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Ok, so here is your challenge - a floating airport.
We are seriously considering taking on a disused hospital ship and converting it into a 'Health Education Vessel with Advanced First Responder Capabilities'. If successful, which is more than 50%, we would want to keep the vessel at large the majority of the time, anchored at a number of points along the thousands of kilometers of lake-coast on the largest man made lake in the world. Moving crews and supplies on and off the vessel would be done by amphibian aircraft - CH701 and CH801 aircraft. Likewise, patients outside of the scope of the vessels capabilities would be moved off by the 801 in 'air ambulance' mode.
So what is the challenge? We really want your ideas on, and experiences in, a 'floating dock for amphibian aircraft'. The idea is that the vessel (which can accommodate a full time crew of about ten people), will tow behind it a docking point suitable for the 701 / 801 aircraft to dock with, overnight, and depart the next day. The dock must enable easy embarkation and disembarkation, even of a stretcher patient as well as loading and unloading of crew changes and supplies.
If you have some ideas, or experiences on such a method, please share. The vessel is about 6meters (20') wide with a single 'towing hitch' mid-ships. Wake on the lake reaches up to 1m (3'). Vessel speed is about 10knots. Vessel draught is about 2m (6').
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