No one would attempt to fly a helicopter without proper flight training, yet many people assume they can pick up hovercraft operation as they have with a car, boat, or jet ski.
Consider what goes into the operation of other vehicles:
The hovercraft pilot operates in the air, requiring new skills and situational awareness. Before each flight, the pilot must:
Only a pilot trained in the fundamentals of aerodynamics is equipped to fly a hovercraft. The rules become secondary to reading and responding to current conditions. The pilot must:
Go over the fallen branch or around it? Is the sandbar safe? What lies around the bend - a spectacular view or an obstacle? How do I fly the hovercraft on ice or snow?
And, each hovercraft flight requires a post-flight inspection. Like other vehicles, hovercraft require routine maintenance, but unlike a car or boat, a hovercraft can’t be taken down to the local repair shop – unless, of course, there’s a Hovercraft Training Center nearby. Each HTC is fully equipped to support and maintain your hovercraft.
It may sound challenging, but the benefits of piloting a hovercraft far outweigh the challenges.
See for yourself – take a Test Flight.