Fischer Flugmechanik (FF) was founded 1979 by Hanno Fischer based of his 30-years job experience as technical director of Rhein-Flugzeugbau GmbH (RFB), to implement his acquired knowledge in research, evolution and manufacturing of civil and military aircrafts, as well as military ground effect vehicles to business application.
Based on work by Dr. Alexander Lippisch and Hanno Fischer together with his business partner Klaus Matjasic developed the first civil ground effect vehicles called Airfish.
The Airfoil Development GmbH (AFD GmbH) was founded 1997 by Klaus Matjasic andHanno Fischer to evolve and produce, commissioned by an asian investor, an 8-seat ground effect vehicle by using the Airfish technology, Airfish-8.
Airfish-8 in demonstration runs at Cairns (Australia)
In result of this project the AFD GmbH gets the official approval as the first worldwide producer in case of ground effect vehicles by the "Germanischer Lloyd's". The AFD GmbH also gets the certification DIN ISO 9001 by the "Technischer Überwachungsverein" (TÜV) for deplopment and production of ground effect vehicles.
Based on decades of experience in research oft he ground effect by Fischer Flugmechanikand its realisation into commercial products done by Airfoil Development GmbH, the German Government "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung" (BMBF) in cooperation with the research institute for "Binnenschiffbau Duisburg" (VBD), pushed further continously the developing of the second generation of ground effect vehicles, the patent protected Hoverwing Technology. The technical demonstrator Hoverwing 2VT, which is working in this advanced and patent protected technology, is another milestone in respect of the scaling to major sizes up to 200 seats.
In order to proof the Hoverwing concept, a scaled down version of the targeted Hoverwing- 80 in scale 3.35 was designed and built together with the Versuchsanstalt für Binnenschiffbau e.V. at Duisburg (Duisurg Towing Tank).
Hoverwing 2VT sea trials
This scaled down craft is a 2 seated test bed, Hoverwing 2VT, which first flew 1997, and since then covered app. 5,000 km distance during several test series. During these testflights in Holland and in the Baltic Sea, the craft had demonstrated that all required performances and characteristics are fulfilled in accorderance with the predictions.
The last tests have been done in March 2001 on Lake Baldeney and gave further valuable results for the design of the next size Hoverwing.
Very important day in my life (Panagiotis Zagklis), meeting with inventor of Hoverwing tehnology Mr. Hanno Fischer in Willich (Germany) on September 17th, 2011. (in background is a model of new creation 23seater WIG craft, Hoverwing 20). More photos from this important visit you can see at this link on Facebook.
Panagiotis Zagklis (Greece) has edited video with WSH-500 filmed by Discovery Channel on May 2013.
Announcement for Greek people: Παρακαλώ την προσοχή σας, υπάρχει ένας απατεώνας που κυκλοφορεί σε Αθήνα και Πειραιά και αποσπά χρηματικά ποσά από υποψήφιους πελάτες για την επένδυση σε τεχνολογία σκαφών WIG. H μελέτη που παρουσιάζει είναι με την επωνυμία ICARUS SHIPPING, και εμφανίζει την Γερμανική τεχνολογία Hoverwing 80 (FLYSHIP 80) ως συνεργάτης της κατασκευάστριας εταιρείας, ή και ως συνεργάτης της Ρωσικής εταιρείας ATTK JSC για τα αντίστοιχα προϊόντα. Τα σκάφη Hoverwing 80 ή FLYSHIP 80 δεν κατασκευάζονται πλέον από την Γερμανική εταιρεία FLYSHIP GmbH, που έκλεισε από το 2007, αλλά σαν κλάση ανήκουν στην Κορεάτικη εταιρεία Wingship Technology Corp.
The above photos is coming from WSH-500 prototype (Gunsan port - Korea) in October 2012.
The above photo is from Hoverwing 20 prototype in Germany factory.
Photos from successful sea trials of WSH-500 (50 seats WIG craft) on December 2011.