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. 





13 December, 2015

Russian counterfeiter – AirWing.ru – illegally copies the Neoteric HoverTrek™

Due to their sleek design, state-of-the-art engineering, patented reverse thrust system, and more than 40 years of proven excellence, the Neoteric HoverTrekis an extremely popular hovercraft. Unfortunately this also makes the HoverTreka favorite target for industrial espionage and intellectual property infringement.

In a recent report to Congress, the U.S. national Counterintelligence Executive named China as the world's worst counterfeiter, followed closely by Russia. The Russian Interior Ministry reports that nearly a third of every product sold to consumers in Russia is counterfeit.

AirWing (AKA Production Company MSK / 000 Aeroslava) in St. Petersburg, Russia is committing industrial/economic espionage and intellectual property theft against Neoteric by illegally manufacturing counterfeit copies of our HoverTrekand using copyrighted material owned by Neoteric to falsely market them as a Neoteric product. 

Neoteric and our licensed agent in Russia, LL Sirius / Christy Hovercraft, have been working with Russia's General Directorate Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as with the FBI, CIA, U.S. Department of Commerce and other agencies to stop AirWing's crimes. 

AirWing has not complied with the Cease and Desist orders issued to them, as evidenced by this video recently posted on YouTube, which shows a modified counterfeit HoverTrek™ illegally manufactured by AirWing ...


AirWing has marketed their counterfeit hovercraft as the "Niaterek", the "AirWing Neoteric" and most blatantly as the "Neoteric HoverTrek". In a 2013 court action, AirWing directly admitted to committing intellectual property theft, saying that they used these names because they would attract more customers who would associate them with "the famous American manufacturer."

This problem cannot be underestimated. This is not a simple matter of knock-off Gucci handbags or Rolex watches. Since hovercraft are increasingly used in rescue operations, there is serious international concern that these illegal counterfeits are a major threat to the lives of first responders as well as to the lives of those they are tasked to save. 

And while the bottom line of a business may take second place to the health and safety of consumers, the economic loss due to counterfeiting is huge. Intellectual property theft and counterfeiting inflicts serious damage on the U.S. economy. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property found “the scale of international theft of American IP to be unprecedented,” causing at least $320 billion in annual economic losses to the U.S. and job losses “running into the millions."

The FBI says the Cold War is not over. It has merely become the Economic War, and economic espionage has been designated as the FBI's #2 priority - second only to terrorism.

For these reasons, Neoteric strongly urges all potential hovercraft buyers in every nation to:

1) Thoroughly research companies to make sure that you're buying from the original, experienced, reputable hovercraft manufacturer and not a counterfeiter. 

2) Check the World Hovercraft Organization's Ripoff Report 
to stay informed on what hovercraft companies are counterfeiters.




07 December, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft makes ice rescues safer

The following article about the Branch County Sheriff's Department's Neoteric rescue hovercraft was published in Michigan's Shoreline Magazine ...


Branch County hovercraft can help
make ice rescues safer
by Christy Hart-Harris


Sgt. Rick Holtgrave pilots the Department's Neoteric hovercraft. He and Branch County Sheriff John Pollack agree that the hovercraft is an invaluable tool for ice rescues.


Winter is fast approaching and with the cold temperatures come ice and winter sports. Among the more popular winter sports are ice fishing, ice skating and sledding. Those who have grown up on one of the many lakes in Michiana know how much fun all these winter activities can be.

With vast hills along the lake shores, many kids enjoy sledding down them to the iced-over lake below whiles others prefer to show off their skills with a figure 8 or race their friends on ice skates.

Then there is the most popular winter activity among Michiganders – ice fishing. It is considered by many to be a very relaxing way to spend the day.

Simply walking on the ice can be a unique experience, especially when the snow obscures the view of what lies beneath. Like any activities, safety should be the top priority when on the ice.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises those who venture out on the ice this winter to “steer clear of dark spots or places where the snow looks discolored.”

Important rules to follow when on the ice include:
·         Never go alone.
·         Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
·         Always test the ice with a spud.
·         Take the appropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket and ice picks.
·         Take a cell phone in case you need to call for help.
·         Dress in your warmest winter clothes.
·         Fill a Thermos with hot coffee, chocolate or tea.

Although lake goers may think the danger of drowning is more prevalent during the summer months, drowning is the seventh leading cause of accidental death in the United States, even in the winter.

For this reason, Sgt. Rick Holtgrave of the Branch County Marine Control purchased a hovercraft to assist the Branch County Sheriff’s Department eight-member dive team in rescue missions.

“I purchased this thinking, ‘Okay, we have a tool in the tool box,’” Holtgrave said. “It’s not the only tool, but it is a tool for all of us to utilize in a rescue mission. It’s there if we need it.”

Holtgrave and Branch County Sheriff John Pollack agree that the hovercraft is a vital tool when dealing with iced-over lakes and ice activities in the winter.

The hovercraft has the capability of skimming over thin ice, water, mud and grass. By using this tool, rescuers will be able to save the lives of those who may fall through the ice while preserving the safety of the rescue teams.

With the ability to hold at least 900 pounds, the hovercraft works by pushing air from the engine out of the back of the craft. In return, that air fills each one of the skirts along the base. Maintaining the RPMs and utilizing the reverse thrust keeps the craft operating properly.

“We’re in the process of training,” Pollack said. “We need to train a second operator in case Rick is not available. We need to train officers so they know what to expect from the craft so they know its limitations and what it can do. The fire department is on board with training. They won’t operate it; they just need to know when to call it out and when not to, what it is capable of doing. Rick is the only one currently trained on it.”

The hovercraft is capable of going 60 mph forward and 26 mph backward. Its capability is also critical in residential areas that may become flooded because underwater obstacles such as fences, fallen trees, submerged walls and vehicles cannot affect the craft.

“The biggest thing for us is the ice, particularly thin ice,” Pollack said. “Two problems that we have are human and animal. Whenever we have a rescue on thin ice, our option is to utilize the fire department. They are tethered on a 20-foot rope. Beyond that it’s too far for them to go. It becomes too difficult to rescue the rescuers.”

“All those dangers are what we used to have to face, but now with this hovercraft we can get out there, make the rescue and get right back. It gives the rescuer a secure platform to get the rescue done,” Pollack said. “It will save us on personnel. The fire department will send two or three trucks and it may be a dog that needs to be rescued. Most people are like, oh it’s a dog, no big deal but, if you can imagine if it were your dog, you would want to save it. If we didn’t, when we leave, what are they going to do? They are going to go out on that ice and save it, so it’s best for us to go out and save it so the owner doesn’t.”

Pollack said in the near future they hope to be able to share the hovercraft with surrounding counties.