he Wildfire is designed to meet the requirements of extremely diverse climates delivered in a compact amphibious hovercraft. Utilising leading edge technology the craft incorporates the latest commercially available materials enabling unsurpassed performance in the harshest conditions, while ensuring maintenance can be performed by the vehicles owner.
Large gull-wing doors provide full access for large and difficult loads whilst ensuring comfort and protection from the elements for passengers when closed. The WildFire can be adapted to operate with doors removed for extreme loads or doors closed for total comfort.
The WildFire is easily transported on a road-legal 2.5m wide flat-top trailer, a simple tilting deck arrangement makes launching and recovery manageable by 1 person. The Wildfire provides full comfort for its passengers in a wide variety of climatic conditions ranging from the hottest tropics to the extreme cold of the polar arctic regions.
Options such as the In-Flight-Adjustable (IFA) propeller provide increased performance, improved economy and reverse capability. Other options such as engine up-grades, custom seating, air-conditioning and heating are all possible with the versatile WildFire.
|Dimensions||When Hovering||Transporting Dimensions|
|Length||7.08 m||6.56 m|
|Width||2.73 m||2.41 m|
|Height||2.23 m||1.95 m|
|Transport Mode||By road trailer with tilting flat deck. By sea, 2 units fit into a 40ftHQ container.|
|Cushion height||377 mm @ front, 315mm @ rear|
|Wave height clearance||0.75 m at a pitch of 10 metres or more|
|Normal operating speed||40 to 60 km/hr (22 to 30 kts)|
|Hump speed time||Lightweight in 3 – 5 seconds. Heavyweight in 5 – 8 seconds|
|Accommodation||Fully enclosed and air-conditioned with comfortable seating for 1 crew plus 5 to 7 passengers (configuration dependant).|
|Payload (normal water-start)||700 kg. (900kg with reduced performance)|
|Empty weight||1100 kg approx.|
|Engine (s)||Standard – Subaru® EJ25. 135kW (180hp).Optional – Subaru® EJ25 Turbocharged. 155kW (208hp)|
|Fuel||SGasoline 91 or better|
|Endurance||Loiter = up to 8 hours Cruise = 5 to 6 hours|
|Skirt Options||Pressurised tapered bag with detachable fingers.|
|Skirt type||Standard skirt is fixed directly to the hull. Optional skirt has a PU Foam collar extended around the hull perimeter adding 21% lift area and providing a strong fender.|
|Lift System||Coaxial two stage fan system with hydraulic motor drive.|
|Thrust system||Standard – Adjustable pitch 5-blade propeller. Forward thrust only.Optional – An in-flight adjustable (IFA) and reversing 5-blade propeller which provides both forward and reverse thrust.|
|Longitudinal pitch control||Dynamic pitch control by elevators. Static pitch control by moving the fuel between the front and rear fuel tanks.|
|Instrumentation & Displays||Instrumentation by combination of analogue type displays and flat screen displays.|
|Controls||Dynamic pitch control by elevators. All controls ‘Fly-by-Wire’ with programmable logic, programmable displays, warnings and safety interlocks.|
|Navigation & Communications||Standard – GPS Speedometer and Course Over Ground, VHF transceiver and matching antenna, 50mm magnetic compass. Optional – GPS integrated chart plotter, Digital Radar, Night Vision system|