13 December, 2015

Russian counterfeiter – AirWing.ru – illegally copies the Neoteric HoverTrek™

Due to their sleek design, state-of-the-art engineering, patented reverse thrust system, and more than 40 years of proven excellence, the Neoteric HoverTrekis an extremely popular hovercraft. Unfortunately this also makes the HoverTreka favorite target for industrial espionage and intellectual property infringement.

In a recent report to Congress, the U.S. national Counterintelligence Executive named China as the world's worst counterfeiter, followed closely by Russia. The Russian Interior Ministry reports that nearly a third of every product sold to consumers in Russia is counterfeit.

AirWing (AKA Production Company MSK / 000 Aeroslava) in St. Petersburg, Russia is committing industrial/economic espionage and intellectual property theft against Neoteric by illegally manufacturing counterfeit copies of our HoverTrekand using copyrighted material owned by Neoteric to falsely market them as a Neoteric product. 

Neoteric and our licensed agent in Russia, LL Sirius / Christy Hovercraft, have been working with Russia's General Directorate Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as with the FBI, CIA, U.S. Department of Commerce and other agencies to stop AirWing's crimes. 

AirWing has not complied with the Cease and Desist orders issued to them, as evidenced by this video recently posted on YouTube, which shows a modified counterfeit HoverTrek™ illegally manufactured by AirWing ...

AirWing has marketed their counterfeit hovercraft as the "Niaterek", the "AirWing Neoteric" and most blatantly as the "Neoteric HoverTrek". In a 2013 court action, AirWing directly admitted to committing intellectual property theft, saying that they used these names because they would attract more customers who would associate them with "the famous American manufacturer."

This problem cannot be underestimated. This is not a simple matter of knock-off Gucci handbags or Rolex watches. Since hovercraft are increasingly used in rescue operations, there is serious international concern that these illegal counterfeits are a major threat to the lives of first responders as well as to the lives of those they are tasked to save. 

And while the bottom line of a business may take second place to the health and safety of consumers, the economic loss due to counterfeiting is huge. Intellectual property theft and counterfeiting inflicts serious damage on the U.S. economy. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property found “the scale of international theft of American IP to be unprecedented,” causing at least $320 billion in annual economic losses to the U.S. and job losses “running into the millions."

The FBI says the Cold War is not over. It has merely become the Economic War, and economic espionage has been designated as the FBI's #2 priority - second only to terrorism.

For these reasons, Neoteric strongly urges all potential hovercraft buyers in every nation to:

1) Thoroughly research companies to make sure that you're buying from the original, experienced, reputable hovercraft manufacturer and not a counterfeiter. 

2) Check the World Hovercraft Organization's Ripoff Report 
to stay informed on what hovercraft companies are counterfeiters.

07 December, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft makes ice rescues safer

The following article about the Branch County Sheriff's Department's Neoteric rescue hovercraft was published in Michigan's Shoreline Magazine ...

Branch County hovercraft can help
make ice rescues safer
by Christy Hart-Harris

Sgt. Rick Holtgrave pilots the Department's Neoteric hovercraft. He and Branch County Sheriff John Pollack agree that the hovercraft is an invaluable tool for ice rescues.

Winter is fast approaching and with the cold temperatures come ice and winter sports. Among the more popular winter sports are ice fishing, ice skating and sledding. Those who have grown up on one of the many lakes in Michiana know how much fun all these winter activities can be.

With vast hills along the lake shores, many kids enjoy sledding down them to the iced-over lake below whiles others prefer to show off their skills with a figure 8 or race their friends on ice skates.

Then there is the most popular winter activity among Michiganders – ice fishing. It is considered by many to be a very relaxing way to spend the day.

Simply walking on the ice can be a unique experience, especially when the snow obscures the view of what lies beneath. Like any activities, safety should be the top priority when on the ice.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises those who venture out on the ice this winter to “steer clear of dark spots or places where the snow looks discolored.”

Important rules to follow when on the ice include:
·         Never go alone.
·         Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
·         Always test the ice with a spud.
·         Take the appropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket and ice picks.
·         Take a cell phone in case you need to call for help.
·         Dress in your warmest winter clothes.
·         Fill a Thermos with hot coffee, chocolate or tea.

Although lake goers may think the danger of drowning is more prevalent during the summer months, drowning is the seventh leading cause of accidental death in the United States, even in the winter.

For this reason, Sgt. Rick Holtgrave of the Branch County Marine Control purchased a hovercraft to assist the Branch County Sheriff’s Department eight-member dive team in rescue missions.

“I purchased this thinking, ‘Okay, we have a tool in the tool box,’” Holtgrave said. “It’s not the only tool, but it is a tool for all of us to utilize in a rescue mission. It’s there if we need it.”

Holtgrave and Branch County Sheriff John Pollack agree that the hovercraft is a vital tool when dealing with iced-over lakes and ice activities in the winter.

The hovercraft has the capability of skimming over thin ice, water, mud and grass. By using this tool, rescuers will be able to save the lives of those who may fall through the ice while preserving the safety of the rescue teams.

With the ability to hold at least 900 pounds, the hovercraft works by pushing air from the engine out of the back of the craft. In return, that air fills each one of the skirts along the base. Maintaining the RPMs and utilizing the reverse thrust keeps the craft operating properly.

“We’re in the process of training,” Pollack said. “We need to train a second operator in case Rick is not available. We need to train officers so they know what to expect from the craft so they know its limitations and what it can do. The fire department is on board with training. They won’t operate it; they just need to know when to call it out and when not to, what it is capable of doing. Rick is the only one currently trained on it.”

The hovercraft is capable of going 60 mph forward and 26 mph backward. Its capability is also critical in residential areas that may become flooded because underwater obstacles such as fences, fallen trees, submerged walls and vehicles cannot affect the craft.

“The biggest thing for us is the ice, particularly thin ice,” Pollack said. “Two problems that we have are human and animal. Whenever we have a rescue on thin ice, our option is to utilize the fire department. They are tethered on a 20-foot rope. Beyond that it’s too far for them to go. It becomes too difficult to rescue the rescuers.”

“All those dangers are what we used to have to face, but now with this hovercraft we can get out there, make the rescue and get right back. It gives the rescuer a secure platform to get the rescue done,” Pollack said. “It will save us on personnel. The fire department will send two or three trucks and it may be a dog that needs to be rescued. Most people are like, oh it’s a dog, no big deal but, if you can imagine if it were your dog, you would want to save it. If we didn’t, when we leave, what are they going to do? They are going to go out on that ice and save it, so it’s best for us to go out and save it so the owner doesn’t.”

Pollack said in the near future they hope to be able to share the hovercraft with surrounding counties.

20 October, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft: A Great Promotional Tool!

Yes, we're in business to sell hovercraft. But did you know that the Neoteric hovercraft is the most popular hovercraft out there for helping other businesses sell their products and services?

During our 40 years in business, a wide variety of businesses around the world have used Neoteric's hovercraft in commercials and events to promote their products and services. A few examples are Disney World, LaBatt's Beer, Germany's Lord Extra Cigarettes, Brazil's Hollywood Cigarettes and, of course, Bubba Watson's Bubba's Hover, which was created to promote products sold by his sponsor, Oakley.

So, Neoteric doesn't just sell hovercraft ... our hovercraft can sell anything!

Watch the latest commercial featuring the HoverTrek, for GMC Certified Service ...

Advertising agencies & businesses:
Could a hovercraft help you promote your product or service?

16 October, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft to star with Rae Sremmurd on MTV

No doubt about it – a Neoteric hovercraft is the next level of cool. That’s why the media keep us so busy. What’s up next? Move over, Bubba's Hover - the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart has been chosen to star in the pilot episode of an upcoming new MTV show that will feature the new, unusual and cutting edge.

The series will be hosted by the wildly popular hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd (“Ear Drummers”, backwards) composed of two brothers, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jimmy” Brown.

Neoteric’s Law Enforcement Liaison/Flight Instructor Steve Stafford recently took a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart to California to fly it in the pilot episode filmed at a golf course in Pasadena, California near the Rose Bowl. Check out a few photos ...

Steve Stafford advises the film crew as they install GoPro cameras on the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart to be featured in the show's premiere ...

Stafford and Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy Brown go over final hovercraft flight plans with the production crew ...

A drone films the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart as Steve Stafford flies the MTV show's hosts Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy Brown over a water hazard on the golf course ...

After experiencing hovercraft flight - and 360 degree spins - the new MTV show's hosts, Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy Brown, may now be more into hovercraft than hip hop! ...

The name of the MTV series and its premiere date are a big secret, but we'll keep you posted. 

In the meantime, check out the full photo gallery of the filming …

12 October, 2015

Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft Saves the Day

The Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft owned by the White River Hazleton Volunteer Fire Department has served them well since they purchased it in 2011. The Department operates a dive boat, but needed a hovercraft to let them access areas a boat can’t reach. White River Hazleton protects the main fork of the White River in southern Indiana, which drains 70% of the state, and they provide mutual aid into Illinois as well.
Mark Ellis of the White River Hazleton Fire Department pilots their Neoteric hovercraft on the Wabash River last year as his Department assisted Neoteric with advanced flight training for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department.
The Department’s hovercraft has successfully completed numerous difficult rescues along the White and Wabash Rivers … here’s an article about their most recent success …

Mt. Carmel Register
Oct. 7, 2015
by Marcus Smith

Hovercraft called in to rescue stranded boat

MOUNT CARMEL- Wabash Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) had to call in Hazleton’s White River Water Rescue and its hovercraft to rescue a stuck pontoon boat on the Wabash River Monday morning.

Shawn Lane, of Fairfield, and Bill Woodall, of Albion, went out to do some fishing before having engine troubles and becoming stuck south of the boat ramp by Twin Rivers Restaurant.

Woodall said the motor stopped running and the pair drifted down river until they became stuck.

Gerald Brooks, WEMA coordinator, said the depth of the river was so shallow that they couldn’t get a rescue boat close enough to the stranded craft to help.

“Not the best thing to do, going out on the river when it’s this shallow,” he said.

Initially, Brooks thought the people might have to be pulled from the craft, and a plan would have to be devised further down the road to tow the boat in.

“The boat might have to sit there for a while,” Brooks said.

White River Water Rescue from Hazleton, Indiana was called in to assist with its hovercraft.

Mike Ellis, White River Township Fire Chief, said the plan was to raise the motor on the pontoon boat out of the water, get the boat floating downstream and tow it to a downstream boat ramp.

After raising the motor out of the water the boat began to drift down river before hanging up on another set of rocks.

The passengers of the boat could be seen rocking the boat back and forth trying to break free. 

When that didn’t work, a tow rope was thrown from the pontoon boat to the hovercraft.

With one of the passengers of each craft holding on to the rope, the hovercraft was used to break the pontoon boat free, and then tow it to a private boat ramp downstream.

Read how Mike Ellis and first responders around the world use their

22 July, 2015

Hovercrafters help feed hungry children

Yes, hovercraft are fun, but they also serve the greater good – and not just in rescue operations.

Organized by the Hoverclub of America, a group of hovercraft adventurers will come together on July 29 for a unique 500 mile Hover for Hunger journey up the Wabash River to raise funds and awareness for charities combating childhood hunger in Indiana.

One of the charities that the Wabash 500 Hover for Hunger will benefit is the food pantry of the Goshen Middle School. A similar program at South Vigo High School in Terre Haute will also benefit from the funds the hovercrafters raise.

These are kids that are identified by their teachers or counselors as being at-risk of going hungry when they go home over the weekend. Through the program, once per week the kids are sent home with enough nutritious food to supply them with weekend meals,” explains Dave Reyburn, Hoverclub President and organizer of the trip. “The food pantries are stocked entirely by donations from local churches, individuals, and grants when available.”

All participants are covering the costs of their trip, and 100% of the proceeds raised through donations will go to the charities. If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, click here and then click on the “Donate Now” button under the graphic. 

The participants will be flying hovercraft from a wide variety of manufacturers, including Neoteric. They’re coming from all over the United States to participate, and even from as far as Australia.

Their trip will cover the entire navigable portion of the Wabash River. The downriver trip has been done by boat, but never by hovercraft and never upriver. Reyburn explains, “This will be the first attempt ever to complete the entire journey by hovercraft in one go. The hovercraft is ideally suited for navigating the shallows, sand bars, rapids, log jams, buried debris, and low head dam and shoals found along the Wabash.

If you’d like to meet up in person with this amazing group of people, you can see their full travel agenda at the bottom of this page. They’re launching the trip at 8 a.m. Wednesday July 29 from Old Shawnee Town, Illinois 10 miles south of the confluence of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers, and ending it around 5 p.m. Sunday August 2 in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

“We hope to cover about 100 miles per day, stopping at many towns along the river to raise awareness and tell the story of our journey,” says Reyburn, “This is hovering with purpose.”

This is a great opportunity for you to “pay it forward”!

Your donation will help feed a hungry child …

10 July, 2015

Hovercraft: The Safest Flood Rescue Vehicle

Flooding has been a serious problem in the United States this year. The current threat is focused on the central states; hopefully it won’t reach the catastrophic proportions suffered by Texas and Oklahoma a few weeks ago. In May, Texas was deluged with 35 trillion gallons of rain, creating the deadliest national disaster in the U.S. this year.

This newscast describes the disaster and the role of Neoteric hovercraft in the massive rescue efforts …

As the Dallas police officer discovered when his patrol car was trapped by flood waters, vehicle drivers are the most common victims in flood emergencies. During the Texas floods, more than 500 water rescues were performed, and the majority of them were stranded motorists. At least 2,500 vehicles were abandoned when drivers had to seek higher ground.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard, and that more than half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into hazardous water. It warns, “People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream … A mere 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

That’s why hovercraft are a critical rescue vehicle in flood and swiftwater rescue operations. And the Neoteric Rescue Hovertrek with its exclusive reverse thrust tops the maneuverability of other models. Flying 9 inches above the surface, the HoverTrek performs in shallow, debris-filled, fast-flowing water and allows rapid, up-close access to victims without forcing first responders to enter the water. In dangerous flood waters, there’s no better way to save lives – or to keep rescuers from becoming the rescued.

First responders: Now is the time for a demo. 
See what the HoverTrek can do for you, with a Text Flight or Training Course.

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.

Dreaming of an adventure of your own?

Launch your dream with a Test Flight or Training Course on a Neoteric hovercraft!

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.

15 May, 2015

Neoteric Military Hovercraft In Use Around the World

When you think of military hovercraft, typically what comes to mind are the U.S. Navy’s 100-ton LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) and the new generation of SSCs (Ship-to-Shore Connectors). But light hovercraft, such as the Neoteric Military HoverTrek™, are gaining increasing global recognition as an essential vehicle for military operations.

Watch Neoteric’s military light hovercraft in action below. This particular craft, operated by Hovercraft Training Centers, was engineered as a potential training apparatus for LCAC pilots and navigators …

Neoteric Hovercraft in Viet Nam:
Last year the Viet Nam military purchased two Neoteric hovercraft to be used by their Ministry of National Defense, which coordinates both military and civil forces in disaster relief and search and rescue operations. The craft were quickly recognized as crucial equipment for the Viet Nam People’s Army, and they recently purchased two additional 6-passenger models.

Steve Stafford, Neoteric’s Law Enforcement Liaison and HTC’s Flight Instructor, recently trained additional military personnel on Suoi Hai Lake at the Army’s Emergency Response Training Facility near Hanoi. The training captured the interest of first responders from a fire department near Ho Chi Minh City, who flew in to observe, and Stafford gave them a demo flight …

Neoteric Hovercraft in Pakistan:
Two Neoteric military hovercraft are used by the Pakistan Air Force for rescue operations. Pakistan and surrounding nations rely heavily on the PAF for tsunami, cyclone, earthquake and flood rescue and relief operations ...

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

Neoteric Hovercraft in South Korea:
In South Korea, the Neoteric hovercraft was introduced to U.S. and South Korean Generals during a joint military exercise. The craft was also used to demonstrate the concept and feasibility for dragging plastic fuel pipeline over tidal mudflats …

Neoteric Hovercraft in the United States:
Tetra Tech, a California-based global firm, conducts unexploded ordnance detection and remediation for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and commercial clients. This year, their custom Neoteric HoverTrek™ was used in an MEC/UXO remedial investigation at a Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) for Formerly Used Defense sites (FUDS) area in the Caribbean. The site was an impact range for aerial bombs and rockets, missiles, mortars and naval projectiles from 1903 until 1975. 

The site consists of shallow water with listed and protected coral reefs inches below the surface; the hovercraft was the only vehicle that could conduct the project without damaging the corals ... 
Read more about the Tetra Tech project ...
The Utah Test and Training Range at Hill Air Force base operates two Neoteric military hovercraft. In 2006, one of the craft rescued a downed F-16 pilot who crashed on the Great Salt Lake mudflats, where no other vehicle could travel. Prior to their hovercraft purchase, when the Range used ATVs and trucks, emergency response times could reach more than three hours. With their Neoteric hovercraft, they can reach victims in minutes ...

The Future of Neoteric Military Hovercraft:
Neoteric and Hovercraft Training Centers are currently investigating the possibility of the U.S. Navy using Neoteric military hovercraft for initial flight training for LCAC and SSC pilots and navigators. The untrained eye might not recognize much similarity between light hovercraft and the Navy’s $22 million behemoths that transport 180 Marines along with weapon systems and heavy cargo directly from ship to shore. But these two vehicles share a significant trait: they operate by the same basic principles, just as a 2-seat Cessna flies by the same rules as a Boeing 747.

As a first step in this investigation, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald was invited to Assault Craft Unit 4 in Virginia Beach to review the Navy's training protocol for LCAC crews. While there, he had the opportunity to pilot a 100-ton LCAC on the Atlantic Ocean without any previous training - which verified his premise that the skills acquired in flying light Neoteric hovercraft are easily transferred to flying heavy military hovercraft ...

The Navy's current LCAC training program is quite costly and has high attrition rates. Approximately $200,000 is spent on each trainee and dropout rates are as high as 65%. Should the Navy decide to use Neoteric hovercraft for initial LCAC training, it would not only vastly decrease costs, it would also decrease attrition by serving as an inexpensive way to qualify future LCAC craftmasters. And, since light hovercraft so easily capture public attention, they would serve as an excellent public relations tool to boost the success of the Navy's recruiting efforts.

As the world's military forces grow to realize the value and versatility of the Neoteric HoverTrekas their new secret weapon, expect to see more of them deployed every year!

Take a Test Flight or Training Course on a Neoteric Military Hovercraft ...


12 May, 2015

Neoteric Hovercraft Rescues Texas Flood Victims

A rash of tornadoes and thunderstorms battered Texas and Arkansas last Sunday, leaving a path of destruction that caused five deaths and dozens of injuries.

Mansfield, Texas was one of many communities where torrential rains led to widespread flash flooding. Fortunately, the Mansfield Fire Department operates a Neoteric rescue hovercraft, which was used to successfully rescue victims whose vehicles were fully submerged in floodwaters …

Hovercraft are extremely effective in flood rescue operations because they can access areas that boats and other rescue vehicles can't reach. Flat bottom Jon boats and other propeller-driven watercraft are of little use in shallow water or in flood water; debris and obstructions can not only damage rescue boats, but can pose a serious danger to first responders and to those whose lives they are tasked to save.

As Mansfield’s Captain William Franks says about their hovercraft, shown below, “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.

Unlike other vehicles, hovercraft fly on a cushion of air 9 inches above the surface, so they simply glide over swift flowing, debris-filled floodwaters. And, unlike other hovercraft, the Neoteric Hovertrek's patented reverse thrust system gives it the unique capability to brake, back up and hover in place - maneuvers that are critical in flood rescues.

First responders, it's easy to experience for yourself how a Neoteric hovercraft can operate in conditions that prohibit the use of rescue boats - keeping you above the danger, not in it ...


23 April, 2015

First responders say Neoteric Hovercraft is "an awesome asset."

The Davis County, Utah Sheriff's Office has relied on a Neoteric rescue HoverTrek™ for three years now and they say it has, without question, saved lives.

The hovercraft is ideal for the terrain in Davis County. Much of the county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. A particularly hazardous area is Farmington Bay, a muddy marshland that has been the scene of chaos many times for search & rescue teams. Not long ago, the hovercraft saved some duck hunters on the bay. "We had an individual who was stuck in the mud," says DCSO Search & Rescue Commander Erik Bornemeier, "They get out there too far, then they get extremely tired and literally can't move."

 "We can't get airboats out there," he adds, "When it's extremely windy, it's hard to get an aircraft or helicopter out there, and even walking out there is impossible."

But their hovercraft overcomes these obstacles and is literally a life saver - for both victims and rescuers. "You have to get there in time, but you have to get there safely," says Bornemeier, "We were putting rescuers in harm's way, but this allows us to hover over ice, mud or water and get right to the patient - to literally reach out our hand and pull them out."

He continues, "It's built like a plane: light, fast, maneuverable. It fills that "what if" need. And it's an awesome asset to have."

Watch Davis County's hovercraft in action when Salt Lake City's Fox 13 News recently took a spin ...

First responders are saving lives worldwide with their Neoteric rescue hovercraft ...

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 ...