18 April, 2015

Hovercraft video: Lake Havasu HoverFest

Neoteric customer Gary Meyers created this great video of the 2015 Lake Havasu, AZ HoverFest, a part of the Lake Havasu Boat Show, one of the premiere boat shows in the Southwest USA. As you can see, Neoteric recreational hovercraft were well-represented! Watch them in action ...

There's just no better way to enjoy the outdoors than a Neoteric hovercraft - but don't take our word for it - check out what our customers say ...

A hovercraft will replace most of your other recreational vehicles - boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, snowmobiles and more - giving you an all-in-one, all-season vehicle that will take you places all these others can't reach.

And there's no easier way to experience for yourself what a hovercraft can do than to take a Test Flight or Training Course on a Neoteric hovercraft. Sign up today and get ready for the ride of your life!

08 April, 2015

Event planners & venues: Now you can rent Bubba’s Hover!

Whether you’re affiliated with a golf course, a country club or other event venue, or you’re involved in planning an event, or you've been invited to an event – this blog post is for you!

Remember the worldwide attention captured by the viral video Bubba’s Hover? Would you like for your event to capture that kind of attention?

No, we’re not trying to sell you a hovercraft, so keep reading!

Just imagine the increased attendance and media attention your events would bring if guests had the opportunity to “hover like Bubba”! As an Internet and media phenomenon, Bubba’s hovercraft golf cart attracts major attention wherever it appears, making it the perfect tool to boost participation in golf tournaments, corporate and charity events, private celebrations, grand openings – just about any event imaginable.

Neoteric manufactures the official limited edition replicas of Bubba’s BWI hovercraft golf cart. But you don’t have to buy one to capitalize on the Bubba’s Hover phenomenon – now you can rent one, complete with an experienced pilot to fly it and give rides to your guests.

Take a minute and think about your upcoming events … then imagine how much more spectacular and successful they would be with a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart as the star attraction. Then take another minute and contact Neoteric to see just how easy it is to really put the “special” in your events by giving your guests rides on a top-of-the-line hovercraft. And it doesn’t have to be a golf course event – the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart will fly anywhere, even over ice and snow.

And pass this on. If you’re been invited to an upcoming event, be sure to let the event planners or venue owners know about this exciting opportunity!

Learn how easy it is to rent a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart …

Call 1-812-234-1120

Now, just imagine this at your next event ...

02 April, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft Rescues Michigan Ice Fishermen

On a recent Saturday morning, five men walked out on ice-covered Lake Muskegon in Michigan for a little ice fishing. But they faced a real catch! Around noon, they noticed changes in the ice and headed back to shore. Two of them fell through the melting ice. When they called 911, they were told to stay in place until help arrived.

Fortunately, that help arrived in the form of North Muskegon Fire Department’s Neoteric rescue hovercraft and their highly trained first responders, who have been using the hovercraft for ice and water rescues for three decades. Watch the ABC 13 news video …

Even though the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to this emergency, the USCG usually responds to ice rescues with a team of four who go out on the ice on foot – while the North Muskegon Fire Department’s hovercraft safely speeds upwards of 60 mph across solid or broken ice – keeping first responders above the danger, not in it.

Ice fishermen flock to the frozen waters of Muskegon Lake during winter. And yes, as the video says, it may be time to “consider the ice fishing season over,” and “time to break out the boats” – but a hovercraft is equally critical as a water rescue tool as it is an ice rescue tool.

The North Muskegon Fire Department recognized that early on, and became a pioneer in using hovercraft for ice and water rescue operations. “Our hovercraft have saved more lives than 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,” says Fire Chief Steve Lague.

Fire Departments: See how a hovercraft can dramatically improve
your ice, water, mud and flood rescue operations:
Take a Test Flight or a Training Course on a Neoteric hovercraft

And learn why Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft are the industry standard ...

30 March, 2015

VIDEO: Moncton’s Neoteric Hovercraft Prepares to Rescue Snowmobilers

The spring melt is well underway in many parts of the world, and those areas where first responders have a Neoteric hovercraft available for ice rescues are exceptionally well-prepared. Those that don’t? Well, you might want to watch this video about the Moncton Fire Department in Canada …

Moncton’s first responders are not only equipped with the most effective ice, mud and water rescue vehicle available, they’ve thoroughly trained to use it. When they purchased their craft in 2012, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald, who is Hovercraft Training Centers’ Senior Flight Instructor, traveled to Canada with HTC Flight Instructor Steve Stafford to conduct intensive pilot training on Moncton’s new 6-passenger rescue hovercraft.

Moncton’s training was interesting – it included having the hovercraft run over a firefighter! Canada’s Global News reported, “Moncton Fire Department Captain Steve Crawford said it was a “strange sensation” to have the department’s new hovercraft run him over in the city’s McLaughlin Road reservoir yesterday. Crawford played the victim in a demonstration of its latest piece of high-tech emergency equipment. Wearing a helmet and life jacket, he was dropped into the water, and then the hovercraft, piloted by Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. founder Chris Fitzgerald, flew out to rescue him. To demonstrate just how safe the craft is, Fitzgerald literally drove over Crawford before the sopping wet firefighter was scooped out of the water.”

You know it’s not going to hurt you, but it’s a strange sensation to have any sort of craft fly over you,” Crawford said.

During training, Fire Chief Eric Arsenault said the hovercraft is a “great addition to our toolbox,” adding it is quicker to deploy than a boat. The hovercraft can be taken from its trailer and be in the water in minutes.

Hundreds of people die in ice-related accidents each year in the United States alone, but many fire departments and rescue organizations haven’t yet recognized the importance of hovercraft as an ice, mud and water rescue tool. “You need fire departments like Moncton that are prepared to be first adopters,” Fitzgerald said. “They’re really pioneers.”

How can your department determine if a hovercraft would improve you first responders’ rescue capabilities? An easy, low-cost way is to take a hovercraft Test Flight or Flight Training Course.