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Happy birthday Dr. William Bertelsen
On May 20 the US pioneer of hovercraft Dr. William
Bertelsen celebrated his 80. Birthday. We wish him all the best and hope
he will add some more great ideas to the Hovercraft community.
Test flight of AH680RI by Ross McLeod - Airlift Hovercraft Australia -
replacing the "Mustang" Hovercraft.
For further information please continue to the following page : http://4wings.com.phtemp.com/airlift/al02.html
Test flight of I-O design
It looks like all are getting along quite well on their craft's and also David Carambat from I-O design got his craft on test flights. This sleek high speed craft got his birthday shower in the last days. Guess he still has to "get the hang on it " or the tree stumps out of the water ... we wish him all the best on the final small adjustments and the fun of flying on a cushion of air.
David send in the following picture
So if you cruise the Louisiana area and think
you got transformed into a star wars movie - you don't need to pinch your
nose - it's David on a test flight.
B/F- Skirt on the Alpha-I
Our most recent client wanted a bit more than
the basic Alpha-I and I could not keep my mouth closed and mentioned that
it might be possible to fly even a craft as small as the Alpha-I on a bag
and finger skirt. Unfortunately he liked the idea and asked to get one.
Test flight's of Alpha-I with integrated bag and finger skirt - custom build for Don - SFB area - CA
Study on Thrust duct's
While surfing for the usual info to increase the safety and performance of our crafts we tripped over a nice study : "Experimental investigation of the effects of some shroud design variables on the static thrust characteristics of a small-scale shrouded propeller submerged in a wing" you can see the file at the following location
Cruising regulations from the USHC
This message is for all cruising H/C-craft user
- they finally recognize that you seldom seen species exist and most recently
a few gentelman of the USHC start writing the cruising regulations for
recreational Hovercraft. Don't ask me who is in charge - but just the fact
that finally they get to paper is nice to know . Since they will not include current USCG
regulations as well as several state noise level limits it's again only a partial solution. From there
you have to see which builder will work after them and the USCG rules - or at least you know
the saved money on your crafts equipment will support your state
in form of violation tickets.
New message group on the net
Since Deja.com is quite often down and e-groupes ( bought again) is
flooding my mail box we think Yahoo Clubs is a good alternative for
a newsgroup. It's easy to set up and advertisement is on a minimum. To sign
up just follow the link : http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/hovercraftrecreational
and feel free to ask questions and get in touch with other Hovercraft interrested
So after all that don't tell me there is nothing going on in the hovercraft