August 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, 21st August 2006 which was attended by Des Goss, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Tony Hogben from Gympie, and Steven Odgaard.
Apologies from Phillip Audsley who is currently on holidays, also from Peter Ledwoch and Ann Dickinson.

Cruise report - Waterford boat ramp on the Logan River - Sunday 6th August 2006.

The August cruise was held on the Logan River launching from Waterford, on Sunday, 6th August with 3 hovercraft in attendance.

Des Goss in a Turbo Wedge 225,
Peter Ledwoch & Ann Dickinson in a Simple Cyclone, and
Steven Odgaard in a Billy Baker Vehicle 2.

We met at 9:15 am at Waterford and with a sign on the bridge indicating 6 knots - no wash upstream, we decided to cruise downstream to avoid any controversy or complaints. All craft performed well for the trip to Skinners Road Park at Carbrook, although I pulled out at Eagleby due to fuel concerns. The lift engine in the Billy Baker performed at peak revs on the trip downstream but lost power on the return leg. At about 70% power there was enough cushion lift to keep the hull above the water although the skirts dragged heavily.

Peter and Ann had to stop briefly to refuel near Bethania and Des took this opportunity to venture up Slacks Creek beyond the Logan Motorway Bridge. Steven played it safe and waited on a mudflat at the creek junction with the Logan River. We all arrived back at Waterford safely at around 2:00 pm. After packing up, Peter, Ann and Steven enjoyed a meal at the Waterford hotel. Peter explained that washing his craft down is no problem as he uses Car-lovers and this costs approximately $8 in coins. These washing facilities use recycled non-drinking water.

Interstate News:-
The Australian National Rally will be held at Lake Cargelligo in Central Western New South Wales in just 4 weeks - 23rd & 24th September. Details can be found at www.qhover.com
Peter Streader is the organiser for this event and needs to have some idea of the numbers attending, so if you intend going, register on line via the AHF website. www.aushover.tk

International News:-
The World Hovercraft Championships are being held at Lake Tolerme, Latronquiere in France over the next six days, 22nd - 27th August 2006.
Photos of each days events are being posted at www.whc2006.com

Next club cruise:-
At the August cruise on the Logan River at Waterford, Peter Ledwoch suggested Cabbage Tree Point just north of Jacobs Well, as a suitable cruise area.
Des Goss had commitments for Fatherís Day and birthdays so the cruise was selected for the 17th September 2006. Angus requested at 10am start, slightly later than usual.
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 17th September at Cabbage Tree Point.
Meet at 10:00 am at the Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp ready to fly.
Directions:-
Heading south from Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway, take the Jacobs Well exit (Exit 38) and head east along the Jacobs Well Road for about 15 kilometres to Cabbage Tree Point.
If heading north towards Brisbane, take Exit 49.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Monday, 18th September 2006.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Regards
Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary