Air Slider FAQ
Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q - Why are there no photo’s
of the Air Slider?
A - The Air Slider is an upgrade to the original
industrial hover pallet developed by ACV Designs. Three of these hover
pallets were built and used to move the Canair series of commercial
hovercraft along their production path at the factory. Back then they
were merely treated as useful tools and no thought was given to take
pictures of them at work.
Q - How do we know that
they really work?
A - This is one of the simplest hovercraft systems
that can be built. The Air Sliders designer has designed and successfully
tested more than 10 hovercraft during the last 38 years, and feels
confident about the Air Sliders improvements, so long as the builder
follows the plan set correctly.
Q - Can there be material
substitutions for the Air Slider?
A - Depends on which part you intend substituting
and with what material. We would recommend that prior to making any
changes, that you contact ACV Designs to seek our opinion. Over the
years, we have seen people make changes to the original designs on
other hovercraft, more often as not, resulting in poor performance.
Some aspects of any design can be crucial, but may not be obvious
to the untrained eye.
Q - How can the Air Slider
be made to carry the heavy loads over grass and rougher terrain?
A - To be honest, we believe this small pallet
is limited to the performance we have specified. To carry the 1500
lbs. or the industrial 2500 lbs. over rougher surface conditions,
a larger pallet fitted with a 15 hp to 20 hp engine driving a centrifugal
fan blower will be required.
Q - How long will the skirt
last before it needs changing?
A - This is a very difficult question to answer
because it depends on the skirt material selected, the abrasive nature
of the surface over which the Air Slider is used and how often and
over what distance it is operated. We can only estimate the following:
Assume a very abrasive resistant skirt material is used and the concrete
floor is painted and extremely smooth. Assume the Air Slider is in
motion for no more than 1 hour per day and operated with a good level
trim (i.e. not dragging one corner on the floor), then the skirt should
last a couple years or so before holes start to appear.