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|글쓴이: EzDoum 글쓴날: 2002년 07월 14일 오전 03:38
잼있는 탈것이 있어서 소개를 합니다.^^
에어보드라고 1인용 호버크래프트인데,
영화속에서나 볼만한 것인데, 실제로 제품화를해서
판매를 한다는 군요..
첨부 화일은 에어보드 사진이고
좀더 호기심은 생기는 분은 아래의 링크로 좀더
정보를 캐보시기 바랍니다.
제가 국제 비즈니스를 기획한다면,,
이 제품을 국내에서 한번 팔아보고 싶다는 생각이 드네요
소위 돈많은 사람들한테 팔아보고 싶군요!!
ps.3 제조사 홈페이지에서 퍼온 faq
/ How does the Airboard work?
/ How safe is the Airboard?
/ Who invented the Airboard?
/ Where and How is the Airboard made?
/ How fast can the Airboard go and how do you stop?
/ How is the Airboard controlled?
/ What kind of fuel does the Airboard use and how long will a tank last?
/ How old must you be to ride an Airboard?
/ Where can you ride an Airboard?
/ Is the Airboard patented?
/ How big is an Airboard and how much does it weigh?
/ How many people can the Airboard carry?
/ Is the Airboard easy to maintain?
/ Does the Airboard go on water?
/ What colours does the Airboard come in?
/ Do you need lessons to learn how to ride?
/ Do you need a licence to ride an Airboard?
/ What tricks can I do on an Airboard?
/ How does the Airboard differ from a Hovercraft?
/ What must I wear when I am riding an Airboard?
/ What must spectators do when watching an Airboard?
1/ How does the Airboard work?
The exciting and new Airboard uses Hovercraft air cushion principles to glide just above the ground. The air cushion is generated from a purpose designed engine and fan which are suspended below the Airboard shell. In addition to providing an air cushion for the Airboard to ride on the fan also provides a fast stream of air exiting from the rear of the craft to provide forward thrust - just like a hovercraft. To help provide better acceleration the Airboard also includes a unique friction drive wheel at the rear. When the rider wishes to accelerate forward, weight transfer is used to bring the friction drive into contact with the ground. By engaging the friction drive clutch the Airboard can be accelerated forward without losing the feel of hovering above the ground. The control of the Airboard is provided by weight transfer of the rider, similar to surfboards, skate boards and snow boards. In operation the Airboard can be started, stopped and steered in a controlled manner and this means that riders can perform stunts, trick manoeuvrers and race around tight tracks against each other. In this unique way the Airboard is the first ever vehicle to deliver the advantages of hovercraft vehicle without the disadvantages of poor acceleration and handling.
2/ How safe is the Airboard?
When the Airboard is used in strict accordance with the manufacturers recommendations it is very safe to use and ride. The recommended practices are detailed fully in the Operations and Maintenance Manual, which is delivered with each Airboard. These recommendations include the following; · The Airboard must be used on Private Property The Airboard must be used on level ground which is free from loose material such as sand, stones, sticks, leaves, refuse etc. The Airboard must be used on open ground free of obstacles, which pose a collision risk, such as trees, walls, kerbs etc. The Airboard rider must wear protective clothing, helmet and eye protection. Spectators must stay a safe distance from operating Airboards The AirboardÕs centre of gravity is so low it is virtually impossible to tip over and in addition the Airboard handlebars provide a positive hold point for the rider. The handle includes levers that control the engine speed and the friction drive clutch. Both of these levers are spring return to neutral so that the Airboard will automatically stop when the rider lets go of the handlebars. The handle also includes a engine stop switch ( kill switch ) for extra safety. As with any moving craft or device, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be used such as helmet, safe fully enclosed shoes, long sleeve shirts or tops and safety eye protection.
3/ Who invented the Airboard?
The Airboard was invented by Kevin Inkster who is Chairman and chief ideas man at Arbortech Pty Ltd, an innovative Australian R & D and product Development Company. After the original concepts were developed our team of development engineers spent over two years perfecting the design to give the right blend of performance and excitement. Arbortech Pty Ltd has a stable of innovative technologies and products that can be seen on their own web site www.arbortech.com.au. Visit us now to see the company behind the company Airboard!!
4/ Where and how is the Airboard made?
The Airboard is made in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Perth sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean on the western coast of Australia. Perth is over 4000 kms ( 2490 miles ) from Sydney where the Olympic games were held in September, 2000. The Airboard is made in a purpose built manufacturing plant where each of the specially designed components are prepared and assembled by hand. Each and every Airboard is individually tested so that we know it is operating correctly.
5/ How fast will the Airboard go and how do you stop?
Because the Airboard is used on flat ground your speed is limited by the wind resistance that the rider and board present compared to the combined air and friction wheel thrust. In addition different riding surfaces have different resistance factors ( for example grass compared to concrete ). For an average rider in still conditions (ie no wind ) riding on smooth surfaces the Airboard speed is limited to approx 25 kms/ hour ( 15 mph ). Where there is a slight wind the Airboard speed upwind will be slower and downwind will be faster. It is virtually impossible for the Airboard to travel faster than 30 km/ hour ( 18 mph ) which is a similar speed to some electric stand on scooters. The speeds at which the Airboard travels at is a safe speed however Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE ) must still be worn in case you were to ever fall off the board when attempting fast cornering or trick manoeuvres. Stopping the Airboard is easy - just release the levers on the handle bar and it will quickly slide to a halt. From top speed it will usually take just a few meters ( yards ) to stop in a straight line however skilled riders prefer to stop faster in a sliding turn - just like in snow skiing and snow boarding.
6/ How is the Airboard Controlled?
The Airboard handle bars include two control levers - one for the engine/fan speed and the second for the friction drive clutch. In addition to using these two levers, the Airboard rider uses weight transfer to steer the board to the left or right - just like a skateboard or snowboard. By using differing degrees of weight transfer the Airboard can be made to respond in different ways - sharp or slow turns, fast 360 degree turns and sliding turns are all possible. As the riders skills increase so does the range of exciting manoeuvrers that can be performed.
7/ What kind of fuel does the Airboard use and how long will on tank last?
The Airboard uses standard grade petrol ( Octane rating 85 ) and holds approximately 5 litres ( 1.3 US gallons ) which should last around one hour of normal riding.
8/ How old must you be to ride and Airboard?
Because the Airboard is so easy to ride almost anybody can ride in simple traverse style. As each rider gains experience Freestyle and Race style skills will be learnt. The Airboard should only be ridden by people aged 14 and above since they have sufficient weight to transfer and steer the machine and also the basic understanding of how to use and maintain powered sports equipment. Riders also need to be at least 1.3 meters ( 5 feet tall ) so that they can comfortably reach and use the control levers.
9/ Where can you ride the Airboard?
The Airboard should be ridden on level ground and private property for maximum safety of both rider and spectators. Suitable surfaces for the Airboard include grass, concrete, asphalt or packed dense materials such as salt pans. It is essential that the surface is not loose or littered with material that could be lifted by the airstream of the Airboard. In addition the surface must be able to withstand the combined Airboard and rider weight in the stationary ( non operating ) condition. The Airboard should NEVER be used on water or surfaces which are unable to support the rider and machine. In some areas, groups of riders may choose to approach their local Town regulators to set aside an area suitable for Airboard use. Unused car parks, grassed open areas and old golf courses could all be used for Airboards. Where an Airboard can be used is limited only by your imagination and your local regulations and ordinances.
10/ Is the Airboard patented?
Arbortech have protected the Airboard with both Patents and Design Registrations which will help us to continue funding research and development into more fun products. Without using our patented Intellectual Property cheap imitations of our products will not be able to perform the speed and control manoeuvrers that make the Airboard so much fun to ride. In addition the Airboard name is Trademarked so that when you see a product labelled Airboard you will have confidence that it is an original product.
11/ How big is an Airboard and how much does it weigh?
The Airboard is about 1.6 meters (5 feet 3 inches ) in diameter and weighs just under 85 Kgs. The rider platform on the Airboard is only 300 mm ( 12 inches ) from the ground which makes the Airboard so safe and easy to use.
12/ How many people can the Airboard carry?
The Airboard is not recommended to carry more than one person since its performance and speed may be less than optimal with the extra weight. In addition an extra person can make the control and steering more difficult than with a single rider.
13/ Is the Airboard easy to maintain?
When you purchase an Airboard you also get a comprehensive maintenance manual and tool kit containing essential tools for maintaining the board. The largest component of the Airboard is the engine which needs periodic servicing by an authorised service agent. Fortunately the Airboard engine is made by one of the worlds biggest manufacturers and there are many thousands of service centres around the world. Finding a service agent near your home will not be difficult. Apart from the engine there are only a few small parts that need periodic replacement. We call these components Ôconsumable partsÕ and these are available from us for a very modest sum. Very soon these components will be available on the web site and you will be able to purchase these using our shopping basket system and your credit cards. This means the parts will be delivered direct to you saving both time and money along the way.
14/ Does the Airboard go on water?
No! The Airboard is not designed to be used on water. It can be used on wet or soft surfaces provided they can support the total weight of board and rider. For more information on where the Airboard can be used please see the answer to question 9.
15/ What colours does the Airboard come in?
The Airboard comes in Silver, Black and Blue as standard colours. For larger quantities ( eg Corporate promotions ) a wider range of colours are available and corporate logos can be applied during manufacture. What a great way to entertain your staff and clients at your next retreat ! If required the Airboard can be supplied with special purpose flag poles and corporate flags that will really impress your clients and visitors.
16/ Do you need lessons to learn how to ride?
You do not require formal training before riding the Airboard other than carefully reading and following the instructions provided. Most people can learn to ride competently within half an hour of use. Best of all, the Airboard is suitable for those people who may have difficulty with sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding. The Airboard provides a new experience and sensation at a much higher level of safety than alternatives. Make sure you master the basic control skills before attempting more adventurous riding or trick manoeuvres.
17/ Do you need a licence to ride an Airboard?
Because the Airboard should only be ridden on private property there is no need for the craft or rider to be licensed in any way. See also comments to question 9.
18/ What tricks can I do on an Airboard?
Once the basic control skills are mastered the number of tricks you can perform is limited by your own imagination. Many manoeuvrers are possible some of which are, 360 degree spins, sliding stops and turns, zig zag movements, obstacle negotiation etc. It is fun to set up some witches hats to define a track to follow. Race a friend on their Airboard or simply do time trials to improve your speed and handling skills. DonÕt be afraid to use the Airboard on wet surfaces as new tricks and handling skills can be learnt. Riding through shallow puddles can be a real buzz!
19/ How does the Airboard differ from a Hovercraft?
The Airboard differs from hovercraft in that it has a drive wheel able to be selectively employed for acceleration and directional control. The Airboard also has friction devices that can be used for steering and stopping. Using these features in combination is part of the thrill and pleasure of riding the Airboard
20/ What must I wear when I am riding an Airboard?
You must wear head protection, eye and ear protection, and footwear with friction soles. It is also strongly advised that you wear a long sleeved shirt and long trousers in case you should fall off your Airboard.
21/ What must spectators do when watching an Airboard?
Spectators should stand well away from an operating Airboard. They are strongly advised to wear eye protection in case of flying dust and grit from the Airboard. Normal safety standard should be applied when operating moveable machinery in proximity to spectators.
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