June 2016
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 21st June 2016, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-
President:- Ben Woodhead
Vice President:- Peter Venn
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Les Taylor, Kim Allen, Micheal Stephenson, Angus Kerr, Dale Baxter and Dieter Renisch.
Visitors for the evening were Kerri Audsley and Danny Venn for a total of 13 people.

Danny Venn and cousin David built and maintained the 4 original Expo 88 craft for Peter Venn's very succesful joyrides business during Expo 1988 at Southbank, Brisbane. Their world record of 136,000 passengers still stands! Danny also showed a DVD recording of a UK TV “Speed” episode involving Billy Baker. It was well worth watching and much appreciated.

Apologies: Arthur Stead, Ross McLeod, Dwayne Morgan, Gunter Prischl & Ian Lind.

Cruise report - Moogerah Dam near Aratula - Sunday 5th June 2016.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Moogerah Dam near Aratula.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Les Taylor Turbo Superwedge 235 - Phoenix.
Cle Sheck Turbo Wedge 235 - Seaspray.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Justy 2.

Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday brought about by a winter low pressure storm cell caused floods along the entire east coast as far south as Tasmania. Sunday saw a break in the clouds, with a crisp 18 degree temperature and a blustery Sou-Wester. Great for ACVs - wet gound, no dust and no other campers. The mountains and tree lined ridge gave us plenty of lee to enjoy short cruises on this 827 hectare blue water lake.

The road trip was approx 100 kms from Brisbane CBD, and most were on time for a 9:00 am craft inspection by the safety officer. Zesty was the first craft to hit the water at 9:30 am, followed by Phoenix and the Viper 4. They set off for a trip around the perimeter. Both Phoenix and Zesty returned early and only the Viper 4 completed the cruise circumnavigating the lake in very rough conditions.

Phoenix took a short run at 9:50 am to examine smooth water over weed mat. Spiderspray in tow arrived at 10:05 am. The Viper 4 Cruiser returned at 10:15 am. At 11:00 am the 4 craft ventured out again, but the wind had intensified and Spiderspray and Zesty returned early preferring to stay in the calm water of the cove. Phoenix found confidence and completed the entire shoreline trip with two on board while staying close with the Viper 4 Cruiser.

Zesty returned at 11:10 am and Spiderspray followed them in, very wet after attempting to go out past the headland. Not wise for a small craft with poor power to weight ratio. Shortly afterward, Zesty set off again followed by Spider Spray, this time preferring to explore the 2 coves close to base. Zesty performed a couple of donuts on the calm water. Viper 4 and Phoenix returned at 11:30 am.
With a small audience from the adjacent caravan park, Spiderspray went out for a 3 minute lap of the cove, followed by Zesty, then Spiderspray went out for its final run.

After lunch Zesty, Viper and Phoenix went out again. At this point Spiderspray had a minor break down with a loose fan duct. Luckily the fan did not explode. Phoenix and Spiderspray returned safely by 1:12 pm. We packed up and left around 15 minutes later. The campers had an arduous job packing up the tent and gear, but were glad to be doing so in dry weather.
There was an enjoyable stop at Aratula for afternoon tea.

Other Local News:-
On Wednesday 8th June 2016, a Marine Park Permit meeting was held at Hervey Bay with officers Alan Dyball (Senior Ranger) and two senior conservation officers from Maroochydore, Amanda Delaforce and Emma Barraclough.

James King and Karl Bowman have passed on the following:
We look forward to attending the deferred meeting. The authority postponed the meeting with 1 day of notice. I've been in touch with the Team Leader, Northern Marine Administration based at Rockhampton. They called two weeks ago and we had a lengthy conversation about hovercraft operating within the Great Barrier Reef Coastal areas which includes 1770. There was an application a few years ago from a commercial operation. It was declined due to it not being compatible with other operations in the area and the 6 knot requirement for vessels at the location (boat ramp). It was stated the issue with hovercraft is mainly the noise. This particular commercial craft was NOISY!

A spiel about the evolution of hovercraft regarding the reduction in noise over the years was given in reply, and it was mentioned that regulations cater mainly for commercial craft and not recreational craft. The regulations do not keep up with the evolution of hovercraft and new technology etc. The QSH club code of conduct was provided and our professional occupations and disciplines were used as a good example. Mention was made of a permit for a Renegade model currently used in the Great Sandy Marine Park and experience (within the rules of the permit) operating around roosting birds and minimal impact on surfaces over which the craft operate. They were receptive to our case. The senior ranger who has jurisdiction over the Burrum River will be present. Craft will be on static display at the meeting venue.
If anyone has any recommendations, please forward your suggestions or recommendations.

As a result of this, we sent copies of most of our club submissions which are aimed at substantially reducing the current insurance and permit conditions. At the meeting, one of the staff was suprised when told that our hovercraft actually hover above the surface!!!!! Unfortunately, a live demo wasn't possible.
They also showed James and Karl many photos of purported “hovercraft problems”. We await the eventual outcome with much interest.

AHF Meeting:-
The AHF Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 25th May 2016.
Queensland branch delegates attended at the QSH club president's home for a telephone conference with interstate delegates and invited branch presidents. All AHF positions were filled. Structure of the Federation and its branches discussed and summed up after a survey in the forum to best accommodate the needs of the regional club and other emerging branches.

Australian National Rally:
The next Australian National Rally is to be hosted by the Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club and will be held from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2017 at Lake Coolmunda near Inglewood in southeast Queensland.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) requires 90 days notice and Sunwater requires 30 days notice. This is a minimum 130 days allowing for contingencies. MSQ required a letter from Goondiwindi Regional Council after a tragic death on Lake Coolmunda several years ago involving water skiing. The council delivered the letter of support very quickly, and is very supportive of both of these rallies, as they can see the mutual benefits for their locals and our club.

The prize pool is accumulating, and the full set of skirts donated by Peter Venn of www.shedinsulationdiy.com.au will be well worth competing for. More details coming shortly on the rally website.

Some accomodation has already been booked. Plenty of camping space at the waters edge, some powered sites and a few cabins are available at the caravan park which is less than 400m away.
Contact Troy and Idalia on (07) 4652 4171 or email to lakecoolmunda@yahoo.com.au

Next club cruise - Queensland State Rally:-
The next club cruise will be the Queensland State Rally to be held on the weekend of 9th and 10th of July 2016 at Lake Coolmunda near Inglewood.

The 2016 Queensland State Rally will be held at Lake Coolmunda, 256 kms south west of Brisbane, or 13 kms east of Inglewood on the Cunningham Highway in south east Queensland, pending receipt of the aquatic licence from MSQ and permission from SunWater. These are currently being processed and no problems are envisaged. Otherwise just a low key get together to test the facilities, including the bowls club. A local bus has been organised to shuttle us from the caravan park to the bowls club for dinner on Saturday night, then returning to camp by 10:30pm. The club is covering the $250 cost.

The local Inglewood SES have offered to have 2 aluminium 40hp flood boats on the water for some activities, as well as 3 portashades with walls for wind protection. They will erect them as well, so the club will be presenting them with a $100 donation.
If you enjoy fishing, the dam is well stocked. A fishing licence is required.

Bring winter clothing and sleeping bags rated for frosty conditions as the area has a 315m altitude. Geographic co-ordinates are 28°25'19.4" S, 151 °13' 3.2" E.
Worth the trip if only for the Sunday lunch at Troy & Idalia's giant wood-fired pizza-oven which was modified from a heavy metal pressure vessel and is in the log and slab shed at the caravan park.
The Mayor and CEO of Goondiwindi Regional Council, and possibly the local member will also be attending to present prizes.

By the time you read this, the rally should be appearing under “S.E. Qld regional events” on more than 30 tourism web sites thanks to the Goondiwindi Regional Council's Community Development and Events Coordinator, Megan Long. Please let me know if you have any trouble finding our listing.

Day trips for non-pilots to visit the Lavender Farm, Olive Grove, Museum, Sporting Shooters (Pistols, rifles, & shotguns available for use under supervision to all registered visitors), and a progressive morning tea/brunch were also discussed, but we decided we wouldn't have the numbers this year to justify the cost.

Contact for these events is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Coopers Plains Library at 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains.
There is plenty of parking at the rear of the library building via Bosworth Street off Orange Grove Road.

UBD Reference - Map 242 J12.

Anyone with an interest in air cushion vehicles is welcome to attend.
We discuss technical topics and plan cruises.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary