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If a hovercraft floats on a cushion of air, does it make it an aircraft?

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If a hovercraft floats on a cushion of air, does it make it an aircraft?

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Old 10-02-2017, 10:30 AM
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Old 10-04-2017, 01:44 PM
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:42 PM
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Nope. It makes it a ground effect vehicle. And, on full size, it is a type of boat.


Bernoulli's principle, while lifting them up, also causes them to stick to the surface as well.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:58 PM
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Actually, the first full scale hovercraft was built by an aircraft company, Saunders-Roe, I believe. And it had aero engines. When it first came out, there was some technical/legal confusion as to whether to classify it as an aircraft or a boat. The (british) navy said it was an aircraft and the air force said it was a boat.

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:14 AM
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Or could it be classified as a Helicopter? a hovercraft is a hovercraft it neither boat or airplane.
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Get ahold of the FAA, and ask them... surely not, not as much as an Aircraft as an Airboat!
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A hovercraft is not an aircraft because it doesn't leave the ground. The skirt still touches the ground, otherwise the bubble of pressurized air would escape and the hovercraft would not hover anymore.
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LOL.........That means the man that gave the craft the name was a genius!.....
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