Airfish 8: New boat-plane hybrid to change marine transport

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Cape Town - Singapore company Wigetworks has patented a brand new mode of transport, called the Wing-In-Ground, or WIG for short.

It's a type of plane that hovers across the water, docks a jetty like a boat, but runs on the engine of a car, and could potentially revolutionise the island ferry industry as well as give emergency services easy access to difficult places.

It can reach speeds of up to 150km/h, but hovers at a consistent height of 2-6 metres off the water. It's such a unique aircraft that Singapore has to write new regulations for it and is the first of its kind to be registered as a merchant ship.

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