February 2018
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 20th February 2018, at the Coopers Plains Library in Orange Grove Road.
This meeting was attended by:-

President:- Ben Woodhead
Treasurer:- Phillip Audsley
Secretary:- Steven Odgaard
Publicity Officer:- Steve Stephens

Other members attending were Michael Stephenson, Gunter Prischl, Dieter Renisch, Angus Kerr, Larry Franks, Peter Venn, Arthur Stead, Dwayne Morgan and Les Taylor.

Apologies: Kim Allen - currently in the Princess Alexandra Hospital after undergoing a triple bypass heart operation only days after our last rally.

Cruise report - Muriel St, Redland Bay - Sunday 11th February 2018.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 11th February 2018, launching from 96 Muriel Street, Redland Bay courtesy of Peter and Elaine Venn and cruising from Redland Bay Channel to the Slipping Sands on North Stradbroke Island.

Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Peter Venn Revtech Renegade powered by 20hp Honda
Expo Turbo 240
Hoverjet powered by Rowena 2 stroke
Angus Kerr Viper 4 Cruiser
Les Taylor Turbo 235 Superwedge / Yamaha PE 485 - Phoenix.
Kim Allen Turbo Wedge 240 - Zesty.
Larry Franks Universal UH18-SPW - The Norm.
Steven Odgaard Bill Baker Vehicle 2 - Static Display

Five craft launched at 9:50 am for a cruise to the Slipping Sands on North Stradbroke Island. Peter Venn and lan Lind lead in the Expo Turbo 240 followed by Kim, Hayley and James Allen in Zesty, then Les Taylor and Deiter Renisch in Phoenix and Angus Kerr was the tail-ender in the Viper 4 Cruiser with Lucas Kerr and Ben Woodhead on board.
Lee, Kerri and Mia Corcoran than departed in the 4.5m Quintrex 50hp Yamaha Fish Raider. Larry and Kay Franks in the Norm with passenger Michael Stephenson had a delayed start when a vee belt derailed. Larry fixed this in good time and the Norm set off at 10:07 am for a trial run north along the Redland Bay Passage. The Quintrex boat turned west and kept to the calm of the Logan River and Peter Venn and lan Lind returned after just 3 minutes. This left only 3 hovercraft to make the bay cruise to the slipping sands. Zesty, Phoenix and the Viper 4 Cruiser.

Our Hover World

Safety boat

Expo Turbo


Peter Venn then took our visitors for a ride in the Expo Turbo 240, starting with Linda Passmore. This went rather well until on the 2nd ride, Peter stopped on the water with Linton Passmore to show how stable the craft could be when floating for the purpose of man over board retrieval, and recovery. Unfortunately there was an unchecked bung in the engine compartment and a few centimetres of salt water was enough to cause a short in the ignition system.
Fortunately Peter was able to limp back to the pontoon and the problem was quickly fixed. Ben Passmore decided not to risk a ride on this occasion but was content to demonstrate 3 drones of varying size and complexity. The largest had 6 lift propellers and the others were quad-copters. Ben kept his 3 drones at under 20 metres however Arthur Stead brought out his quad-copter and preferred to take panoramic photographs of the hover port area and nearby Lagoon Island from the maximum ceiling height of 120 metres. Check out panorama.qhover.com for his very clever "Virtual Reality" tour.
Larry Franks went for a 2nd trip out to deliver fuel to Peter Venn, however Peter's problem was electrical, not a shortage of fuel.

Panorama from the hovercraft launching area at Redland Bay.

At 10:48 am Larry made his 3rd trip out, this time with his 2 passengers - Kay and Michael. Peter Venn and lan Lind followed in the Revtech Renegade. The Norm and the Revtech Renegade went to Alberton via the Logan River, probably passing the Quintrex without knowing it. The 3 hovercraft with 8 people on board returned from the Slipping Sands at 11:17 am and then the Norm and the Renegade returned at 11:24 am.
With everyone back at base, we had a relaxing lunch break at Elaine's diner. At 2:00 pm Peter Venn took the Hoverjet for a quick test run and then he handed it over to lan Lind for his first solo. lan handled the Hoverjet well until he came back. lan had too much lift as he approached the steep boat ramp and the craft was too nimble for the approach to the rocky shoreline. lan was able to bring the hoverjet to a safe landing on the apron but Peter was quick to amend his training instructions. Les Taylor and Steven Odgaard pulled down the port-a-loo enclosure and most people had departed by about 2:20 pm.

Expo Turbo

Turbo 235

Viper 4 Cruiser

Revtech Renegade

We had 28 people, 8 hovercraft and 1 boat for the cruise today including visitors Linton, Linda and Ben Passmore studying the benefits of hovercraft and drones for search and rescue.
Others in attendance:-
Elaine Venn, Arthur Stead, Judy Stead, Dwayne Morgan, Dillon, Amelia, Hunter and Ryan Forrest.

QPWS news:-
QPWS is now part of the newly restructured "Department of Environment & Science" (www.des.qld.gov.au) which was previously known as National Parks, Sport, & Racing (NPSR). Who knows how much extra shuffling of personel that will involve?

Anyway, it will mean more new faces to educate, along with the newly elected MP's including the new Minister for Environment & the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts – Ms Leeanne Enoch. So we have recently been discussing the "in-house" compilation of some of our most suitable video clips, prefaced by brief interviews with Karl Bowman, Elisha and James King, to introduce our hobby and regulation problems to those who might make a difference. We already have a swag of video plus all the expertise of some keen video-editors within the club, so it will cost almost nothing, but will be much more effective than forwarding the reams of prior arguments for change.

Queensland State Rally:
The next Queensland State Rally will be held at Lake Coolmunda over the 4 days: 6th to 9th of July 2018. Powered sites at the caravan park can be secured by phoning Troy or Idalia on 07 4652 4171 or 0418 665692. There will also be plenty of unpowered sites near the waters edge. Quiet generators are ok during daylight hours.
The lake has proven to be one of the most suitable hovercrafting destinations in Australia, as confirmed by the successful "Sam Waugh Memorial AHF National Rally 2017".

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be on the weekend of 17th and 18th March at Lake Somerset about two hours north of Brisbane.
Meet at the Lake Somerset Holiday Park at Kirkleigh on Saturday morning for an extended cruise around the lake.

Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th March 2018 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 200 D-13.

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

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary