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Title: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Chris Simpson on Mar 27, 2014, 11:25 am
Hi all


I'm helping compile a list of Hoverhawks - their owners & current location. If anyone knows the possible location or owner of one could you let me know?


I'm obviously aware of the Museum craft  ;)


Thanks!
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Gary Firth (Gazza) on Mar 27, 2014, 11:29 am
I sold 2 kipor v twin engines to a chap. He said they where going on a hover hawk.
That was 2009 I think.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Chris Simpson on Mar 27, 2014, 11:48 am
That's great Gazza

Can remember the chap in question or have any contact details?
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Sorcha on Mar 27, 2014, 12:50 pm
The sides & the front of the cabin remind me of the hover truck. 
 
Hi all


I'm helping compile a list of Hoverhawks - their owners & current location. If anyone knows the possible location or owner of one could you let me know?


I'm obviously aware of the Museum craft  ;)


Thanks!
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Russ Hudson on Mar 27, 2014, 1:45 pm
Ken has one on at home which is being refitted but I don't know who its for.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Philip on Mar 28, 2014, 11:24 pm
Anybody know what became of the one that was for sale in Waterford a while back?
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Alan Wright on Apr 03, 2014, 2:09 am
I also would be interested to know as I was half of the two man design team for Hover-Air with Mick Hart. I was employed there from 1967 until they closed in 1971. I would be interested to hear from any others who were associated with the company.
Alan Wright
Ontario
Canada
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 2:42 am
hi have this a few years now bought it when i was 17 for 400 euro.have one engine rebuilt and running still have to finish the others but time and money is tight so id say give her a few more years before it will be back up and running again .
(http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt162/dillontobin/HPIM0931.jpg) (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/dillontobin/media/HPIM0931.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Philip on Jul 17, 2015, 2:44 am
Hi Dillon, whereabouts are you?
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 2:46 am
im in co.cork ireland
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Philip on Jul 17, 2015, 2:47 am
Cork's a big place, I'm based in Tralee.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 2:48 am
a pic of when i found her


(http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt162/dillontobin/sdcardpics292.jpg) (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/dillontobin/media/sdcardpics292.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 2:50 am
hi im from just outside fermoy
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 2:51 am
(http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt162/dillontobin/Image024.jpg) (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/dillontobin/media/Image024.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Philip on Jul 17, 2015, 2:56 am
Do you know the history of that particular craft ? 
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 3:02 am
not much really .all i was told was that it spent most its live in scotland and was used for coast guard if thats true or not im not sure  .and that it came to ireland in 1996
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Philip on Jul 17, 2015, 3:06 am
I'll be back home next week and give you a call .Is that the craft that was further down rthe Blackwater?
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: dillontobin on Jul 17, 2015, 3:11 am
no not the same one that one was the one from waterford.this has not run from about 1998 was used only twice in ireland. never by myself
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Donal on Jul 19, 2015, 1:22 am
Hi Dillon if you ever decide to sell her give me a shout I'm in westmeath nr mullingar. Shanksfirefly@gmail.com. I missed out on one that sold near Southampton on eBay a few months ago. Or if anyone has one for sale get in touch ... Cheers Donal
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Paul Newland on Sep 08, 2015, 7:27 pm
www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kayaks-jet-skis/ha5-hovercraft-mk-iiiw/1132598091
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Gary Firth (Gazza) on Sep 10, 2015, 1:15 pm
a lot of work for little reward.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: John Carter (jchovernut) on Sep 17, 2015, 10:16 am
How's their performance?  Three engines!!
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Kip on Sep 17, 2015, 3:19 pm
Any one got a very long barge pole?
Totally agree with Gazza. Just look at the weight apart from other factors
Kip.
Ps, JC , I appreciate you may not get the barge pole reference
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Sorcha on Sep 17, 2015, 4:56 pm
My current build is pretty close to the size of that thing, After looking at the stats for it, I'll stick with what I'm building.  I have over an inch more hover height, top speed is about what I am expecting to get, & weight, mine is anorexic compared to big Bertha in that advert.

Can I borrow your barge pole Kip  ;D
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: PepperPerformance on Mar 17, 2018, 8:59 am
Hi all
chassis 009 is now in Edinburgh
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Ian Brooks on Mar 17, 2018, 2:18 pm
Nice! How does she run? Any plans to use her?

Ian
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Nick Flint on Mar 18, 2018, 10:19 am
Looks super. Good colour 8)
I have an unused "new"  prop, from a wankel powered craft from "quite a while back" ::)
I seem to remember it was from "bankrupt" stock.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: PepperPerformance on Mar 22, 2018, 5:10 pm
Runs sweet. A credit to all those who have worked on it before me.
Few items to upgrade and improve for longevity and vanity. cosmetics and paint.
Planning to gets lots of use from it.
Considering taking it to the club cruise at Loch Fyne. Not sure how well it will perform, only one way to find out.
Going through a few trials here on land before I hit the beaches at Crammond.
Should have the nut and bolt check completed and paint marked  by the weekend.
I plan to take it out to shows and events throughout the year. Going to pick the best adventures.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 22, 2018, 8:54 pm
This guide will help prep the electrics for salt water use:
http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=465.0;attach=25 (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=465.0;attach=25)

... and this will help prep the pilot  :D
http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?action=ezportal;sa=page;p=9 (http://hoverclub.org.uk/index.php?action=ezportal;sa=page;p=9)


You'll need to be very careful on Cramond beach - it can be busy with walkers and others (it's also not as flat as it might look from a distance!).   In general, it's much safer to operate on the water - it might be better to wait until the tide comes in (it's quite shallow in that area) which then allows recovery if needed - without being too pessimistic ;) ).
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: PepperPerformance on Mar 23, 2018, 3:50 pm
Thankyou John


Still at land trials for a bit.
Appreciate the advice about crammond.
I have several other secluded beaches with car access in mind over in East Lothian.
The marinisation guide is next weeks work.
Finished off bolt check last night and all bolts torque sealed.
See which ones come out again.
Fire Extinguishers go in tonight
I am quite fortunate that i have been able to engage a couple of my neighbors with 24' RIBs to support me on the first water trials.
Not convinced of reliability of the craft yet.
I'll post some pictures of progress over the weekend.
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: John Robertson on Mar 31, 2018, 11:36 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztq6AG49v7I&feature=share
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: tomtilley on Apr 02, 2018, 12:10 pm
I believe the Hoverhawk HA5 was built in the Whittlesey Factory around the late 1960's early 1970's.  The factory closed down shortly afterwards.
                                       Tom
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Johnb on Sep 29, 2018, 4:05 am
Hi Chris, Just saw your post yesterday. Don't know if you are still interested but I have one and it is in New Zealand.   
Title: Re: Hover-Air Hoverhawk HA5 Whereabouts
Post by: Alan Wright on Oct 21, 2018, 9:15 pm
I was one of the two designers of the Hover Hawk. I was with the company from 1967 to the close in 1971. Mick Hart was the other part of the design team. I emigrated to Canada in 1980. I am not sure what happened to Mick.