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102 Vehicles: Mass Transport

Vancouver Ferry (TL7)

Summary: 4.00 displacement ton box; 12.3 tonnes; kCr 60.9 Chassis: 56.0 kL box (5.9 m long x 3.1 m wide x 3.1 m high); Structure: 424 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 1.00 MW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 1.00 kL of hydrocarbons (1.00 tonnes), 10 hours supply Propulsion System: 1.00 MW hoverskirt; Maximum Speed: 70 km/h loaded, 75 km/h unloaded; Range: 704 km loaded, 750 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.1G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 crew station; 20 roomy passenger seats Sanitary facilities; Hatches: 4 manual Communications: Regional Radio (10 W, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 30 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 50 cm per km of range Other: Options: wet bar Safety Features: fire suppression system 5.33 kL of cargo space (2.66 tonnes)

The Vancouver is a small passenger ferry used mainly as a shuttle in urban areas, although some vehicles in the class are used for long distance transportation.

The vehicle is well equipped with safety features, from its subregional radar to a full fire suppression system. Passenger comfort is assured with roomy seats, a wet bar, and sanitary facilities.

Mavros Charter Aircraft (TL8)

Summary: 1.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 2.62 tonnes; kCr 113 Chassis: 14.0 kL cylinder airframe (5.10 m long x 1.7 m wide x 1.7 m high, wingspan 10 m); Structure: 154 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 250 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 250 L of high-grade hcarb (250 kg), 8 hours supply Propulsion System: 250 kW aircraft; Maximum Speed: 224 km/h loaded, 277 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 68 km/h loaded, 55 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 60 m loaded, 39 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 6 s loaded, 5 s unloaded; Range: 1788 km loaded, 2210 km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.3G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 5 roomy passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL8, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: Active Subregional Radar (100 W); Range: 10 km; Resolution: 10 cm per km of range Other: Options: wet bar; 1.00 kL of cargo space (500 kg)

Small and relatively cheap, the Mavros is typically operated by charter companies serving medium-distance shuttle routes. Roomy seats and a built-in wet bar ensure a comfortable trip for passengers. While not fast enough to compete with express aircraft, the Mavros is considerably cheaper to own and operate, and admirably serves its niche.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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