Air Rider Hovercraft Training
Training covers all aspects of Air Rider operation including trip planning, pre-flight inspections, proper cockpit loading, planning for departure, variable pitch propeller, getting over hump, sliding turns, plowing, emergency stopping, clearing the skirt, in-flight trimming, high speed operation, high speed emergency maneuvering, unloading and loading on trailer.
Depending on the skill level of the pilot and their goals, training can be set for one day 4 -8 hours or up to 5 days and 40 hours of training. Advanced pilots may choose to more training hours in separate consecutive or non-consecutive sessions.
Cold weather and winter training is available. Arrangements can be made to operate in any condition the hovercraft is capable of. Above freezing, below freezing on ice, water and snow.
Maintenance training is also available. Basic training includes inspecting fundamentals, checking fluids, drive systems, propellers, fans, bearings, skirt maintenance and controls maintenance.
Advanced training includes the above and propeller / fan repair and balancing, changing alignments, adjusting belt tensions, major skirt repair, skirt replacement and epoxy / fiberglass technique.