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The Sea Eagle bridges the gap between maritime and air transportation. Classified as a Class B WIG Craft Class B(Wing-in-Ground Effect Craft) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Sea Eagle is basically a hybrid between a boat and an airplane, combining the benefits of both worlds while eliminating most of their disadvantages. We are one of the primary WIG manufacturers in the world that has achieve Class B Wing in Ground Effect status. Our Sea Eagle can withstand inter sea travel, and can do dynamic jump up to 50 meter above the sea.

Sea Skimming Wing-in-Ground effect crafts skim very low over the water, typically at a height of 10 to 50% of their wing span. Due to the pressure increase under the wing at these low altitudes, the lift generated is up to 80 % greater than when the wings are out of ground effect, and the aerodynamic drag is almost eliminated. This double effect makes Sea Skimming crafts extremely efficient vehicles, requiring significantly less fuel than an aircraft needs to cover the same area, with the same payload.

Ground effect as a theoretical category is an asymptotic value which decreases with increase of altitude. Theoretically it reduces to zero at very high altitudes. For practical reasons, the IMO has determined that a craft is considered to be in ground effect when its altitude is equivalent to 50 % of the average of its wing chord.
 

* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduces the cost of licensing of the craft.
* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduces the cost of the hull, using marine, instead of aircraft.
* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduces the ownership, by achieving direct operating costs  40% of a similar seaplane.
* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduces the infrastructure cost compared to the airport tax that planes has to pay.
* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduce the fuel cost by up to 75%, because of its fuel efficiency while it is in ground effect.
* Sea Skimming WIG craft reduces the maintenance cost as the craft is made of composite fiber, and is corrosion free.

Passenger Transport

      -Inter Island

With global community spreading further and further from the cities and onto the islands and archipelagoes, the need for fast, efficient and reliable transport has never been greater and is going to increase as time goes on. Conventional transport is either slow or expensive in our fast moving world. Sea Eagle offers an alternative that needs no infrastructure beyond a smooth beach or jetty. Also in developing countries where inter island travel and trade was difficult or impossible before, Sea Eagle offers an alternative that opens many more possibilities for trade and transport.

     -International

As the uses and acceptance of Sea Skimming Machines grows, so also will the size of craft available to the market. One of the beauties of Sea Skimmers is that the larger the craft is the more efficient it becomes, so it is realistic to envisage that the future will see Sea Skimmers many times bigger than aircraft to fill the niche between slow ships and expensive planes. Already craft have been built for military applications of over 500 tons.

      -Water Taxi

The need for faster commuter transport around populated harbors has never been greater and growing. If we consider that nearly all major cities of the world are located on waterways, the market for water based transit is enormous.

Cargo Transport

     -Fresh Produce

     -Seafood

     -General Perishables

     -High value Exports

As Sea Skimming craft fill a niche between ships and aircraft, they will be able to better serve the needs of the consumers that have for too long not been able to trade to maximum effectiveness. If we consider the areas mentioned above, in particular the seafood and fresh produce, these would still be able to get to market in prime condition but a fraction of the cost making trade much more even and accessible to these primary producers.

Military Applications

     -Ship Launch Facilities

     -Fast Landing Craft

     -Fast supply Craft

     -Low Radar Signature

     -Low Infrared Signature

     -Difficult to Detect on Satellite

     -Fast Troop deployment

     -Ability to Operate From Land or Sea

There is almost no need to discuss the obvious military advantages of Sea Skimming craft. With the almost stealth characteristics and low flying stability, insertion and retrieval of personnel being deployed on home shores with the ability to be at a hot spot anywhere in the world, fully equipped within 24 hours, has incredible cost saving potential to any Military power. With Sea Skimmers not needing any major infrastructure as long as there is a beach or port, personnel and equipment can be inserted with ease.

 



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