Flying Fish Coastal-Pro Hovercraft

added by Emma on April 28, 2014 at 06:38

Testing out a Coastal-Pro Hovercraft which is off to Finland for a rescue organisation. Delighted with the performance - when she gets to Helsinki and our Finnish dealer RAF HOVERCRAFT , she'll receive her lights and graphics, plus all the other kit required.

 

Some of the historical 'haunts' on the River Medway.

added by Emma on March 20, 2014 at 07:14

The Medway is a spectacular river for those interested in maritime history. Last weekend, we used small hovercraft to explore some of the more interesting sites. There's still lots to see in the tidal area leading right up to Allington Lock. Check back for more updates as we explore this fascinating intertidal world!

 

View the video on  Youtube


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Three more Minnow Hovercraft leave tomorrow!

added by Emma on March 13, 2014 at 11:52

I'm pretty sure my toys weren't this much fun when I was a lad - a hoop - and a stick if I was lucky.

Anyway, three more Minnow Hovercraft leave us tomorrow for their lucky new owners. Enjoy yourself lads!

 

WANT TO WORK IN THE HOVERCRAFT INDUSTRY?

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

WANT TO WORK IN THE HOVERCRAFT INDUSTRY?

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

Update to the MCA/Hovercraft Manufacturers/Hovercraft Club revisions to small hovercraft legislation

added by Emma on December 16, 2013 at 08:48

The continuing work on the new 'Hovercraft Code of Practice' was presented to the MCA last week at a very constructive meeting chaired by Simon Milne, manager of the MCA's Vessel Standards Branch. The meeting was attended by John Gifford and Russ Pullen from the Hovercraft Manufacturers Association (HMA,) and representatives from Lloyds, Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, The Hovercraft Trust and commercial hovercraft operators, Intertidal and Ecospan.

The draft code was warmly received by the MCA, with just a few relatively minor changes and clarifications being required. These changes will be submitted in the new year and it looks very much like the code will be usable from as early as April 2014 - though the actual legislation may take some while. What is clear is that the basic structure of the proposed code will be adopted - currently the categories that concern us here at Flying Fish are the Ultra-Light and Light hovercraft.

In short, 'Ultra-Light' hovercraft will be henceforth excluded from any MCA legislation when used for commercial (non-passenger) operations. Operating parameters will be tightly set - this is not an open door to operate in a 'cavalier' manner without any rules, but more of an acceptance that a small hovercraft operating on the shoreline is more akin to a piece of equipment than a marine vessel. Health & Safety legislation obviously dictates safe operations, and the code makes extensive recommendations as to construction/training etc, plus operators will still need a permit for most work. But this is a huge step forward and we're expecting UK sales of Coastal-Pro's to boom in 2014 as it's now a much clearer and more straightforward procedure to use a small hovercraft for commercial purposes.

The Code even extends to clarification of recreational, leisure and racing hovercraft with recommended technical standards for manufacturers and builders to consider. Obviously, we will ensure all Flying Fish hovercraft are compliant.

'Light Hovercraft' is the category that the BBV500 will fit into, safety, construction and operating parameters are wider reaching but it means there is a clear route for commercial operators to use a small hovercraft for passenger rides, taxi's etc.

Categories

Ultra Light : Up to 500kgs, maximum 4 Persons, no passengers.

Light : Up to 1000kgs, maximum 8 Persons including passengers.

Small : Over 1000kgs, less than 24m and up to 12 passengers.

Large : Adheres to the High Speed Code.

Below is a link to the draft code as presented. If it's of interest, do please take a look, but as stated above, it is subject to revision and cannot be considered as more than 'work in progress' at the present time.

Hovercraft Code of Practice Draft Revision 7 (08.11.13).pdf (1.88 mb)

If you'd like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us. Email russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk or call on 01304 619820.

 

 

 

Coastal-Pro and Two Marlin's off to the Gulf.

added by Emma on November 11, 2013 at 06:08

Loading today, two Marlins for a driving experience business together with a rescue craft to cover the area of operations. As ever, container shipping seamlessly arranged by www.comparecargorates.com

 

 

Hovercraft article in the Telegraph

added by Emma on November 5, 2013 at 04:51

A fairly brainless article, but good coverage for our friends at Griffon Hovercraft!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/columnists/alexei-sayle/10402911/Alexei-Sayle-hovercraft-remain-a-British-success-story.html

Cholmondleley Pagaent of Power - Round 3 of the HCGB National Hovercraft Championships.

added by Emma on June 20, 2013 at 06:06

A superb weekend racing at Cholmondeley saw the Volantis Hovercraft Racing Team finish first in Formula 2 with four wins from four starts - so a pretty good weekend!

Having finished third on the first meeting of the year, and fist in the last two rounds, with three rounds gone, theVolantis Cobra of Russ Pullen now leads the championship. Now to keep up the momentum for the rest of the season!

Next stop, Claydon House on July 20/21st. This is followed by a European race meeting at Prudhomat in southern France a week later.

 

Formula Two          
no Team Magnol Hacket Cholmo season
99
Russ Pullen 17 25 25 67
31 Team Polfrey 20 17 20 57
71 Kevin Tunaley 11 13 14 38
47 Wayne Ravenhall 15 14 9 38
92 Section4 9 15 10 34
77 Bernie Hook 10   17 27
100 Team Razor   12 15 27
73 Double A Racing 13   13 26
316 Team Castrol 25     25
62 James Limburn 14 7   21
50 Team Goldney   20   20
80 Team Wiggin 8 6   14
63 Team Buzzwagon     12 12
83 Nice But Dim Racing 12     12
111 John Cotton     11 11
44 Andy Griffith   11   11
39 Phil Jakeman   10   10
40 Wayne Hill   9   9
32 Fred Wilson   8   8
95 Nationwide Fire 503 7     7
130 Geoff Sweetman 6     6

 

Video from the last Open Race of the weekend.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47XkXlY7-D0

 Photo below courtesy of Rhiannon Black Photography - thanks Rhi!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Hovercraft Cruise

added by Emma on April 8, 2013 at 06:16

Last weekend saw the hovercraft community descend on Floridian waters for an organised cruise event. Weather looked awful, as you can see from the photo below. Back here in Blighty, it hit a balmy 7 degrees Centigrade yesterday.

Our Florida dealers, ProHover USA were in attendance with a couple of Marlins - hopefully we'll get more photos to show you in due course!

 

 


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