Titan Prototype

We’ve wanted to build a larger hovercraft for a long time, so we’ve spoken with many hobbyists and sportsmen in the area and come up with a design that we think will be a true “multirole” hovercraft… A hovercraft that can be easily reconfigured for fishing, hunting, hauling gear, commercial work, or simply cruising on the rivers and backwaters up and down the coast. After speaking with lots of local sportsmen, we settled on 3 objectives for this craft:

1. Versatility of a huge, “walk anywhere” open deck that can be easily configured for any application
2. Payload capacity to carry 3-4 people and gear
3. The control and flexibility of a twin engine craft while remaining extremely quiet

Due to its size, we’re calling it the Titan Hovercraft, and we’re very excited to get the prototype running and see what it can do. You can literally walk or mount gear anywhere on the craft, including the spacious passenger cabin or the nose of the craft. The craft is 17 ft long x 7 ft wide (so it’s easily towable), and has a massive 84 square feet of usable floor space. The floor space can be left completely open for utility purposes or fitted with seating for up to four. Coolers and other gear can be strapped down to D rings anywhere on the deck. And the extended windshield/utility frame up front features fishing rod holders and LED light bars.

We’re also excited about having twin engines, giving completely independent control over lift and thrust. Traditionally, this would mean a very noisy craft, but the Titan features a completely enclosed lift engine/fan, and a thrust engine turning a large propeller slowly, which we expect to result in very quiet cruising. Stay tuned for decibel readings soon!

September 4, 2017

We took the Titan out for its shake down flight last weekend on a 12 acre pond. It flew great and proved to be very maneuverable for such a large craft. We’re preparing for a much longer shakedown cruise where we expect to put 50+ miles on the craft at the end of September. We’re also working on drawings for the tooling and jigs necessary to manufacture the Titan commercially. Here’s a short video clip from the shakedown run:

February 24, 2017

There’s been lots of recent progress on the Titan! We finished mounting the lift engine and skirt, and conducted the first hover test. The Titan lifted off smoothly and hovers at only 1540 rpm! Check out a few new pictures and a quick video of the first hover test.

This is the lift engine installed in the lift compartment. The access hatch provides easy access, and the enclosure drastically reduces the noise from the lift engine. We have further plans to add sound deadening material to the inside of the lift compartment.
This is one of the first hover tests. Despite its large size, the Titan is very easy to handle. We’ve attached the thrust engine here, and the only main tasks that remain are to construct the thrust propeller guard and run cables and fuel to the thrust engine.

January 18, 2017

Construction of the first Titan is moving very quickly because we’re using many of Phoenix components that we’ve refined for years. The Titan features our 5th generation belt reduction drive on the thrust engine, using a composite propeller and Gates Poly Chain belt. And the Titan uses 3 of the Phoenix molded rudders.

Stay tuned for construction updates, and if you have questions about the Titan, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Titan Hovercraft

We framed the Titan prototype using a simple flat panel construction technique. The panels are laminated plywood that are very strong when fiberglassed together at the seems. This construction technique is lightweight and very inexpensive, enabling us to quickly mock up and test the design.
A central design feature of the Titan is that passengers be able to walk anywhere. This photo shows the lightweight framing of the lift engine cover, allowing passengers to walk anywhere on the front of the craft, including directly over the lift engine. This opens up a huge (6 ft x 6 ft) area on the front of the craft for fishing, equipment, etc.
This is the assembled craft nearly ready for paint. The bare hull weighs just a couple hundred pounds at this point.
The underside of the craft with a coat of primer. Here you can see the underside of the lift air duct, as well as the landing skids that keep the bottom of the hull off of hard surfaces. In a production version of the craft, the entire bottom hull would be a single molded part laid up with honeycomb core, making it extremely strong and lightweight, and incorporating built-in buoyancy.