Standard every 150 hours. Flex hub every 250 hours
Drive hub - Replace bearings
Standard every 250 hours. Flex hub every 500 hours
Fan Assembly - Check general
Fan hub Assembly un coated
If salt water operation – lube spray after each use
Fan Assembly – Replace (recommended)
Every 500 hours or Five Years
Fan duct - Check condition and
Fan Guard - Check mountings
*Standard belt on flex hub drives replace 200 - 250 hours
Throttle/choke - Check cable
condition and operation
Oil injection cable – Check cable
condition, operation and adjustment
Steering and cable - Check condition
and travel. Replace if worn. Lubricate
Pre flight and every 10 hours
Steering head - Check shaft bearings
and free-play. Replace if worn
Every 20 hours
Elevator cable - Check actuator
Pre flight and every 10 hours
Rudder assembly – Check for bearing
play. Replace pivot bearings if worn. Check upper rudder bar
Pre flight and every 10 hours
Skirt segments – Check for broken
ties. Check for torn or worn out segments
Pre flight and as required
Lower hull and planning panels - Check
for damage. Repair before use
Landing feet - Replace if worn
Which marine spray to use
In a filthy marine environment, we use anti corrosion lubricant sprays to protect exposed metal and aluminum surfaces.
Its purpose is dissipate water and protect such parts from corrosion.
While many products offer some corrosion protection, many need to be reapplied after each wash down because the coating only leaves a thin layer. Many general
lubricant sprays are better designed to assist in removing rusty bolts and will soften rubber and harden PVC parts if constantly applied.
Ideally, the best corrosion protection sprays are those that leave a light greasy, waxy film, which are not petroleum or silicon based.
CRC Marine 66 works very well in high temperatures. It leaves a partly dry film which creates a good
barrier which salt water does not remove.
It will not wash off from a fresh water wash down.
Other products such as CRC Lanosheild and Inox Lanox MX4 leave a thinner, wetter film. Both of these are still good in
resisting salt water spray and will not wash of from a fresh water wash down, however they will
For long term protection, storage, severe conditions, or if if you have no access to wash down facilities for a long period,
products such as CRC Anti-corrosion Heavy Wet Film is ideal. It will go on wet, stay wet for a while, then harden to a light grease consistency.
Products that contain silicon or petroleum chemicals should not be used. Silicon will soften natural and synthetic rubber.
It will harden PVC. Petroleum based sprays are a fire hazard.
Some lubricant sprays will soften rubber parts with continued long term use. This includes rubber fuel lines, rubber radiator hoses,
rubber engine mounts, V Belts, cam timing belts and drive belts. Although all these parts are designed to be fuel,
oil and chemical resistant, they will soften if soaked in certain types of lubricant sprays.
In general, what ever your preferred corrosion protectant, avoid applying to rubber or PVC parts, or for detailing purposes.
A good product to clean your hovercrafts exterior, engine, engine bay and keep rubber/plastic/PVC parts in good order is Chemtech CT18.
This product is biodegradable, pH neutral and non caustic. It also inhibits rust and corrosion. Rubber and plastic parts will look like new.
CT18 will remove dirt, grease, oil film and leave a streak free clean fresh finish. Simple spray 10 parts water to one part CT18 with garden sprayer over the engine.
Allow 15 minutes to soak in. Loosen and remove and heavy build up of grease or dirt with a soft brush or rag.
Rinse off with fresh water (avoid focusing a pressure washer on vital engine parts or electrics).
Repeat to remove any ingrained dirt or grease. Start the engine to remove any excess water from the stator/alternator and belts.
Once the engine has allowed to fully dry, reapply your corrosion protectant spray to critical areas subjected to possible corrosion,
and avoid rubber and PVC parts. If rubber and PVC do become coated, wipe off with the excess with a dry rag.
Torque Values for A2 or A4 Metric Stainless Steel Fasteners
Bolt Dia (mm)
Torque (N-m) Dry
Torque (N-m) Lubricated
Torque (in-lbs) Dry
Torque (in-lbs) Lubricated
Torque Values for Metric Steel Fasteners (Maximum Torque, in foot-pounds, for clean, dry threads)
Bolt Dia (mm)
As part of servicing, it is important to do regular compression checks. This enables you to see how your engine is wearing, when it is due for a
overhaul or find faults.
A new Hirth or Rotax two stroke compression is between 125 - 130 psi, and increases
slightly after the piston rings have bed in to around 130 - 135 psi. The compression should remain the same
for almost half the engine life before slowly declining as the piston ring gap increases.
Piston rings wear naturally wear over time. There is nothing that can be done to stop the wear, but you can
maximize the life of the engine by following simple steps.
Engine temperature :
One of the main contributors to premature piston and piston ring wear is loading the engine before the engine has reached normal operating
If the piston is allowed to warm up quicker than the barrel,
the piston will expand and make contact with the barrel. This will prematurely wear the piston skirt, rings and barrel wall. It is very important not to put the engine under full load until the engine has reached operating temperature.
It is also important not to over heat the engine for the same reason.
Applying full power to a cold engine also wears the crankshaft main, big end and little end bearings. These parts need to be at operating temperature to ensure the
clearances are correct.
Oil and fuel :
The correct oil to fuel ratio, and the correct oil and fuel type is important.
The correct oil is designed for light aircraft and motor bike engines which has a minimum 2T JASO FC rating. This type of
oil is designed to be mixed at 50:1 to ensure it maintains
its lubricating quality's and fuel burn without excessive smoke, ash or carbon build up.
Mixing a ratio of less than 50:1 should only be used when "running in" a new engine with cast iron bores.
Mixing ratios of less than 50:1, e.g. 40:1 will lead to loss of power and excessive carbon build up over a short time.
Mixing higher ratios than 50:1 will reduce the lubricating qualities of the fuel/oil mix which will lead to premature engine wear.
Replace the fuel filter regularly and use quality fuel with a minimum 95
octane. 98 octane is preferred for hotter climates. Do not use 91 octane or ethanol based fuels.
Keep it well serviced :
Ensure that your air cleaner is in good order and adequate to filter out fine dust
Dirty intake air will wear internal engine components quickly and is the most
common cause of premature engine wear.
Keep the engine in good tune. Ensure the air filters are clean and the carburetors are
synchronized. Replace the sparkplugs at regular 100 hour intervals
and replace the sparkplug leads as per engine manufacturer recommendations.
Avoid full power :
One of the most beneficial things you can do to maximize engine life, is avoid constant full power. By maintaining an average engine load of 75% or less, will ensure
the engine lasts as long as the engine manufacturer intended and reduce your fuel consumption
considerably. If applying full power, ensure the engine is at operating
temperature and do so in short bursts or only when required.