April 2006
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 the SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome on Monday, 17th April 2006 which was attended by Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Pimpama River / McCoy Creek junction - Sunday, 2nd April 2006.

The monthly cruise was held at the Pimpama River on Sunday, 2nd April with 4 craft in attendance.

Des Goss had his trusty fleet commanding maroon Turbo Wedge 225
Phillip Audsley in the yellow Turbo Wedge 225
Angus Kerr had his RevTech Rocket (back from the Berlin World Championship)
Steven Odgaard with a no-go maroon Billy Baker Vehicle 2

Des, Phillip and Angus launched in the Pimpama River at the McCoy Creek junction and travelled north past Woogoompah Island, Dinner Island, Jacobs Well, Rudy Maas, Steiglitz and Cabbage Tree Point. At Tabby Tabby Island they turned east and travelled down the Mosquito Passage to Eden Island then across the five ways and south through Whalleys Gutter to return to the Pimpama mouth via Tipplerís Passage and the Never Fail Islands.
It is possible to get lost through this maze of islands and passages, but with Angusí expert knowledge of the area a scenic trip was safely orienteered and all craft returned without mishap or delay.
Angus had his RevTech Rocket back from the Berlin World Championship event only 2 weeks and everyone had a go at the controls near the boat ramp. I was reluctant to give the Rocket full throttle as it has a tendency to flip upside down at high speed without proper experience with the elevator trim control. Even when starting from a dead stop, the force of the air flow at full throttle is enough to rip earmuffs and cap off your head at 1.2 metres in front of the fan.

Along for the visit were John, Stephanie and Preston Coll, Kerri Audsley and Steven Odgaard with a go-no-where Bill Baker 2. Teenager Preston was thrilled at his high acceleration ride in Angusís craft and Stephanie had the last and best ride of all with a steep hill climb from the boat ramp to a terrace overlooking the picturesque Pimpama Valley.

Queensland Club News:-
Arthur Stead has proposed a celebration in October 2006 to mark the Queensland club's 20th anniversary as an incorporated association. The Queensland club was first incorporated as Queensland Amateur Sporting Hovercraft Inc on 10th October 1986. It later changed it's name to Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Inc on 18th July 1989 and then later joined the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc as a branch and was deincorporated in Queensland on 19th Sept 2002.
Arthur has also prepared a web page for the Queensland club and he presented it at Monday's meeting for ratification.
It will be sponsored with thanks to Peter Venn - Silverline Insulation.
It is not on line yet, but should be by the May meeting.

The AHF website is updated by Tony Westwood of Victoria.
see: www.aushover.tk

News from Central Queensland:-

From: gordon wright
To: steven odgaard
Subject: Something new for Mackay.

Dear Steve,
You might be interested to have a look at the following site ......... (www.f1hoverpodracing.com.)
I happened to be in the right place and the right time yesterday when I heard the 'HoverPod' at Shoal Point. So I went along to investigate, and was introduced to the two partners who are going to set up a 'HoverPod' business here in Mackay, as an offshoot to the main concern in the UK. We spent an afternoon touring around the beaches in the Hovercraft they had brought along to create interest and I was able to show them a lot of the local area which I know well.
The hovercraft they brought along was very well constructed and performed exceptionally well, using a 51 HP Rotax engine and was extremely economical on fuel considering the time we spent exploring beaches here and traversing many areas of the sea.
Their Home pages on the internet are of course from the UK, but they have contacts in most states in Australia.

Kind regards
Gordon

News from NSW:-
Peter Venn may have his first trial of the Viper Hummingbird at the end of May 2006 at Huskisson NSW. Michael Nell is nearing completion of the project and is gathering speed with enthusiasm of the new craft taking shape.

News from Victoria:-
Peter Streader is the co-ordinator for the 2006 Australian National Rally.
The rally is proposed for 23rd/24th September 2006 at Lake Cargelligo - inland central NSW.

The Victorian branch held its AGM on the 8th March 2006.

New committee:-
Tony Westwood - President
Colin Dainty - Vice President
Stuart Wale - Secretary
Paul Mott - Assistant Secretary
Reece Isaac - Treasurer
Ken Osmond - Schools Programme
Robert Forbes - Schools craft construction
Paul Dempsey - Safety Officer
Peter Streader - Head Organiser National Rally

Next Queensland club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be at Oyster Point, Cleveland on Sunday, 30th April 2006.
Meet at the park via Phelan Street for a 9:00 am launch.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30pm - Monday, 15th May 2006.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Regards
Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary