Air Cushion Industries
This neat little hovercraft heavily copied the British CC7 in
both design and functionality.
Powered by a 230hp V8 engine which drove
2-centrifugal flow fans mounted at opposite ends of a transverse shaft.
Airflow was ducted beneath the craft for lift and via outlets aft for thrust.
There was also the ability to apply reverse thrust through louvers in the fan
volutes as seen in the photograph below.
The AC800 was delivered to the customer equipped "ready to
run" complete with battery, navigation lights, flasher, headlights, horn
and standard instrumentation, tie-up cleats and fire extinguisher
included. Optionally you could add air conditioning, a heater and radio
equipment. There was also a custom trailer available for easy loading and
The hull was made from reinforced high impact strength fiberglass
with steel motor mounts and frame with aluminum and stainless steel
fittings. Additionally, foam sandwich construction provided 150%
buoyancy. The AC800 was powered by a 230HP water cooled automotive engine
which burned standard gasoline. Control was via a steering wheel which
actuated hydraulic controls.
Length: 19' Width: 11' 6" (deflates to
7'6" for trailering) Height: 5'8" (7'8" when
Empty Wt: 2,000 lb Payload: 800 lb Speed: 35
The address for the head office was:
Air Cushion Industries Limited
77 City Centre Drive
Tel: (416) 270-8780
The manufacturing plant address was:
Air Cushion Industries Ltd.
9 Lime Bank Road
Tel: (613) 521-1647