An experimental study of air supply to bottom cavities stabilized within a recess under a horizontal surface has been carried out in a specially designed water tunnel. The air supply necessary for creating and maintaining an air cavity in steady and gust flows has been determined over a wide range of speed. Flux-free ventilated cavitation at low flow speeds has been observed. Stable multiwave cavity forms at subcritical values of Froude number were also observed. It was found that the cross-sectional area of the air supply ducting has a substantial effect on the air demand. Air supply scaling laws were deduced and verified with the experimental data obtained.