A new thrill for boating enthusiasts is likely to be provided by a new gyro-boat invented in the United States.
LV Boat flying overhead
CU Pilot of boat interviewed "It was developed....."
AERIAL VIEW of boat taking off with voice over
CU Pilot controls boat with joystick
SV Boat in flight, pilot demonstrates - voice over ends "... real soft landing".
TRANSCRIPT: OWNER: "It was developed from three pontoons, and then the boat seemed to work out better than the pontoons as far as aerodynamics in the air, so they switched to the boat. It's really just a 12-foot, car-top fishing boat."
REPORTER: "How much manoeuvrability do you have with it?"
OWNER: "Quite a bit. It manoeuvres just like an aeroplane. You can bank up and down, turn left to right."
REPORTER: "Is it safe?"
OWNER: "Well, I think it is, the entire control for the whole flying operation is right here in the one stick. In order to bank it you merely push the stick in the direction you want to turn. If you want to go down, push it forward, if you want to go up, pull it back. Left, push your control to the left. It's all in one operation. It controls your rotor blades. By moving the stick it'll turn in whatever direction you push the stick. It's a co-ordinated effort between the man flying the boat and your boat driver. You have to single your boat driver either this way for more speed or down if you want him to bring you down. So when you're ready to land you give him the signal, and then he'll let you down more slowly for a real soft landing."
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Background: A new thrill for boating enthusiasts is likely to be provided by a new gyro-boat invented in the United States. Its owner is convinced its simplicity of operation, combined with the exhilaration of being airborne, is likely to make it popular with enthusiasts of aquatic pastimes. This film is supplied with a soundtrack commentary in English.