20 February, 2017

Star attraction at Voyageur Winter Carnival: Neoteric Hovercraft rides

Canada’s Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay is the largest winter event in Northwestern Ontario. And Fort William Historical Park is one of the largest living history attractions in North America, bringing visitors from all over the world.

The Park’s 2017 Winter Carnival, known as Family Day Weekend, took place Feb. 18-20 and, as always, offered a weekend full of fun with a giant snow maze, tubing and sliding hills, skating, winter and carnival games, historical activities and indoor & outdoor entertaining. But something new was announced on their website this year ...

New this year – Hovercraft Rides!
Take an exhilarating ride and experience the Kamanistiquia River like you never have before – 
on a Neoteric Hovercraft!
Yes! Neoteric Hovercraft rides were the main attraction at the 2017 year’s Winter Carnival. In the past, helicopter rides were sometimes offered, but this year it was decided that hovercraft would be more exciting. Emily Carr, Communications Officer with Fort Williams Historical Park said, “New this year, we’re excited to have hovercraft rides. Visitors will be able to experience the Kamanistiquia River from a whole new exhilarating perspective. These hovercraft can go on ice and snow and take people down the Kam.

The rides were piloted by Neoteric Founder/President Chris Fitzgerald and Vice President Steve Stafford on a 6-passenger Neoteric HoverTrek and a 4-passenger Neoteric HoverGolf Cart – the official replica of Bubba’s Hover, which was designed and manufactured by Neoteric.

On the first day of the Winter Carnival, visitors begin to line up for their first hovercraft ride.
People who took rides on the hovercraft were even more excited after the ride than they were before they launched. Sarah McKinnon, who attended the event with her husband and daughter, said, “The hovercraft was super cool. It was a lot of fun. I’m surprised by how fun it was actually.”

Chris Fitzgerald gives his passengers a few spins on the snow and ice-covered
Kamanistiquia River in Neoteric’s Bubba’s Hover.
After Thunder Bay’s John Lawson and his daughter Myla took a ride, he said, “There’s nothing quite like it. It’s a unique experience and I think everyone should give it a shot. Floating on a cushion of air isn’t something you do every day and it’s nice that the park had the opportunity to have this out here.”

Neoteric Vice President Steve Stafford flies a family down the Kamanistiquia River in a Neoteric HoverTrek. 

The hovercraft rides were definitely the star of the show and got a big "thumbs up" from everyone!
Today, the final day of the Voyageur Winter Carnival, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald reported in. “I wish I had a way to capture all the positive comments we’ve gotten. One fellow came back specifically to tell us that it was the best ride of his entire life. Kids love it, as well. I spent time with them to explain how hovercraft work and they really seem to appreciate this.”

“Everyone says we have the best job in the world, taking people for fun rides”, Fitzgerald concluded.

Neither snow nor ice nor water hazards and sand traps are an obstacle for a Neoteric Hovercraft.
Here, the Neoteric Bubba’s Hover gives another group of passengers their first hovercraft flight.
At the close of the highly successful 2017 Voyageur Winter Carnival, the two Neoteric hovercraft are loaded and ready for their long trek from Ontario back to Indiana ... 

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Event Organizers & Venues: 

Imagine the increased attendance and media attention your upcoming events
would bring with Neoteric Hovercraft rides as the star attraction. 
Then contact us to make it happen!




12 February, 2017

A Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft saves another life

Yesterday in Iowa the Council Bluffs Fire Department rescued a fisherman who had fallen through the ice on Lake Manawa and was submerged in icy water while clinging to the ice shelf.

Captain Jim Maaske reported that their Neoteric hovercraft allowed the firefighters to quickly find the man and hover directly to him without putting themselves at risk. Thanks to his rapid rescue, the fisherman was checked by EMS personnel and released.
Council Bluffs Firefighters discuss the situation after their successful ice rescue.
The Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft is the only vehicle able to operate on thin and broken ice.
It prevents first responders from having to enter the freezing water, risking their own lives.
Council Bluffs has owned their Neoteric Hovercraft since 2015, and this is far from the first life it has saved. Less than a month after its purchase, the hovercraft enabled the rescue of a young man submerged in a flooded, muddy river. Fire Chief Justin James said there was more than 60 feet of deep mud on the shores of the West Nodaway River and 20 feet of shallow water to cross before reaching the victim. Chief James reported, "The amount of time it took us to get out there would have been drastically longer if we didn't have the hovercraft."

Along with speeding up rescue operations, the hovercraft also keeps first responders safe. As Chief James says,
 "The hovercraft is a very stable platform, and we're not getting in the water. It's not going to sink. It won't capsize like a canoe or other boat. 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 into bad water or ice. We can go over it all with the hovercraft, grab the victim and bring them back."


First Responders:
See firsthand what a rescue hovercraft can do ...

... and register to win one of three FREE Hovercraft Pilot Training Courses!
(Valued at $1,575 each)


22 January, 2017

First Responders: Don’t miss Neoteric Hovercraft at FDIC 2017 - Booth #2704

The FDIC (Fire Department Instructor Conference) is the world’s largest firefighter conference and expo, attended by more than 35,000 firefighters, chiefs and instructors from more than 53 nations.

Neoteric and HovercraftTraining Centers are honored to be the only rescue hovercraft and flight training exhibitor featured at the FDIC this year. The event takes place April 24-29 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

If your department still relies on ropes, boats and other apparatus for water, ice and mud rescues, you’ll definitely want to visit us at Booth #2704 to watch videos of hovercraft rescue operations, see a remote-controlled hovercraft in action, let us answer all your questions – and register to win one of three free Hovercraft Pilot Training Courses, valued at $1,575 each!    

The Neoteric Hovercraft booth at last year's FDIC.
Flat bottom Jon boats and other propeller-driven watercraft are of questionable use in shallow water, swiftwater, flood, ice and mud rescues, and can pose a serious danger to you and to the lives you’re tasked to save. Come see how a Neoteric rescue hovercraft can greatly improve the safety, ease, speed and success of your rescue operations … while keeping you above the danger – not in it. It quickly flies you into areas where no other vehicle can go, and it’s the only hovercraft with the ability to brake and back up.

But don’t just take our word for it. See what first responders around the world say about their Neoteric Hovercraft in comparison to other rescue vehicles …

Council Bluffs Fire Department, Iowa:


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."

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."

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."

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."


Learn much more - and see how you can save lives more safely than ever before - 
at Neoteric's Booth 2704 at this year’s FDIC.



Neoteric is the original and most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer, relied on by
first responders in 50+ countries for more than four decades. Read more …

Hovercraft Training Center is the world’s premier hovercraft flight training academy. 


28 October, 2016

Save lives safely with a Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft – NOW ON SALE!

Maritime Reporter and Marine News magazines recently published articles emphasizing the need for hovercraft to be increasingly used as a primary rescue vehicle - especially in water, mud, flood and ice rescue operations. Here’s an excerpt …

"Hovercraft have a growing role to play in search & rescue, commercial and military operations around the world. Hovercraft are a practical proposition for operations in areas inaccessible to other vehicles, including frozen water, mud flats, intertidal areas, shallow rivers and flooded inland areas. Perceived to be environmentally sound, as they don’t exhaust into the water, create no wash and do not disturb the sea bed, they are also economical."

Statistics show that the most frequent victims in water and ice rescue operations are animals, children, fishermen, skaters, snowmobilers … and first responders. Because it hovers 9 inches above the terrain, a hovercraft keeps your rescue team above the danger – not in it.

But the Neoteric Rescue HoverTrek™ is not just another rescue hovercraft. Its patented reverse thrust makes it the only rescue hovercraft with the ability to brake, back up and hover in place. Its unique capabilities have made it the global industry standard, relied upon by rescue agencies throughout the world.

And, first responders, here’s a chance to increase your team’s safety and your success rate. You can own this top-of-the-line Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft at a discounted price …

Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft for Sale

This Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft is a demo with only 4 hours of use. Featuring a 100 HP Hirth engine, reverse thrust and inline seating for six, this deluxe rescue hovercraft is also equipped with a saltwater marinization package, a front cabin, a stretcher mount, a PA system, a siren and a reinforced heavy duty body. We’re offering this rescue hovercraft for a discounted price of $58,000, and that includes a trailer. And flight training and maintenance instruction are free with purchase.

This is a rare opportunity for your rescue agency to join the ranks of first responders across the world who rely on Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft to help them save lives safely. And this is the perfect time of year to better prepare yourselves for ice rescues … so contact us now for more information before this hovercraft is sold.

Here’s what just one of those first responders has to say about his department’s Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft ... Both the North Muskegon and Muskegon Fire Departments use hovercraft for their ice rescue operations. The hovercraft have saved more lives than our engines have. Since 1985, 255 people have been rescued or removed from Muskegon area lakes using the hovercraft. 50% would have drowned, not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool.”
~ Fire Chief Steve Lague
 North Muskegon Fire Department
Michigan, USA

And watch this video of Neoteric rescue hovercraft in action …