The French hovercraft SEDAM N 102 was put though its paces in Abidjan on Monday (7 December) for the benefit of the Ivorian Minster of Public Works and Transport, Mr.
The French hovercraft SEDAM N 102 was put though its paces in Abidjan on Monday (7 December) for the benefit of the Ivorian Minster of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Grah Kadji.
Abidjan is particularly suited for hovercraft because of its many lagoons. The use of hovercraft could revolutionise the transport network of the area, and the Minster saw the hovercraft travel form the city centre to an aircraft parking bay at the airport, normally a time-consuming winding journey around the lagoons. The flight cut the journey from half an hour to ten minutes.
The designer of the hovercraft and the chef test pilot were present at the demonstration, and emphasised the great contribution the hovercraft could make to the area, in both the public and military fields.
The hovercraft, which is the latest model of its series, has a maximum speed of 75 mph (100 kilometres). It carries up to 13 passengers and travels over the ground surface, land or water, at a height up to 5 feet (1.50 metres).
The Ivorian government may by specially attracted by the 'craft, said M. Buhan, the French designer, in connection with a plan to connect Abidjan with the San Pedro bridge. The performance of the small N 102 is an indication of the potential of the much larger N 500, which travels at a maximum speed of 95 mph (150 kilometres) and can carry 250 passengers.