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Published on Dec 17, 2008
«Aquaglide-5» accelerates speed up to 170 km/hour in cruise mode. No other type of high-speed passenger vessels is capable to compete with WIG-craft in this parameter. Transition to flight mode occurs at speed of 90 km/hour approximately. Such a speed is reached within 40-50 sec. while movement over the water and a little bit faster above snow or ice surface. Even at movement in displacement mode at speed up to 90 km/hour «Aquaglide-5» has obvious superiority against conventional passenger vessels due to better acceleration capability and maneuverability. Efficiency of «Aquaglide-5» can be estimated by three basic criteria: achievement of qualitatively new level of transport services granting in regions with the developed transport network; an opportunity for creation of transport networks in areas and geographical zones where application of conventional vehicles is impossible or ineffective; commercial advantage. Low operational costs reached owing to minimum crew and maintenance staff, simple maintenance, applied hull and wings material (which does not demand special maintenance and does not corrode), absence of special demands for operation and maintenance infrastructure ensures high profitability of transport services. The WIG-craft brings the highest commercial advantage at passenger transportations on distances of 30 and more km. Comfortable interior of «Aquaglide-5» is equipped by passenger aircraft-type seats. Convenient allocation, practically all-around view due to the huge glazing area, comfortable entrance and exit through side doors make a trip on «Aquaglide-5» pleasant and unfatiguing. The additional factor improving comfort of passengers is the specific design of WIG-craft providing automatically balance of longitudinal and cross-section stability while maneuvers performance at high speed. At flight with cruise speed in screen mode passengers practically do not feel any vibrations and fluctuations of the hull. At parking on the water passengers of WIG-craft can leave it straight on wings.