30 June, 2015

Canadian family to make history in their Neoteric hovercraft

Colin Steadman of Calgary has been flying hovercraft since 2008. Now he and his family are ready to make “a dream come true” in their Neoteric hovercraft, with two adventure trips that are far above and beyond your average lake or river cruise.

In their first adventure, Colin and his family (and maybe their dog!) will embark July 11 on a two-week, 1,200+ mile trip across the province of Alberta. “It’s never been done,” Colin told CTV News. “We’re looking to see parts of Alberta that no one’s ever seen on a vehicle that no one’s ever use before. Being able to fly through dinosaur territory on a hovercraft – no one’s ever done that.

The Steadman family with their Neoteric recreational hovercraft. Left to right: 12-yr-old twins Sage and Colton,
13-yr-old Cordel; wife Ingrid and Colin. 
This trip is a trial run for their ultimate adventure: In 2016, the Steadmans plan to make history with the first cross-country hovercraft tour of Canada, across more than 6,800 miles of waterways.

But this summer’s trip is not only a warm-up for 2016. Along their way this July, the family will be raising awareness and funds for Threads of Life, an organization that supports families who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents. The organization is closely tied to Colin’s employer, the Alberta Construction Safety Association.

As a certified pilot, Colin’s military hovercraft background is what first led him to hovercraft. He says, “A hovercraft really has all the characteristics of a helicopter and an airplane, but you can fly it on water, you can fly it on ice, snow, sand.”  Colin says he chose a Neoteric hovercraft because it’s the “BMW of hovercraft”. It comfortably fits his whole family and, unlike an older hovercraft he purchased, his HoverTrek is the only hovercraft on the market with reverse thrust. And, with the wisdom of an experienced pilot, he learned to fly his hovercraft at HovercraftTraining Centers.

Colin Steadman says his Neoteric HoverTrek is the “BMW of hovercraft.”
Colin has been planning these two trips for six years, and ten days from now the Steadmans’ dream will begin to come true. The kids will be responsible for navigation, fueling and cleaning the hovercraft, and they plan to take photos to create a book about their experience. The family plans to travel between four and six hours a day, rain or shine. “Only lightning could ground us,” Colin said.

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29 May, 2015

VIDEO: Neoteric Hovercraft Perform Texas Flood Rescues

After being hit with catastrophic storms this month, much of Texas – including Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. - has been turned into a flood disaster zone. Massive search and rescue operations are ongoing, hindered by debris in the floodwaters and by continuing rain causing flash floods from already-swollen rivers.

The one positive note for this storm-battered state is that several Texas fire departments operate Neoteric rescue hovercraft, which are saving victims in areas that boats and other rescue vehicles can’t reach.

The CBS news video below shows one example. At 6:30 this morning in a suburb of Dallas, a woman became trapped on top of her submerged car when a nearby creek suddenly overflowed. Just fifteen minutes later, Wylie Fire-Rescue first responders rescued her in their Neoteric hovercraft before she suffered any injuries.

Here you can see for yourself how easily the Rescue HoverTrek operates in shallow, debris-filled water and has the unique maneuverability for up-close access to victims without forcing first responders to enter the water …


The newscasters immediately grasped the importance of hovercraft in flood rescue operations:
“A hovercraft is sometimes the easiest way for the rescuers to get to folks surrounded by these waters … You can’t go out in normal boats because you don’t know what kind of debris is out there … These hovercraft are just a much more effective way …”

Scores of people remain missing, and the death toll in Texas is likely to rise since more storms are expected to batter the state this weekend.  Tragically, the death toll includes first responders - and victims lost to failed rescue attempts by vehicles that can't perform as well as hovercraft in flood rescue operations. A firefighter in Claremore, Oklahoma lost his life when he drowned in muddy water while trying to rescue children, and another firefighter was injured in the same incident. One person died and three are missing in Houston after being swept away when a rescue boat capsized.

Extreme weather events such as this are becoming more and more common. We at Neoteric urge first responders to consider the value of a hovercraft for water, ice, mud and flood rescue operations. It's the most effective vehicle for fast, safe rescues, and it keeps your team above the danger – not in it.

See more Texas flood hovercraft rescues …

20 May, 2015

Drone Video: Neoteric Hovercraft Searches for Texas Flood Victims

Check out the drone video of Mansfield Fire Department’s rescue HoverTrek™ searching for victims during the recent Texas flooding. Without the extreme maneuverability of Neoteric’s reverse thrust, any other hovercraft - or any other rescue vehicle - would not be able to navigate on turbulent floodwater in such tight spots ...

19 May, 2015

Want to own the SuRi Luxury Yacht hovercraft?

This Neoteric HoverTrek™ is probably the only light hovercraft in the world that has circumnavigated the globe. As one of the huge array of toys on board the luxury yacht SuRi, the craft has hovered around exotic islands throughout the South Pacific.

Now, it may not take you to Fiji but, wherever you live, this 4-passenger hovercraft is your ideal all-season, all-terrain vehicle for lake and river cruising, fishing and hunting, nature exploration, ice transportation and much more. And the carbureted 65 HP Hirth air-cooled engine is fully marinized for salt water operation. Here it is in action on the South Pacific …

This Model 1874 HoverTrek™ Deluxe with side-by-side seating has been completely refurbished by Neoteric and is in pristine condition. With only 117 hours of use, the skirts are in great condition, since the craft was used mostly over water.

This beauty is also equipped with a helicopter lifting system, so it can be lifted by crane onto other vehicles, such as yachts. Here, in Fiji, the SuRi launches the hovercraft while serving as shadow boat to the motor yacht JeMaSa …

For only $25,000, this famous HoverTrek™ is ready for more adventure. Let that adventure be yours! And, if you don’t have a yacht to tow it, a brand new trailer is available for just $2,500.