The brand new 12000TD hovered for the first time last week and has been moved out of the engineering shed to undergo sea trials. The craft is the first of two 12000TD's for Hovertravel, which will operate on the Southsea to Ryde route.
"The first hover for any hovercraft is a highly significant goal and everyone at Hovertravel and Griffon Hoverwork was delighted to be able to reach this major milestone in the build project", explained Loretta Lale, Hovertravel's Commercial and Marketing Manager, "The next stage for the craft to undergo performance testing on the water."
With the project timings all on schedule, this first craft will now be subject to rigorous scrutiny from both the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Lloyds Register. Following their approval and the provision of a Permit to Operate and Trials Exemption Certificate, the craft can then be tested on the water.
The hovercraft will undergo a comprehensive trials and testing process, measuring the performance of the craft on the water to ensure it meets with Griffon Hoverwork's manufacturing and design parameters.