SOME OF THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE CANAIR SERIES OF HOVERCRAFT

  • FOLDING SIDE STRUCTURE: This permits the Canair’s normal operational width of 7 ft. 2in. to be simply and quickly reduced to 4 ft. for ease of towing and storage.
  • SIDE STRUCTURE STORAGE: By not using the side structures as the air duct supplying the cushion, allows them to be used as storage compartments.
  • SUPERIOR CONTROL: Not only is the Canair’s aerodynamic controls superior to other small hovercraft, but this craft can stop while on full cushion and reverse under full control by the simple use of its rudders.
  • EFFECTIVE PITCH TRIM CONTROL: Simple movement of the seat allows the pitch trim attitude of the Canair to be adjusted at any time while maintaining full control.
  • LOOP AND SEGMENT SKIRT: This provides a smooth ride, is less susceptible to skirt damage, keeps the skirt maintenance costs to a minimum and does not damage the terrain over which the craft operates.
  • HYDRODYNAMICALLY DESIGNED HULL: Provides for a very seaworthy craft that can make emergency stops at speed irrespective of craft angle of yaw, while maintaining excellent stability.

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:

EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS [not hovering]:

Canair 300 (2 seat craft)
Canair 500/2 (4 seat craft)
Length:
12 ft. 7 in. (3.84m)
16 ft. 4 in. (4.98m)
Width:
7 ft. 2 in. (2.18m)
7 ft. 2 in. (2.18m)
Height:
3 ft. 8 in. (1.12m)
3 ft. 8 in. (1.12m)
Width (side folded up):
4 ft. (1.22m)
4 ft. (1.22m)
WEIGHTS:
Craft Empty - no fuel
400 lbs. (182 kg)
520 lbs. (237 kg)
Payload - normal over water [Depends on engine power] between
400/600 lbs. (182/273 kg)
650/800 lbs. (295/364 kg)

PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS:

OBSTACLE CLEARANCE: [Low speed]
Canair 300 (2 seat craft)
Canair 500/2 (4 seat craft)
Solid - rocks, logs etc.
8 in. (200mm)
8 in. (200mm)
Waves - 12 to 16 ft. long
14 in. (350mm)
14 in. (350mm)
MAXIMUM SPEED : [Normal payload for range of engines and calm conditions]
Over - Water [Deep or shallow]
22/28 mph (35/45 kph)
25/30 mph (40/48 kph)
Land - [Hard flat surface]
30/35 mph (48/56 kph)
32/40 mph (51/64 kph)
Ice [Smooth and flat]
34/40 mph (55/64 kph)
38/45 mph (61/72 kph)
Snow [Flat light powder]
24/30 mph (38/48 kph)
28/34 mph (45/55 kph)
CLIMBING ABILITY: [Very dependent on engine power and payload]
Hard smooth surface - [From standing start]
5/5.7 degrees
4.9/5.2 degrees
Hard smooth surface - [Approaching incline at 15 mph ]
20 degrees [for 30 ft.] (9.1 m)
15 degrees [for 30 ft.] (9.1 m)

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [Very dependent on engine used]

[Based on U.S. Gallons per hour (gph)]

Cruise speed
2.0 gph minimum (7.57 liters)
2.0 gph minimum (7.57 liters)
Top Speed
4.5 gph maximum (17.0 liters)
4.5 gph maximum (17.0 liters)
NOISE LEVEL: [Very dependent on engine, exhaust & intake muffler used]
Based on 75 ft. (23 m) radius - Between 82/95 DbA
Based on 75 ft. (23 m) radius - Between 82/95 DbA

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