December 2006
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club
A branch of the Australian Hovercraft Federation Inc (Vic)

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The next club planning meeting will be on Tuesday 16th January 2007 at 7:30 pm in the SAAA hall at Archerfield aerodrome. Enter via the main entrance off Beatty Road.

Club membership
Club membership has been retained at $30.00, however the SAAA have advised that the Federal Airports Corporation have raised the rent and unless more clubs can be found to occupy and share the rent load, then the current tenants may soon need to pay more.
Our current rent is $30.00 per night ( no fixed number of nights ) or $25.00 per night (minimum of 10 nights per year ).
We hold 11 meetings per year so our annual bill is $275. Our other budget expenses include Federation incorporation fees and insurance to which the QSH contributes $50 plus ($15 per Queensland member).
Our club needs your membership.

Anyone for a cruise???
Angus Kerr has a day off work this coming Thursday, 4th January 2007 and would like to go on a cruise with other hovercraft enthusiasts in his area who may currently be on holidays, or as is the case with Des Goss, happily retired and available to go cruising just about anytime he feels the urge. Lucky Des.
Angus can be contacted on 0418 880 859. Cleveland.

Peter Venn's Turbo TP6
Peter Venn now has a partly completed craft in his shed at Birkdale although it still needs a lot of work to bring it up to seaworthy condition. It is basically an extended twin-engined Turbo using an 80hp Suburu with a 1.2 metre duct for thrust and an 18hp Honda for lift, and is designated the Turbo TP6. It is a very well produced six seater hull and should be a good platform for a safe long distance cruiser.
Peter and son David rebuilt a Hoverjet about 3 years ago and for anyone who has seen the Lake Cargelligo DVD, this small vessel is testament to their experience in producing a craftsman’s finish.

Cruise report - The Spit, Somerset Dam - Saturday 9th December 2006.

The last club cruise was also the end of year Christmas party for the Brisbane Valley SES, and was held at The Spit on Somerset Dam on Saturday, 9th December 2006 with 4 craft in attendance.

Phillip Audsley:- Yellow Turbo Wedge 225 - 1600cc Subaru, integrated. 33” multiwing
Des Goss:- Maroon Turbo Wedge 225 - Robin EC44, integrated 33” multiwing fan.
Tony Hogben:- Angus's White Turbo Wedge 240 - Yamaha PE 51hp, integrated 36” multiwing
Steven Odgaard:- Maroon Billy Baker Vehicle 2 - Chapparal 44hp, 36”/Robin EC25 lift 19”


The QSH Group
We assured the SES of 4 craft for their end of year picnic. Unfortunately Angus had to work, but he generously offered us the use of his Turbo Wedge 240 for the event.
On Friday 8th December 2006, Danny Venn finished repairing Angus’ Turbo and Steven Odgaard collected it at 5:00 pm and towed it to Toogoolawah, a small town to the west of Somerset Dam.

Tony Hogben's craft
On Saturday 9th December 2006, Arthur & Judy Stead with granddaughter Ashlea, Phillip Audsley, Cary Breakey, Steven Odgaard and Des Goss met at 8:30 am at Fernvale. At 9:00 am we set off in convoy via the Split Yard Creek road and past Cary’s place and arrived at The Spit on Somerset Dam by 10:00 am.
There we met Tony Hogben who had travelled south from Curra near Gympie via Kilcoy.


Ready to fly
After an introduction by Neville and Dianne Finlay of the SES, we launched 4 hovercraft and began giving rides for approximately 80 members family and friends from the Toogoolawah, Esk and Nanango State Emergency Service branches, local police force, and shire councillors and even one odd looking fellow with a red and white suit carrying a sack of goodies over his shoulder.
With 4 craft available we actually had a shortage of operators, but thankfully Tony Hogben stepped forward and offered to help.

Santa's sleigh

Cary’s son arrived during the morning to see the event.

At 12 noon Santa Claus arrived aboard Phillip’s hovercraft and delivered gifts to the children who were eagerly awaiting his presence.

SES Rescue craft
At 1:00 pm Graeme and Ben Becker arrived from Gatton and joined us for a delightful lunch prepared by the ladies of the SES. During a quiet time in the afternoon, Graeme and Ben each had a go at the controls of Angus’ Turbo and then Andrew, the SES controller from the Toogoolawah branch, took the long craft for a trial run and the last test run for the day was by Jenny Daniels of the SES.

Judy and Ashlea
At 4:00 pm the SES volunteers invited me out on the larger of the two SES vessels and with 11 souls aboard, 3 drivers took turns at putting the quiet 4 stroke outboard powered boat through a thrilling slalom course that lasted for ½ an hour. Nev took the smaller boat out with about 6 on board and the two vessels practised manoeuvres together for about 15 minutes to end the day’s fun before the arduous task of breaking camp and going home.

Turbo Wedge 225
Des Goss had a long quiet cup of tea in Fernvale waiting for Phillip to catch up, but he enjoyed his tea so much that Phillip passed through town without any notion that Des was waiting for him. Steven made two trips back. Nasty bit of logistics getting two craft to the camp without a double decker trailer.
Cary Breaky renewed his club membership. Thanks to Cary for his subscription.
Arthur Stead sold 4 National Rally (Lake Cargelligo) DVDs to Cary Breakey, Nev Finlay, Graeme Becker & Steven Odgaard of which proceeds go to both the QSH and the AHF. Thanks to Arthur.
Sales of this interesting DVD are doing remarkably well.


Turbo Wedge 240

Turbo Wedge 225

Billy Baker Vehicle 2

Next club cruise:-
Angus Kerr has a day off work this coming Thursday, 4th January 2007 and would like to go on a cruise with other hovercraft enthusiasts in his area who may currently be on holidays, or as is the case with Des Goss, happily retired and available to go cruising just about anytime he feels the urge. Lucky Des.
Angus can be contacted on 0418 880 859. Cleveland.

Next Queensland branch meeting:-
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 16th January 2007.
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Regards
Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary