April 2007
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 Tuesday, 17th April 2007 which was attended by Des Goss, Phillip Audsley, Arthur Stead, Angus Kerr, Peter Venn, Steven Odgaard and Peter Ledwoch.

Cruise report - Shultz canal at Nudgee - Sunday 1st April 2007.

The last cruise was held on Sunday 1st April 2007 and plan B was evoked due to high winds on the Bay at Clontarf. Taking part in this cruise were:-

Des Goss in his Turbo Wedge 225,
Steven Odgaard in the Billy Baker 2

Visitors were Michael Noble with parents John and Jenny, Preston Coll with parents John and Stephanie, and Phillip and Kerri Audsley.

Des Goss and Steven Odgaard launched in the Shultz Canal at Nudgee.
Des' Turbo Wedge 225 went like a dream and Steven's Bill Baker 2 performed well with an experimental fuel supply to the troublesome Robin lift engine. The engine performed very well and ran continuously at full revs albeit for just 5 minute intervals with the small capacity gravity tank. Being mounted above the lift engine, vibration and fuel spillage were of serious concern.

Michael Noble went for a ride in both craft and Jenny Noble, Preston Coll and Stephanie Coll also went for a ride. Thanks to John Noble for cutting me a spare key for my old Holden car door with the aid of his mobile locksmith van come Sunday family vehicle and thanks to the Colls and Audsleys for providing another scrumptious barbecue lunch in the park. We hope that Phil's back injury sustained while lifting his hovercraft trailer, is only a temporary set-back.

Club News:-
Thanks to Neville Bennett of Magnetic Island who has renewed his membership.
Neville has now taken his Vortex from Evans Head back to Magnetic Island in North Queensland.

Peter Venn showed us various manufacturing methods for producing the perfect small hovercraft rudder. Peter is in the final stages of construction of a 6 seater Subaru powered craft based on the Turbo design, and hopes to have the craft ready for water trials in the very near future.

Angus Kerr reported that the Norwegian bid to hold the next world championships has fallen through and the event may possibly now be staged by the UK if an alternate bid is not forthcoming.

Arthur Stead reported that the club's website is now 12 months old and Silverline Insulation has again sponsored the cost of the qhover.com website for another year. Thanks to Peter Venn for this generous donation.

Get Well.
Ray Newton is seriously ill in hospital. Ray has attended club cruises at Wellington Point, Oyster Point and Fishermans Island. The last being 8th October 2006.

Craft wanted:-
Wanted to buy.
Iím looking to buy a small 2-4 person hovercraft.
Can you help??

News from Victoria:-
The Australian National Rally will be held at Lake Cargelligo every second year, with Lake Narracan or possibly a venue in NSW being selected in the intervening years.

The Victorian Hovercraft Club held its Annual General Meeting on the 14th March 2007.

New committee:-
Tony Westwood - President
Colin Dainty - Vice President
Paul Mott - Secretary
Reece Isaac - Treasurer / Newsletter Editor
Ken Osmond & Robert Forbes - Discoverhover Schools Liaison
Paul Dempsey - Safety Officer

Next club cruise:-
The next cruise is planned for Sunday 13th May 2007.
Launch at the Eagleby boat ramp near the Pacific Highway bridge at 9:00 am.
The planned trip is down the Logan River to the Albert River Junction, then upstream to Stanmore Road bridge or Luscombe Weir. If there are speed restriction signs posted upstream of the Beenleigh Distillery the trip may need to be cut short by a few kilometres.

This is Mother's Day, a point that was overlooked at the last meeting.
If anyone would like to suggest an alternate date then we have time to move it, otherwise the cruise will go ahead as planned if there are no objections.
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
7:30 pm - Tuesday, 15th May 2007
SAAA hall at Archerfield Aerodrome.
Beatty Road Qld 4108.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary