|| This page is dedicated to the original
and craft's of Air Rider
Hovercraft. All Credit goes to them , the Popular Mechanics Magazine
Pawlak for scanning all pages and sending to us.
Booster, Hunter and Wildcat Hovercraft
Designed and build by Konig Maschinenbau GmbH, of Asslar, Germany
All images and text are out of these scans and therefore sometimes a bit unaligned. We cut unrelevant parts and concentrated on the technical aspect. Have fun and enjoy a great Hovercraft design.
Original Script PM 1992
..... In an Air Rider, you turn the yoke and the craft turn's. It's not a hard turn, naturally, but its a turn nevertheless. This is because Air Riders are heavier than stripped down sleds and more responsive, thanks to the bigger more powerful engine.
Body English is also required in
getting a sled - type craft over the
hump, which is a term hovercrafter's use to describe a wall of water
occurs during a water borne start.
Finally, perhaps the most annoying
problem with open sled's is the wet ride.
A fine mist works it's way from beneath the skirt and spray's a constant shower onto the driver's face. Air Rider provides a welcome relief with an enclosed cockpit canopy. ( well it is a bit colder in Germany than in South Texas - assume as such you try to enclose yourself ...lol)
Today ( this was anno 1992), the Air Rider fleet consists of three models.
The "Booster", the "Hunter" and the top-of-the line "Wildcat". We were ( better said they so nobody gets me wrong on this statement) able to test ride the "Booster" and "Hunter", but the wildcat is just emerging from the prototype phase and is still at the Koenig plant in Germany.
The lightweight "Booster is Air Rider's one Person sport craft, but at US $ 21.000,- it's hardly an entry level machine. (anno 1992)
It's 12' 2" long and 6' 1" wide and weighs 418 lb.
Height to the top of the unique stabilizer fin, which helps the wind-sensetive craft maintain tracking is 5' 9" ( same as the Hunter) Fuel capacity is 7 gal. for a range of 60 - 70 miles.
Both the "Booster" and the "Hunter" use a 54 horse Gobler Hirth 2 cycle engine.
The 9 bladed composite prop is made of Kevlar reinforced composite.
Next up the Air Rider line is the sporty 2 person "Hunter", which is 14' 2" long, 6' 2" wide and weighs 507 lb.
Fuel capacity is 9 gal. for a range of 70 - 80 miles.
Instrumentation for both the "Booster" and the "Hunter" includes a fuel gauge, tach. and engine hour meter.
Also standard are a windshield wiper, nav. lights and an amber strobe light, that serves as a warning to other craft that the hovercraft is subject to wind drift. Price US $ 26.000,-. (anno 1992)