30 March, 2012

Neoteric Hovercraft assist in Kuwait mega-project disputed by Iraq

Conflicts in the Middle East are a fact of world history. The Neoteric Hovertrek™ has a long history of navigating challenging terrain, but only recently has it traveled to the midst of a dispute between two Persian Gulf nations: Kuwait and Iraq.

Neoteric hovercraft are being used by South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. in the building of the new Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port at Kuwait’s Bubiyan Island on the Khor Abdullah waterway. The project is disputed by Iraq, who argues that the port would choke its only access to international shipping lanes. Territorial claims to Bubiyan Island were a factor in Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Hyundai E&C Civil Engineer Min Suk Lee and Scheduling Engineer Seung Uk Paik embark upon a day of training in rare clear weather. On the following day this training location had been buried under several layers of bulldozed sand.
Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald recently traveled to Kuwait to conduct hovercraft pilot and maintenance training for Hyundai E&C personnel, much of which took place during a severe sandstorm. He relates ...

“Bubiyan Island is a giant mud pie! Both the terrain and the weather made hovercraft training a challenging challenge. Construction projects of this size in these environments are a monumental feat, and the need for several hovercraft is clear. No other vehicle can carry personnel and equipment over this muddy moonscape quickly or perform rescues when emergencies arise. Breaking down or getting marooned in this semi-liquid land makes rescue a slow, difficult task.”
Left to right: Hyundai E&C Speed Boat Operators Saifull Islam and Aneesh Kumar take a photo break during training with Instructor Chris Fitzgerald. The sandstorm has completely obscured the company’s headquarters in the background.
 From ancient Middle East tensions to mud dwellers to sandstorms and disappearing training sites, we invite you to read the saga of Fitzgerald’s Kuwait experience in his own words – with a complete photo gallery:


14 March, 2012

Hovercraft at work

Hovercraft are used throughout the world for a wide variety of commercial applications, including mosquito control, oil spill cleanup, gold mining, wildlife conservation, commercial fishing and tourism.

Hovercraft were used on Kuwait's intertidal zone to survey the environmental damage inflicted by the 1991 Persian Gulf War oil fires. The hovercraft was the only vehicle capable of operating on the thick mud ...

The Racine, Wisconsin airport has a large quarry at the end of the runways in which geese collect - a hazard to aircraft operation. A hovercraft is used to haze the geese and drive them away. Read the full story ...

 Club Montee in Austria performs hovercraft shows to entertain audiences at special events ...

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05 March, 2012

Light Hovercraft in the Military

Light hovercraft such as the Neoteric Hovertrek are used by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol, particularly for search and rescue missions.

Because it safely hovers 9 inches above any terrain, a hovercraft keeps military personnel above the danger – not in it – and gives them access to areas that helicopters, boats and other vehicles can’t reach.

 Neoteric trained military hovercraft pilots from the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base. Among the trainees is Capt. Cory Lingelbach (left), who used one of the base's Neoteric craft to rescue a downed F-16 pilot who crashed in 2006 on the Great Salt Lake mudflats, where no other rescue vehicle could travel.
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