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The International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) is an all volunteer, not-for-profit organization of and for people who design, build, operate, or simply are interested in commercial, military, research, or recreational hydrofoils of any size... power (including human power!) or sail. Other sites are beautiful, but this site is fast, lean, and totally devoted to hydrofoils. Every page, every word, on the IHS site has been created by hand through the contributions of our members and the people who correspond with us. You too can participate, whether you are a member or not.
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Last updated October 19, 2014
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To all Members of IHS,
It is with regret and sadness that I pass along the news of John Meyer’s death. John had been battling cancer and was recently in the hospital for treatment. He elected to return home on 10 April and passed away on 11 April 2014.
Please keep John's wife, Gigi and his sons, Kurt and Craig, in your thoughts and prayers.
Mark R. Bebar
A more detailed Memorial to John can be found here: In memorium IHS Past President, John R. Meyer Jr.
Last updated October 19, 2014
Our last JOINT DINNER MEETING of SNAME SD-5 PANEL AND INTERNATIONAL HYDROFOIL SOCIETY was held Thursday, 16 October 2014. The Topic was: "50 Years of Hovercraft in the USA Put into Perspective".
The Speaker: Warwick Jacobs, Trustee, the Hovercraft Museum has kindly made the presentation available for our members who could not attend.
Topic: 50 Years of Hovercraft in the USA Put into Perspective
Speaker: Warwick Jacobs, Trustee, the Hovercraft Museum
Although the hovercraft was officially invented in the UK back in 1955, the US has had a long
association with it and has now seen half a century of activity and contributions to it. From
GEMs (Ground Effect Machines) to ACVs (Air Cushion Vehicles) to SES (Surface Effect
Ships), the “hover craft” has had a presence in the US, and Warwick will discuss both its
military and civilian roles and explain the successes and failures. From the San Francisco ferries
and Vietnam conflict in the 1960s to the dream of a 100-knot Navy to present day giant military
craft worldwide, he will trace the rich diversity of hovercraft and what the future may hold. He'll
touch on today's hovercraft sporting and cruising clubs and their great differences from the UK.
Warwick Jacobs is a trustee of the Hovercraft Museum in England and one of its founders. The
Museum now has over 70 full-size craft, including the SR.N4, the largest civilian hovercraft ever
built. He has been a hovercraft enthusiast from the age of four and has seen (and now acquired)
many of them. He knew Sir Christopher Cockerell, the hovercraft inventor, and was even
commissioned to paint his portrait (he's also a professional painter). Earlier he worked with the
ferry operator Hovertravel and cofounded and ran the company HoverHire. In 2012 he helped
HoverAid in southern Madagascar with their Hovering Doctor service.
Warwick's University of London degree specialized in transport geography, his thesis being
“The Hovercraft and the Difficulty in Finding a Modal Role.” He was for 15 years the honorary
Secretary of the Hovercraft Society.
Our last joint dinner meeting with SNAME SD-5 PANEL and INTERNATIONAL HYDROFOIL SOCIETY with ASNE Day was held on 20 Feb. 2014, covering the MK V Patrol Boat.
IHS and SD-5 Joint Meeting Presentation (Click here for Presentation)
Technical Prograam Guest Speakers: Bryant Bernhard and Vincent Almerico, Jr.
of United States Marine, Inc.
United States Marine, Inc. designs and builds high-performance craft in aluminum and in advanced composites for the US and Foreign Military Sales military markets. The 27m MK V Patrol Boat and its Assault Craft variant are the culmination of over 25 years of MK V variants produced for US Special Operations Forces and subsequently for FMS customers. They are heavily armed for their size and have an operational speed of 45 knots, and their high-deadrise hull provides excellent stability characteristics along with significant seakindliness. This is the same hullform as the original 82m air-deployable Mk V SOC craft. USMI also produces the 11m RIB for Naval Special Warfare and the SOC-R for USSOCOM.
Bryant Bernhard is President of USMI. He earned his Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience. He has had extensive design and construction experience utilizing advanced materials and systems in high-performance ships and craft for both military and commercial
Vincent Almerico, Jr. is the MK V Project Manager. With over 50 years experience in the
industry, he is responsible for the coordination of the company's engineering, procurement, production, customer communication and contract administration activities.
Last updated October 19, 2014
For the past 20 years there has been a Maritime Festival in Tacoma, Washington, at the Foss Waterway Seaport. You can see what's there at http://www.maritimefest.org/ and find out more about the Seaport itself at http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/ , on twitter at https://twitter.com/MaritimeFest and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/maritimefest
In recent years this event has attracted 8,000 - 10,000 people over a Saturday and Sunday.
This year's Maritime Fest was on August 24-25, and the International Hydrofoil Society participated.
To see more details, go to the Fourth Quarter IHS Newsletter below.
Sustaining Members are corporations, companies institutions and other organizations who wish to support the work of the Society.
Island Engineering, formed in 1999, is dedicated to design and engineering support of high performance marine vehicles - primarily for the development of advanced ride control systems.
Island Engineering is one of a very few companies that specialize in providing the stabilization and motion control that a ship or craft requires in order to be able to accomplish its purposes. That may involve ensuring a ship-launched weapon will hit its target, or a helicopter or Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat can be deployed safely, or a yacht owner's martini won't spill. Requirements and solutions can vary widely from one case to the next, and Island Engineering has dealt with a wide variety of ships, craft and equipment involved in such solutions. Island Engineering handles all aspects of this work, from basic analysis to design and engineering, all the way to fabrication and shipboard installation of stabilization systems.
Moreover, the company is well known for its ability and willingness to tackle all manner of unusual and challenging engineering projects.
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) provides a mix of scientists, engineers, naval architects and technicians who are motivated to move ideas from concept through design and prototype. NAIAD DYNAMICS Naiad Dynamics world leader in ship motion solutions is the fusion of the legendary Stabilizer and Ride Control System manufacturers Naiad Marine Systems, Maritime Dynamics, Vosper Motion Control, Vosper Stabilizers, VT Marine Products and Koopnautic Holland.
On-Line (BBS) should be used for all current Discussions.
New!!! Even More Advanced Marine Vehicles (AMVs) CD Data Available. Nov 2007 IHS announces the Fourth Advanced Marine Vehicle (AMV) CD-ROM in its series of reference and historical AMV document releases. The new CD has 74 documents:
Want details? Click Here to view a Table of Contents and abstracts for each document on the CD. Cost is only US$12.00 for IHS members; US$15.00 for nonmembers. This includes postage worldwide. IHS accepts payment by personal check, bank check, money order or cash (all in US dollars only).We have also arranged for payment by credit card (online only!).
Note: AMV CD-ROM #1, #2 and #3 the first three CDs in this series, are still available for sale.
Click Here for ordering instructions.
ALSO New!!! ALL Back-issues of IHS NEWSLETTERS (1978-2013) Available. IHS announces the consolidation and indexing of all IHS NEWSLETTERS onto a CD.
Want details? Click Here for an Index and abstracts for each document on the CD. Cost is only US$12.00 for IHS members; US$15.00 for nonmembers. This includes postage worldwide. IHS accepts payment by personal check, bank check, money order or cash (all in US dollars only).We have also arranged for payment by credit card (online only!).
Note: The current and just past issues are always available to IHS Memebers for immediate download at this page.
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Electronic Copy in Adobe Acrobat format available NOW to members in good standing. Click Here.
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