FAQ about the Designer
Frequently Asked Questions
How long has the designer for ACV Designs,
been working on hovercraft?
Ron Fishlock has been working on hovercraft since he was 11 years
old. That was back in 1959 when he watched on television for the
very first time, the first man carrying SRN1 hovercraft operating
on the River Thames outside the houses of parliament. Has he so
often says, something in his head went SNAP, and he's been hooked
Has he worked in the hovercraft industry at
Yes, most of his working life has been spent in the hovercraft industry.
He joined HDL in the U.K. when he was just 17 years. Hovercraft
Development Ltd., HDL, was the original hovercraft licensing authority
made up of 70 or so scientists, engineers, technologists and technical
assistants, of which the later, Ron was one. He worked on dynamic
model testing, these models being the size of some small homebuilt
craft you see today and a lot of time on skirt development. After
several years, he joined Hovermarine Ltd., where he became the companies
skirt specialist. He moved to Canada in 1972 where he worked for
a couple of small hovercraft companies before forming his own companies,
Canadian Cushion Craft Ltd. and more recently Canair Hovercraft
How many hovercraft has this designer been responsible for ?
13 craft to date. Some of these might be recognized by name, his
first being the Airsport 1 (A joint effort) and Mistral, built and
operated in the U.K. Mistral II, is soon to be released as a plan
set through ACV Designs. Chinook, his first design in Canada, &
Chinook II (soon to be released), the Canair 300 and 500/2, Mini-Lifter
and the Hoversled (soon to be released). All of these craft were
designed for the homebuilder, although one company did manufacture
the Chinook as a commercial recreational craft for a number of years
back in the late 70's. In his professional career, he designed the
commercial Canair 2, an all FRP craft, and during the last 10 years
was the designer of the Canair 500 series of craft from a 2 seat
enclosed 502, the 4 seat 504, 6 seat 506, 9 seat 509 and the largest,
the Canair 512, a 12 seat craft.
What is the designers philosophy when it comes
to hovercraft ?
Now that's a good question ! He say he feels its important to always
be creative. To recognize the weaknesses in current hovercraft designs,
his own and others in general and strive to improve them. He recognizes
that a good design is one most people will look at and say, that
obvious !, yet may never have come up with that idea themselves.
However, he believes that some old ideas still have a place today,
until they are surpassed by improved technology.
info on Ron Fishlock go to the About TPD Designs