fuel mixture to drive the propellers.

drive shaft click to hear : drive shaft

Part transmitting the engine’s rotational movement to the propellers.

rudder click to hear : rudder

Pivoting part behind the propeller blast for steering the hovercraft.

propeller duct click to hear : propeller duct

Metal part that surrounds the propeller and increases its power by concentrating its air intake.