Australian LightWing

Our Inventions and the ALW Range of Products

Oz On Hold Telephone Messaging System

Oz On Hold is a very simple and easy to use computer program which runs on your office PC Computer. Simply load the program, connect to the the phone system and make sure you turn your computer on every day when you come to work!

To connect: Simply connect your PC headphones/speaker OUT plug to you rtelephone OnHold jack(What's this?) and your done! If you have any problems - Call us!

To get it running: Insert the OzOnHold Program, follow the simple instructions, select your customized message and press play!

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Precision Costing and Payroll

Precision Costing & Payroll is software that uses the speed and efficiency of barcode recognition to track and relate labor costs to job time. We estimate that in a business employing 10 staff with 10 customers, Precision Costing & Payroll will save up to 5 man hours per week. That's a saving of $5,000 ayear or more! 
Which is why we say Precision Costing & Payroll pays for itself over and over and over- because it really does!
Precision Costing & Payroll will tell you exactly what your labor costs are any time day or night! Whether you are an architect, plumber, dentist or accountant ... or an engineering shop, supermarket or vet, Precision Costing & Payroll will work for you. With reliable data, you can make good decisions - without it you are reduced to mere guesswork and crossed-fingers!

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The Cunning Cat - Catamaran

The Cunning Cat is a thirty foot (nine metre) Trailerable Catamaran, designed and manufactured in Ballina, NSW Australia.

The Cat sleeps five adults comfortably and features a saloon, Galley, two bathrooms - featuring shower and toilet, and ample relaxation and entertaining space. The Mast stands at eleven metres, with the mainsail and jib sail commanding a surface area of 42.7 sq.m, for a comfortable cruise speed of eight to ten knots.

Cunning Cat on the water, one of its two unique rigs uses 2 smaller sets of sails rather than one large one. This permits one or 2 man erection of the entire rig in less than an hour, also mast height is reduced for navigation under bridges on inland waterways. For a high aspect ratio rig we provide a 20% wing mast fully battened mainsail and roller furled jib.

A Little Sailing History

Having had extensive experience in manufacturing & design, and considering his Degrees in Architechture, a history with boat building and successful business of twenty five years, which manufactures the Ultralight- the Australian LightWing. He spearheaded an idea for a Catamaran, which you could pack up on a trailer, drive to where you wanted your holiday, set up and launch your boat and have a relaxing holiday.

Howie and wife, Jenny, decided that a boat you could drive around the bad weather was what they wanted. So Howie set out to design a 30 ft Catamaran which would be light and trailerable. Thus, we bring you, 'The Cunning Cat'. So, from dreams to drawing boards to reality, the Cunning Cat was born. The Cat sailed her maiden voyage on the 25th of February, 2001, and was extremely successful. The sails filling with the wind and cruising calmly along at about 8 knots exampling their aeronautically designed sailpower.

The Cunning Cat Specifications:
Sail Inventory

1,750kg empty

2,750 tonnes

Fresh Water Capacity:
400 litres max
Mainsail area:
32.4m sq
9 metres
2 by 15 hp
Jib Sail Area:
14.8 m sq
5.4 m (folded 2.5m)
Total Sail Area:
47.2 m sq
Mast Height:
11 metres
Length Water Line:
8.9 m
Completely Australian Manufactured and Designed

The tri or tandem axel trailer can be provided as an option by the Hughes Group, a welded frame permits the hulls to be separated from zero to 3m for assembly of the boat then wound back to zero separation for trailering. The system uses 4 sliding beams controlled by a central winch. We recommend a large car or a 4WD is used to tow the cat, the total load is approximately 1.9 tons. The Hughes Group can supply a complete trailer with electric brakes as standard.

Of course, it's possible to live on the boat on the road as the bunks and cooking are easily accessible with the boats boarding ladder.

The 20% wing is fabricated (riveted) from 6061T6 alloy in 3.6m sections. the mast is 600mm wide and 200mm thick. It is supported by 2 back stays, 2 intermediate side stays and one forstay. The sail areas are main 25.6 m sq, jib 10.2 m sq.

The design of Cunning Cat is an evolving process. Initially we thought that providing direct access from the galley area to the saloon via a hatch would weaken the hull in the area around the hatch but tests and engineering computations reveal this is not the case so the rear sliding hatches have been deleted and direct access is now in place. This means that the cook can talk to the crew while he / she is in the galley and also serve food directly from the galley to the saloon. The same access is also available from the single cabin to the saloon area. Scroll down for details. As of 8/2000 both hulls are finished and the main x-beams are being fabricated along with the rudders and rig

Cunning Cat (named partly in memory of Charlie Cunningham, designer of a range of successful multihulls including the QB2 and Quick Cat) achieves all our objectives. A trailerable boat with 2 double cabins each with its own shower and toilet, serious entertaining space with settee seating for 9, additional cabin space for 2 in single bunks.

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The ALW Flight Simulator

The reality of the flight simulator is marvellous and it's certainly more than possible to get a basic grounding in flight training from our system.

Navigation excersises can be carried out and also instrument flying. A GPS is on the screen at all times and quite a wide variety of aircraft can be loaded in to the computer and flown from jumbo jets to a simulation of our very own ALW SP2000.

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The Road-E Electric Vehicle

Hughes Engineering's desire to contribute to solutions to climate change has resulted in our development of what we hope will be Australia's first production, all Australian designed, three-seat, electric motor vehicle.

'The 'Road-e' is driven by state-of-the-art electronics and batteries and features an ultra-sleek and ultra-light aerodynamic body. Driving with a single rear wheel with two steerable wheels up front. And yes, there are a lot of similarities between the body of our Road-e and our Australian LightWing SP-2000 aircraft.

The CO2 emissions produced by the Road-e can be reduced to absolute zero by charging the vehicle from a home charging station based on solar and/or wind energy. Even if the vehicle is plugged into the grid for charging purposes, the amount of greenhouse gas produced per kilometre will be reduced to no more than 10 per cent of that which would be produced were the vehicle powered by burning fossil fuels.

The electricity stored in the Road-e's high tech batteries will cost no more than a dollar to charge, making the cost per kilometre over a 200km trip little more 2 cents per kilometre.

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The ALW - XY CAD Cut Table

Components of the Australian LightWing, and also parts of our other products have been created using the CAD Cut XY Table.

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