30 July, 2013

Congressman Larry Bucshon visits Neoteric Hovercraft

On July  26, NeotericHovercraft and Hovercraft Training Centers were honored to welcome Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon, who visited to discuss his advice and advocacy on a proposal for HTC to provide hovercraft flight training to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Hovercraft Training Centers is proposing that the U.S. Government provide initial military hovercraft crew training at its Terre Haute headquarters. Not only would this expedite the process and lower costs, it would also improve recruiting and lower the current trainee dropout rate because light hovercraft could be used to attract and prequalify suitable candidates.

The Congressman’s tour began at the Wabash River, with media interviews followed by a hovercraft flight on the river …

“I am acting as an advocate," Bucshon told the media. “We have a sagging economy, high unemployment rate – although that’s getting better. Any company that wants to expand in Terre Haute or in the 8th District and create some jobs is a good thing.” ...
Larry Bucshon visits Neoteric Hovercraft

“We’re already training firefighters and police officers from all over the world, along with personnel from the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Air Force. That’s been going on for decades,” said Chris Fitzgerald, founder of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and Hovercraft Training Centers ...
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“I’m gonna get a hovercraft ride today!” Rep. Bucshon says with a smile as he boards an HTC Neoteric training hovercraft with his Deputy District Director, Matt Huckleby in the rear seat and Chris Fitzgerald at the controls ...
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In their launch onto the Wabash River, Rep. Bucshon and Matt Huckleby experience the Neoteric hovercraft’s one-of-a-kind maneuverability due to its patented reverse thrust system ...
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Via wireless headsets, Chris Fitzgerald explains hovercraft operation to Congressman Buschon and Matt Huckleby as they fly down the Wabash River ...
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After the hovercraft flight on the river, Chris Fitzgerald (left) welcomes Rep. Bucshon (right) to the Neoteric Hovercraft factory. Here, they tour Neoteric’s fiberglassing facility ...
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In deep discussion, Fitzgerald and Rep. Bucshon walk to Neoteric’s hovercraft assembly facility ...
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Fitzgerald gives Rep. Bucshon a thorough overview of the final manufacturing processes for all Neoteric hovercraft. In the background, the rescue hovercraft owned by New Jersey’s Scullville Volunteer Fire Company awaits upgrades. Neoteric rescue hovercraft are used by first responders in more than 50 nations ... 
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Rep. Bucshon has an opportunity to check out a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart, to be delivered to the Superior Golf Club in Ukraine – the first non-U.S. golf course to own a replica of the BW1 hovercraft golf cart Neoteric manufactured for Bubba Watson ...
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Deputy District Director Matt Huckleby (right) and Connor Lentz (left) learn how Neoteric hovercraft are custom manufactured. Lentz represents Congressman Bucshon's constituent affairs in Indiana's 8th Congressional District for the Department of Defense and Veteran's Affairs ...
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The media take great interest in the factory tour ...
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At the end of the factory tour, Rep. Bucshon and his representatives meet with Chris Fitzgerald to discuss how Hovercraft Training Centers’ proposal to train military LCAC and Ship-to-Shore Connector crews, as well as Homeland Security personnel, would benefit the U.S. Government as well as the Congressman’s district and state ...
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