June 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 Sporting Aircraft Association of Australia hall at Archerfield Aerodrome on Monday, 19th June 2006 which was attended by Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Arthur Stead and Steven Odgaard.

Cruise report - Pelican Park at Clontarf - Sunday 11th June 2006.

The June cruise was scheduled for Clontarf on Sunday 11th June, but due to strong cold south westerly winds and white caps on the bay, no hovercraft turned up. Steven Odgaard arrived around 9:15 am and waited for others for about an hour before heading off again.
Visitor Mark Calder arrived at 10:00 am, but unfortunatly Mark and Steven's paths didn't cross, so Mark went home again. Apologies to Mark for our poor performance but don't dispair, head out to South Brisbane for our next cruise and introduce yourself and we'll make up for it.

From: Mark Calder
To: steven@qhover.com
Subject: What time was the cruise at Clontarf?

I went to see the cruise at Clontarf at 10:00 am at Pelican Park boat ramp but I didn't see any hovercraft and the fisherman there had been a while and hadn't seen any either. Did you go later or to a different part of Clontarf? I only had a landline number to call and nobody answered. Can you put a mobile contact for the day when doing a cruise?
It was such a windy day I'd thought you had cancelled so I went home again.


Hovercraft Demonstration at Musgrave Park
Michael Berri from the Queensland Department of Education has asked if the club could provide a craft to give a demonstration on Musgrave Park, to coincide with a manual arts teachers conference at South Brisbane, being held in the Greek Club premises on Sunday, 9th July 2006.
Michael Berri has indicated that there are 49 teachers registered for the conference.
To help this happen, we have decided to hold the July cruise on the same day, meeting at the South Brisbane boat ramp in Riverside Drive, near the Merivale Street railway bridge at 9:00 am.
If you wish to participate at Musgrave Park, we ask that you bring your public liability insurance cover papers with you on the day. This is a condition from the Brisbane City Council to use the park. The speed limit in the park will be 15km/hr for any hovercraft participating in the demo.
The time requested for the demonstration is 2:00 pm at Musgrave Park.
Michael Berri has been contacted from fellow teachers in Victoria who are excited about building low cost Universal Hovercraft with 13hp 4 stroke engines as part of their manual arts woodworking course.
In Victoria, this has been successful as part of the DiscoverHover schools programme, and has been well promoted by Ken Osmond : President of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc.
Ken tells me that schools in Tasmania are also picking up on the programme.

Next club cruise:-
The next Queensland Hovercraft Club cruise will be held on the Brisbane River at South Brisbane on Sunday, 9th July 2006.
A demonstration will be held in Musgrave Park after the cruise at 2:00 pm, as part of a Manual Arts Teachers Conference being held by the Queensland Department Of Education.
Meet at 9:00 am at the boat ramp in Riverside Drive South Brisbane, near the Pauls Milk factory and the Merivale Street railway bridge.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Monday, 17th July 2006.
SAAA clubhouse at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary