- Posted by Air Rider
- On December 19, 2016
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- air rider, air rider hovercraft, hovercraft, Muskoka, Parry Sound
Congratulations on your brand new Air Rider Hovercraft – there’s nothing like it in the world and you’re in for some of the best experiences of your life! But at Air Rider, we want to make sure our customers not only buy their perfect hovercraft, but that they learn how to safely operate the vehicle and how to get the most fun and use out of it!
The Air Rider Hovercraft is designed for safety and reliability, but it is the responsibility of the operator to ensure the hovercraft is operated within its limits and handled with caution and care. There is truly no other vehicle like the hovercraft, and it’s important to be patient when learning how to fly one.
To help prepare you for your hovercraft, our staff will provide you with a complete demonstration and a comprehensive Operator Manual that covers every aspect of the hovercraft’s functionality.
Your thorough manual will include everything you need to know, like “pre-flight checks,” that need to be performed before hovercraft use each time, a guide to using the hovercraft, a comprehensive breakdown on system parts, what they do, and more.
Your pre-flight checks are vital to successful hovercraft operation. Think of your hovercraft as an aircraft rather than just an all-terrain vessel – every time you use it, your hovercraft must be examined for necessary service, that the air intake is clear, leakage, electrical issues, a complete visual check of the skirt etc. That pre-check routine you habit will help you to care for, and enjoy, your Air Rider hovercraft for years to come.
With training and your operator manual, you’ll also receive helpful tips that will make all the difference in operation, for example:
- That Air Rider recommends your first flights be on water, as it is flat and most forgiving.
- As a new operator, it will take some practice to get used to having the steering at the rear of the hovercraft – you are not steering the same as you do in a car.
- It’s important to remember that you always have to add thrust in order to steer.
- Learn how to steer smoothly into corners.
- Always look and plan ahead when operating. Continually scan for potential problems in front of you such as obstructions and changes in terrain. You can then be ready to take action long before you absolutely have to.
- Give yourself room to stop. One very important item you must avoid is reducing lift power when your hovercraft is travelling sideways. You will want to avoid a skirt or hull catch on the surface water during this time as it could cause the craft to overturn. Before reducing lift to stop, make sure the hovercraft is facing the direction of travel.
Our manuals provide this and much more critical information that will help to make your experience operating your hovercraft exhilarating, unforgettable and safe.
We at Air Rider Hovercraft are also always available to help you learn to fly! Beyond your training and introduction to your new hovercraft, we are happy to provide our services in advising you on any special tips we have that will personally help you get comfortable with your new vehicle.
The Air Rider Hovercraft is truly an exceptional method of transportation that promises to take you places all over Canada you could never have gone to before.
For more information about Air Rider Hovercraft and what we can do for you, contact us today!