added by emma on January 2, 2014 at 05:38


WANTED : General Manager / Accounts Manager for SE Kent based manufacturing company. Flying Fish manufactures around 100 small hovercraft each year, employs 20 people and exports to a dozen countries from our factory in Sandwich. In  order to achieve consistent, targeted, production deadlines, we need an experienced full-time manager to join the management team,  overseeing all aspects of production staff management including fibreglass hull manufacture, engineering and fitting out. In addition, the manager will be required to administer company book keeping and accounts, including VAT reconciliation and filing, deal with suppliers and customers and have knowledge of Quickbooks or similar accounts software.

This role will suit a mature and experienced person with a working mechanical knowledge, a management and accounts background and the ability to motivate and organise staff.
Flying Fish is a small but expanding company, and this is a key role - so  you'll need to display a flexible, committed and proactive approach which can assist the management team at the highest level.

The role is 40 hours per week, plus extra hours as required in busy times and the successful candidate will start at the end of January.

For more details, please send your CV to Emma or Russ at Flying Fish Hovercraft,  via email : russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk

Somebody likes our hovercraft!

added by emma on November 4, 2013 at 07:10

Overall, I guess we should be flattered! I'm pretty sure that whoever designed this game saw a photo of the RAF Coastal-Pro online!



MCA - Coastguard meeting sets new direction for hovercraft industry.

added by emma on June 6, 2013 at 04:11

Yesterday in Southampton, we attended a meeting with the MCA / Coastguard, which could be one of the most significant steps forward in the hovercraft industry for 50 years.

The meeting, hosted by Simon Milne, head of vessel Standards, is something I've been negotiating ('nagging' according to Simon!) for over a year as current legislation was preventing the use of small hovercraft for commercial applications such as weed spraying, survey work, environmental inspections, crew transfer, standby and safety applications and the like. Small craft operating close to shore in categorised water and over mudflats bear more relevance to 'equipment' than vessels and as such will be exempted from a 'coding' requirement with the reponsibility for safe operation being administered under an industry voluntary code of conduct and HSA regulations. With the framework discussed and broadly agreed yesterday, the door is open for us to supply hovercraft to numerous small businesses to legally utilise the unique abilities of these craft.

With more stringent regulations and craft specification, it will even be possible for to use the new BBV500 hovercraft for broader commercial applications such as ride giving and passenger movement - ie for hire or reward.

In short, in line with government policy, the industry will become more self-regulatory. We also agreed other relevant requirements such as driver qualifications and experience.

The meeting was attended by the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, Griffon Hovercraft, Hovercraft Society, the BIS, Lloyds register and existing commercial operator, Dr James Thurlow from Intertidal, who contributed a lot of practical advice and experience to proceedings.

It is hoped that these changes can be implemented by the end of 2013, but the wheels of government can turn rather slowly, and with exemptions and policy documents required, it's likely to stretch into next year before its all finalised.






Flying Fish back hovercraft racing in 2013!

added by russ on March 25, 2013 at 06:44

With the last couple of years being massive ones, there's been very little time to think of anything except the business (although 'business' means talking about, demonstrating and working on hovercraft design so it's pretty enjoyable most of the time!) and we've not had much time to go racing. But it feels like the time's right once more so I'd planned to build a bespoke racer from a hull kit. But with one thing and another, there was insufficient time so I started looking around for a complete craft and just happened to stumble across some interesting information about a Formula 2 hovercraft that was for sale in Belgium. I'm too big for Formula 50 or Formula 3 - and too scared to race in Formula One, so Formula 2 seemed like my natural home.

So, late last week, my dad and I jumped into his motorhome with a trailer on the back and shot over to Belgium to look at the Formula 2 'Cobra 5P' Hovercraft of Jos Vanderhoven, the creator of the fabulous 'Cobra' racing hovercraft. Jos is retiring from racing and had his own craft for sale, a Cobra 5P built to a very high specification. Looking over the craft, we were extremely impressed with the build quality and standard of finish. So what makes it go?

In the front is a separate lift engine, a 200cc Simonini Mini 2 Plus which is producing approximately 20bhp at 5500rpm. In the to push her along... oh boy... a Suzuki GSX-R600 motorbike engine which has a full Akropovic exhaust and piggyback ECU fueling system to provide something around 140bhp. So that's around 150-160bhp in a GRP hull which weighs a bit over 325kgs with me on board. Gulp.

Current fashion for racing craft features a long, tapering bow, which helps with lift at high speed and has advantages in the turns and the Cobra follows that design, it looks great and whilst it has only had three outings in Jos's hands, it's already been noted for it's performance. As a result of it's limited use, it's in fantastic condition and is quite ready to race.

So - with just six weeks to go before the first UK Meeting in Accrington, there's plenty of time to try the craft out and find a set up that we're happy with. If all goes well, we'll be racing the European Hovercraft Championship (EHC) which consists of four rounds, two in France, one in the UK and one in Flottsbro, Sweden. In the meantime, hopefully we'll also compete in a few of the popular UK rounds run by the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain (HCGB)  www.hovercraft.org.uk If you're not familiar with Hovercraft racing, take a look at this Youtube video from Prudhomat, one of the French rounds of the EHC.


Spectacular stuff eh? Surprised If you want to know more about hovercraft racing or cruising, then get in touch and join up to the with the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, at just £27/year, you'll have access to loads of information and events.

So, watch this space for updates, it's going to be an interesting summer!









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