FAQ

What does the acronym ATASD mean?

Amphibious Trimaran with Aero Static Discharge. Aerostatic discharge is the term for a layer of air pressurized to 750 – 1,080 Pa that serves the gap between ATASD’s inflatable floats and the terrain to reduce friction. The effect of the air cushion is visible on a level surface where ATASD hovers up to 4 cm (~1½”) above the ground.

What is Trimaran?

A trimaran is a multi-hull structure, similar to the pontoon boat with three  floats for advanced buoyancy, stability and heavy loads support on the water.

What is ATASD used for?

ATASD is initially designed for safe operation in severe conditions with the heavy payload requirements typical of Search & Rescue operations. ATASD’s unique capabilities are recognized by the world’s hovercraft industry leading experts. References available upon request.

Where can ATASD go?

ATASD can operate over a wide variety of ground and water surfaces and safely access areas that are out of reach of conventional watercraft and vehicles. ATASD can operate in calm or swift water of any depth, in a waves up to 2m (6.5 ft), including flooded environments full of debris and underwater obstacles.

In addition, ATASD can travel over  sandbars, mudflats, muskeg, snow and ice – as well as short distances on paved surfaces. ATASD is not designed to operate in steep terrain or where there are obstructions such as rocks and trees.

How many people can ATASD carry?

ATASD can comfortable accommodate 7 people including the operator. In an emergency situation, ATASD can carry as many as 12 people.

Can ATASD carry cargo?

Yes, ATASD is designed to carry a wide range of cargo, rescue and emergency equipment including all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.

Can ATASD accommodate stretchers?

Yes, ATASD can accommodate two SKED stretcher systems measuring 244 cm x 91 cm (8 ft x 3 ft).

How fast can ATASD go?

During trials with 3-5 crew, ATASD reached speeds of 90 km/h on calm water and 120 km/h on ice. It is not an absolute speed limits of ATASD but  recommended that these speeds are not exceeded in regular operation. ATASD’s speed over ground varies depending on the grade and type of surface.

What is an operational range of ATASD?

Approximately 240-250 km. Standard fuel tank capacity is 80 liters.  ATASD fuel consumption depending of the payload and weather conditions is 18-22 liters per hour at the cruise speed of 60-65 km/h.  

Does ATASD negatively affect the environment?

Because ATASD has no underwater mechanical systems it does not disturb the water column, pollute or create a wake. Over ground surfaces the craft is supported by a cushion of air, ensuring negligible impacts to sensitive environments. ATASD is one of the most environmentally friendly craft in the world.

Is ATASD easy to operate?

Yes, the control station is set up very much like a car with a steering wheel and familiar instruments. The controls that are unique to ATASD are few; a throttle lever for the engine, longitudinal trim control and pontoon air pressure pump. ATASD training is provided at the factory or on-site by arrangement with a Transport Canada certified air cushion vehicle operator.

Do you need a license to operate ATASD?

ATASD is legally recognized as an inflatable boat in Canada. Current Canadian regulations require the ATASD operator to hold a Pleasure Craft Operators Card and meet the safety equipment regulations for a 6.5m long vessel.

Does ATASD require special insurance?

No. ATASD is certified as an inflatable boat by Transport Canada and hull and/or liability insurance coverage is completely optional. All Canadian watercraft being operated commercially (for reward) as passenger, cargo or passenger/cargo watercraft require liability insurance coverage.

What is the hourly operating cost of ATASD?

Based on hovercraft of equivalent design and construction, ATASD’s lifespan is estimated at 6,000-7,000 operational hours,  ATASD costs approximately $40-45 per hour to operate.

Do you supply a trailer to transport ATASD?

No, it is more economical to have a trailer manufactured where the ATASD will be stationed. The recommended trailer dimensions are provided to every ATASD owner.

Where is ATASD manufactured?

ATASD is manufactured in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Shipping can be arranged globally and quotations are available on request.

What is the ATASD warranty?

12 months from the date of delivery or 200 working hours (whichever occurs first). Extended warranty packages may be available on request.

What skills are required to maintain ATASD?

ATASD is designed for users with solid technical and mechanical skills. ATASD is designed and manufactured as a modular system, so regular maintenance, repairs and upgrades can be made without having to return the craft to the manufacturer or agent. If necessary, factory support is available by phone or email.

Where can spare parts for ATASD be sourced?

A technical manual and parts list is provided. The majority of the parts used in ATASD are standard industrial components that can be ordered from local industrial suppliers. Parts unique to ATASD are available from the manufacturer or agent.

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