20 April, 2016

Why should you visit Booth 2540 at the FDIC this week?

First responders, does your department still rely on ropes, boats and other apparatus for water, ice and mud rescues? Come to Booth 2540 this Thursday through Saturday at the FDIC in Indianapolis and see first-hand how a Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft can significantly improve the safety, ease, speed and success of your rescue operations ...

Watch just one example of why first responders prefer hovercraft to other rescue vehicles …

Flat bottom Jon Boats and other propeller-driven watercraft are of little use for shallow water, swiftwater, flood, ice and mud rescues. They can pose a serious danger to first responders and to those whose lives they are tasked to save.

But don’t just take our word for it. Below are examples of how first responders around the world compare their Neoteric Hovercraft to other rescue vehicles …

Roswell Fire Department, Georgia:
"On low water, our aluminum boat can only go so far. With the hovercraft, we can travel over rocks, shallow water, sandbars."

Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue Society, Canada:
"The hovercraft gets us into areas that, before, we weren't able to reach, areas that our jet boat can't get into because we ingest debris into the impeller. And the hovercraft saves us a lot of time."

Council Bluffs Fire Department, Iowa:
"Our hovercraft can handle some of the most dangerous rescues that would otherwise be out of reach. It's the only vehicle able to operate on any surface; you can get it anywhere that basically nothing else can get to. With it, we're not sending first responders out into bad water or ice. We can go over it all with the hovercraft, grab the victim and bring them back."

North Muskegon Fire Department, Michigan:
"Our hovercraft have saved more lives that all our fire engines combined. Since 1985, more than 255 people have been rescued from Muskegon area lakes using the hovercraft. More than half of them would have drowned not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool."

Mansfield Fire Department, Texas:
"The benefit of having the hovercraft is we do not have to send our personnel into the water to retrieve victims. It can also hover over logs, car tires and any other debris, unlike boats, that could be a hazard in the water. A hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue - a safer rescue."

Snohomish County Fire District 19, Washington:
"Our hovercraft is able to quickly and safely access almost any environment. They have become a critical tool in our rescue team's operations."

Davis County Sheriff's Office, Utah:
"Our hovercraft, without question, has saved lives. Much of our county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. We can't get airboats out there. When it's extremely windy it's hard to get an aircraft or helicopter out there, and even walking out is impossible. We were putting rescuers in harm's way, but the hovercraft allows us to hover over mud, ice or water and get right to the patient - to literally reach out our hand and pull them out."

Learn much more - and see how you can save lives more safely than ever before - 
at Neoteric's Booth 2540 at this year's FDIC in Indianapolis, IN.

06 March, 2016

First responders: Don't miss Neoteric at the FDIC

The FDIC (Fire Department Instructor Conference) is the world’s largest fire training-based conference and exhibition, attended by more than 35,000 firefighters, fire chiefs, officers and instructors from more than 53 nations. It’s the fire industry’s most comprehensive exhibition, showcasing more than 1,000 companies who manufacture and supply firefighting/rescue apparatus and technology.

This year, Neoteric and Hovercraft Training Centers are honored to be the only rescue hovercraft and hovercraft flight training exhibitor at the FDIC. The event will take place April 18-23 at the Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN …

The FDIC is held at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Opened in 2008,
the Stadium replaced the RCA Dome as the home field of the Indianapolis Colts.

As a quick preview, here are photos taken during the hand-manufacture of the two Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft that will be on display at the FDIC ...
A stretcher mount is installed on the Neoteric 4-passenger rescue hovercraft to be exhibited at the FDIC.

The skirt retention strip is installed on the Neoteric 6-passenger rescue hovercraft, also to be on exhibit.

It's only fitting that the FDIC, with its 87-year mission of training the fire service, is including Neoteric - the world's original light hovercraft manufacturer whose rescue hovercraft have been saving lives safely for more than 40 years in over 50 countries.

Visit us at Booth 2540 during this year’s FDIC and let us show you the safest, quickest way to rescue ice, water, mud and flood victims. A Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft will take you where no other vehicle can go, on the only hovercraft with reverse thrust for braking and backing up – critical in rescue operations. 

It's the most versatile rescue apparatus available. And it keeps you above the danger
 – not in it.

19 January, 2016

A Week of Historic Hovercraft ‘Firsts’

From Washington D.C. to Arizona, this is a week of hovercraft ‘firsts’ in the U.S.

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear its first hovercraft case in history, Sturgeon v.Masica et al.

And, on a lighter side, at the Havasu Balloon Festival in Arizona, Neoteric customer Gary Meyers has discovered a brand new use for his HoverTrek™. For the first time ever, a hovercraft was used to inflate a hot air balloon. Watch the video …

We all know a Neoteric hovercraft can take you where no other vehicle can go. But now we see its usefulness covers even more territory!

But maybe this isn’t news to you ...

 Leave a comment and let us know what unusual ways you’ve used your hovercraft!

12 January, 2016

Supreme Court to determine hovercraft use

A hovercraft can take you just about anywhere – even to the U.S. Supreme Court.

There are places, however, where a hovercraft cannot take you … places such as every national park in the United States, where the National Park Service forbids hovercraft use. This ban is at the heart of the first hovercraft case in history to come before the Supreme Court. Sturgeon v. Masica, et al. will be heard next Wednesday, January 20 … and the final verdict could affect you personally.

This video helps explain what is at stake in this lawsuit filed against the National Park Service by John Sturgeon of Anchorage, Alaska, a long-time member of the Hoverclub of America …

Sturgeon v. Masica, et al. is about much more than one man and his hovercraft, or even about only one state. There is a possibility that the Supreme Court’s decision could have a nationwide impact and be of great significance to all hovercraft owners.

The case asserts that navigable waters on federal land are state-owned, and that federal land regulations - such as the ban on hovercraft in national parks – infringe upon state sovereignty in a way that exceeds the constitutional powers of Congress. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Sturgeon, it could apply that ruling to Alaska only, or it could apply the ruling to the entire United States. That means this case could possibly lead to fewer restrictions on your hovercraft use.

That’s why we encourage you to help John with his case, because it could be your case, too. The lawsuit has been in the lower courts for several years, and so far John has personally footed most of the $300,000+ bill. This is a 100% public interest lawsuit, which means if the Court decides in John’s favor, he won’t win money or anything else. He’s fighting strictly for the rights of the public – your rights.

But justice does not come cheap. Warren Olson, Chairman of Trustees of the Alaska Outdoor Council, one of the many organizations supporting John Sturgeon, explains, “$450,000 is the standard cost to appear before the Supreme Court. We’re promoting the cost of a “tank of gas” so John can go to Washington D.C. It’s amazing that boat owners throughout the entire nation with serious investments in outdoor equipment have to go to the “boiler room” to chip in for a “tank of gas.”

All of us at Neoteric urge you to click the button below and make a tax deductible donation to this important cause – one that could affect your hovercraft use in the future. 

The Supreme Court decision on Sturgeon v. Masica, et al.
will be handed down this summer. Until then, follow our blog 
and visit the Neoteric website for new developments.