March 2002
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch held a planning meeting at Archerfield on Tuesday, 19th March 2002.

Recent Correspondance:-

From: barry fennell
To: steven odgaard
Subject: Membership?

Dear Steven,
I am purchasing a 4 person hovercraft in November 2002 and am contemplating membership in a hovercraft club / association. How do I "Go about it"? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations along these lines and / or does your World hovercraft club accept new members etc.

You have a wonderful year.

From: steven odgaard
To: barry fennell
Subject: Re: Membership?

Dear Barry,
Thanks for your enquiry about joining an air cushion vehicle club.
Our small club meets at the Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia building at Archerfield Aerodrome at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of December (Too close to Christmas).
The name of our club is "Queensland Sporting Hovercraft" and we are affiliated with the NSW Sporting Hovercraft Club and the Hovercraft Club of Victoria.
There are also small gatherings in Adelaide; (Hovercraft Club of South Australia) and Perth; ( Hovercraft Club of Western Australia).
Together, we are the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc.
At our Tuesday night meetings we sit down and plan our next cruise and this is usually held at 9:30 am on the following Sunday at places like Colmslie Reserve, Wellington Point, Waterloo Bay, Woody Point at Redcliffe, Gold Coast esplanade, Nerang River, Logan River, Brisbane River, Bremer River, Oxley Creek, Tingalpa Creek, Pine River, Moogerah Dam and Atkinsons Dam.
Once a year there is an Australian National Rally and these have been held since 1986 at:-

Lake Narracan, Moe, Victoria.
Murray River, Victoria / NSW border.
Wyangala Dam near Cowra NSW.
Lake Cargelligo, central western NSW.
Kangaroo Lake near Kerang, Victoria and
Lake Hindmarsh Victoria.
To visit these rallies we Queenslanders have to drive and tow trailers with hovercraft aboard, some very long inland routes in excess of 1,600 kilometres for NSW and up to 2,200 kilometres for Moe.
To join our club, you just have to turn up to a meeting at Archerfield.

The address is:-
SAAA Hall,
Beatty Road,
Archerfield Aerodrome,

You need to command an air cushion vehicle on at least three consecutive cruises before you can be privileged enough to be referred to as part of the furniture within our club, but anyone can join for just $30 per year.
If you live too far away, Doug Stott does an interesting reliable and regular newsletter which you can subscribe to. Phone Doug on (03) 5981 2283.

Steven Odgaard
secretary Queensland branch AHF Inc.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 16th April 2002.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary