Ground effect vehicle (GEV) – high-speed means of transport that while its motion close to the supporting surface (“ground”) uses the effect of abrupt increase of lift-to-drag ratio of its lifting surfaces (“ground effect”).
We would like to introduce investors to the best in small class Ground- Effect Vehicles (GEV), the "Aqualet". The "Aqualet" has been established as the most successful model of GEV's to date, since the "Ivolga2". The "Ivolga2" was actively used for freight transport and a variety of other purposes. We have applied modifications to many shortcomings that were identified in the "Ivolga2" during operation. We had to design a new GEV with significant changes and enhancement, which could dramatically improve a number of navigation and operational performances.
The "Aqualet" was made by airplane aerodynamic configuration. After sustaining a pilot testing at the Central Aerodynamic Institute, it proved to possess excellent sea-going, landing and hydrodynamic characteristics. GEV aircrafts possess "composite wings," allowing for quick upward movement and easy recovery from obstacles along the route (i.e.: ships in water, other landscapes). The vehicle is accompanied by two symmetrically buoyant floats, which function as skis for movement on snow and ice.
Horizontal propellers are located in a special "niche" in the upper fuselage, protecting the rotating blades from external interference and without obstruction of air flow. Previously, the GEV "Ivolga2" possessed huge propellers in the front of the cabin and, in inclement weather, proved to be problematic as visibility was significantly reduced when large water droplets appeared on the glass. In addition, there was a large susceptibility for birds getting trapped in the rotating propeller blades.
The virtue of the "Aqualet" is that it utilizes a static air cushion to enable takeoff. The previous "Ivolga2" model operated as air formed at the bottom of the hull, enabling takeoff. Conversely, the air passes through channels inside the machine of the GEV "Aqualet", greatly improving its performance. This allowed us to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the machine, on takeoff and landing, while directly in flight.
We have not included metal in designing the body and wings of the GEV "Aqualet". Instead, we have chosen modern polymeric materials for this generation of composites; they are lightweight, reliable, and possess good insulation. It allows us to create S-shaped wings which are more effective, more economical, and improve transport efficiency by 30-40%. That is another reason why the "Aqualet" is a more desirable model, comprised of the easier and cheaper polymer glass.
As a result, the GEV "Aqualet" requires far less power for takeoff, from any surface, with a much more compact motor and much smaller fuel tank. Now, there will be more space available for passenger seats and accommodation of additional cargo. In addition, the GEV will weigh less. The speed of our GEV model is drastically better than traditional ships and ships with underwater wings, and required much lower fuel consumption.
General layout solution of GEV "AQUALET" and its possible variations are covered by patent of Ukraine № 83820 and patent of Russian Federation № 2337022.