As well as attending organised shows, the MHA also organises meetings for its members. These vary between technical meetings where we may invite a guest speaker to present a topic of interest, to fun days where we can get together and learn from one anothers experiences building and operating hovercraft, and of course 'play' with them!
Below is a selection of past meetings we've held which should give you an idea of the kinds of things we get up to.
A technical meeting held at the Hovercraft Museum near Gosport in February 2005 was enjoyed by members, where we were treated to a talk by Ralph Arrow on the design and construction of his model LCAC
We were also given a talk by Mark Porter on model skirt design
Members also got to show off their latest models
And there was plenty of opportunity for a general chinwag
The MHA regularly visits Bournville Model Boat lake in Birmingham for a 'playday', thanks to the kind invitation of the Bournville Model Boat Club.
And it's not necessarily all hovercraft, particularly when the locals join in!
It can be a nice relaxing day out
And educational too
A chance to try out the latest creations without an audience of strangers
We nearly always get a good turnout
We even try a few games - this is a rather feeble attempt at hover football
We were very lucky to be invited to Griffon Hovercraft's headquarters in Gosport
We were given a tour of the works, and got to see a 2000TDX under construction
John Gifford answered our many questions...
...and then he took us for a ride in the demonstrator!
What a ride!
Oi, get out of the way of the hovercraft, I'm trying to take a photo!
All at sea
So that's what it feels like to go sideways!
A rare view under the deck with the skirt off
One of the Royal Marine's craft in for a service, and an opportunity for Stan to check for accuracy on his model
What a happy bunch!
We were treated to a talk by Jim Morley of Morley Helicopters
After the talk, Jim demonstrated a couple of his smaller models utilising multi-rotor heads.
The museum is a favourite venue of the MHA as it has good space for meetings, plus access to historic models.
Another of Jim's helis
Another of our favourite venues, Season's has plenty of space for talks...
...like this one on hovercraft physics...
...and allows us to set up a large indoor operating area
We often challenge ourselves to steering competitions, which are tricky in a tight space - think shopping trolley on an ice rink covered in landmines!
More skillful driving
What a handsome team!