The concept

The Wingsurf is a flying wing that uses ground effect to hover above water.

The background

I Imagined the Wingsurf concept while thinking about the recent exploits of Yves Rossy (Jetman) and remembering a story about Ekranoplanes, huge Russian aircraft that could hover for hours over the oceans. This type of aircraft use ‘ground effect’ which allows them to save fuel and / or carry more passengers.

How it works

The pilot can lie on the wing or stand on it, in a ‘surfing’ position and hold on to a handle, attached to the front, which allows him to steer the aircraft. The Wingsurf is powered by four micro turbines like the ones produced by Jetcat USA. They are mounted on pillars besides the pilot to reduce the risk of water intake. Fuel is stored inside the wing structure which could be made of a light, rigid, composite material such as carbon fibre.

Obviously flying near the surface is risky and it has other disadvantages. To propel the vehicle, we incorporated four P200-SX Jetcat turbines each capable of producing 52lb of thrust. The final layout will change depending on the wing profile, turbine performance and the total weight of the aircraft, fuel and pilot.

What it’s used for

The Wingsurf remains a concept, there are several elements that need to be clarified, like the use of a landing gear or whether it will be able to fly at higher altitudes, etc. In any case, I would really like to take the prototype for a test flight over the sea someday!

The designer

I would like to thank Boris Schwarzer who created the renderings for this concept.Boris is based in Michigan, U.S.A. He went to the College of Creative Studies. He also created the images for the Spike commuting car, the Joust personal transporter, and the Urban Link tuk-tuk.