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Latest & Greatest: February 2004

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Deep Flight Adventures

By Elizabeth Ginns Britten — February 2004

   


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Want to be among the first to experience a new underwater adventure? Then hop aboard the Deep Flight Aviator, a unique craft that can take you to depths beyond traditional dive limitations—to a maximum of 1,000 feet—in less than 30 seconds.

The DF Aviator’s purpose, says its manufacturer Deep Flight Submersibles, is to provide longer-range exploration at a higher rate of speed (up to 10 knots) and for longer periods of time (it can stay underwater for up to 24 hours, but due to human constraints, most dives will be a maximum of four hours). It has a lightweight, high-powered composite frame with thrusters and flight controls, and each “seat” (it comes in two-, three-, and four-person models) features the same five-point harness used by Indy racecar drivers.

If you want to purchase and pilot a DF Aviator yourself, pricing begins at $1.7 million. But before you embark on this endeavor, you’ll have to enroll in the three-day, $15,000 course offered by Hawkes Ocean Technologies.

Deep Flight Submersibles Phone: (415) 256-9273. www.deepflight.com.

Is there something you would like to know more about or see PMY put to the test? Write: Latest & Greatest, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: elizabeth.britten@primedia.com. No phone calls, please.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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