The equipment rack is such a simple thing – some welded aluminium parts, but it is designed carefully so that we can carry HF/VHF/UHF radio antennae, satellite transceivers, search lamps, extra fuel cans, and surprisingly, wing mirrors! It’s amazing how useful those mirrors are for checking the state of the thrust fans, navigating around outcrops, even reversing down rapids  – believe it or not that is a thing! Even just getting into and out of the hovercraft is made so much easier with the equipment rack acting as a climbing frame, and you can stand on it to get a much needed vantage point if you are in some of the extremely flat and wide swamps or floodplains we have worked in.