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Image hovercraft Iron ore mining equipment dust suppression
The tank of the dust suppression system on one of D & T Landscaping’s
two hovercraft undergoes a refill during operations at a taconite mining site.

October 20, 2014:
 “Thank you so much for helping to get these craft up to me this weekend. I can't be happier with how these craft turned out - the future is bright! My customer stopped by today and got 'educated' on the tool and how we were using it ... I think he was quite impressed too!”

November 9, 2014:
“To date we have applied more than 160 acres worth of liquid dust suppressant to two different mine sites, and it has greatly reduced the volume of dust created! I cannot thank you enough for getting these machines designed, built and delivered when you did. I would love to grow this business, and your technology can be a major component in that opportunity. We are opening a new horizon in dust suppression. You clearly have a vision and passion for this technology and I’m looking forward to growing this partnership.”

David Olson, Owner
D & T Landscaping, Inc.
Solway, Minnesota USA
NOTE: Neoteric designed and built spraying systems for the two hovercraft manufactured for D & T Landscaping. The company is under contract to seed, reforest and manage environmental hazards such as blowing dust at a major taconite (iron ore) mining region on the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota, and the hovercraft enable them to access areas that their current technology won’t take them. Read the full story, with video & photos …

Tetra Tech’s Richard Funk (2nd left) and David Bennett (right) receive their
Pilot Certifications at Hovercraft Training Centers from Flight Instructor
Steve Stafford (left) and Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald (3rd from left).

April 17, 2014:
“It is just a pleasure to work with someone professional who 'gets it' and is willing to customize.  We have high hopes for this hovercraft!”

June 6, 2014:
“The customized TEMA system looks great! I can't wait to hook it all up and test it here in Seattle. It has been a pleasure working with Neoteric. You guys know your business and provide excellent customer support.”

Richard Funk, Geophysicist
David Bennett, Ordnance Removal Specialist
Tetra Tech, Inc.
Pasadena, California USA
Note: Tetra Tech, Inc. is a global consulting, engineering and construction firm with 330 offices worldwide. The company has a military contract to conduct an ordnance removal project in Puerto Rico using customized Neoteric hovercraft.
Read more …

All Florida Watersports Marco Island Commercial hovercraft photo “We were looking for something a bit different. We started looking on the web, and there you were – something to do other than WaveRunners and typical boat rentals. We’re going to do commercial rides and tours. Now we’re going to be able to land on beaches and islands. It’s just a completely different niche that’s never been done here.

It’s just incredible how there’s no transition; from land to water you don’t feel a thing – it’s amazing!”

Ryan Peacock, Owner
All Florida Watersports, Inc.
Marco Island, Florida USA

Hovercraft Golf Cart Bubba’s Hover
Windy Knoll Golf Club is the first of the world’s more than 35,000 golf
courses to own the Neoteric HoverGolf Cart™, the official limited edition
replica of Bubba’s Hover, Bubba Watson’s BW1.

July 28, 2013:
““We see this as a fun opportunity to promote our town and, of course, Windy Knoll Golf Club, and we’ve already started to reap the benefits. They’ve already paid for themselves with the notoriety!”

July 12, 2013:
“We wanted to be able to offer something no other golf course could – a way to further put Windy Knoll on the map. It was an easy decision. When we saw them on YouTube, we said, ‘We gotta have one of those!’ We’re always looking for a way to set ourselves apart from the competition. We’ll be able to offer something that no one in the area, in the state and at this point in the country can offer … it’s going to turn heads.”

Dave Duffey, General Manager
Pete Duffey, Managing Director
Windy Knoll Golf Club
Springfield, Ohio USA

“The hovercraft is doing fine. Nice machine.”

Barry Hummer
Project Engineer
Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation
Dominican Republic


Image Commercial hovercraft Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co
Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald (standing) conducts pilot training for
Michael Patria in Buras, Louisiana just days before the new hovercraft
completed its first successful mission.
I would like to first thank you for coming down to Louisiana for training and delivering the hovercraft. It was a great experience to meet you and receive training from you.  I learned a lot and had fun.

Today we used the hovercraft to do a survey that we conduct every Sunday. This process usually takes the better part of the day because we must take measurements at points scattered throughout the entire island. No single machine we possess can get to some of the locations and transporting machinery back and forth takes several hours in itself. With the assistance of the hovercraft we were able to fully complete this survey in just under an hour and we predict with practice we will be able to do it even faster!

Michael Patria, Site Engineer
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.
Oak Brook, Illinois USA
Note: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. is using their Hovertrek in a major coastal restoration project on Pelican Island, a key Louisiana barrier island. Read the full story, with photos …

“Today I went on a 10 mile upriver flight. The interesting part about this whitewater river is that it comes down at a gradient on some stretches. These stretches also have rocks and stones strewn in it, and are therefore challenging. I have to tell you that the Hovertrek™ performance was par excellence! It had enough power and versatility to go upstream on big riffles - with ease. As time goes by, I am finding this machine to be growing on me. I think you know what I mean.”

Rajiv Kotwal
Neoteric Hovercraft Dealer - India
Director, Magnus Exports Pvt Ltd
Ashok Nagar, Satwari Jammu, India


“This craft is perfect for the task, but quite touchy.”

“The hovercraft was crucial to our productivity. We could not have done our project without it. No question whatsoever. Best investment I made in the entire project.
Britt and I are considering proposing to do some more work on the tidal flat, this time in rougher weather (fall, it rains and the wind blows, and the river runs much higher). We will depend on the hovercraft if we do this again.

Piloting it was the best part of the summer for me!”

Steve Elgar
Senior Scientist in Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Skagit Bay Tidal Flat/River System Cooperative


“Thank you for the time you spent last week showing me the hovercraft and for the guided tour of your facilities. I was impressed by the facilities and the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. You have assembled quite an operation behind that fence.

Receiving my first ride in a hovercraft was an unexpected treat. I was particularly surprised by the stability of the craft at rest in the water; a characteristic I hadn't contemplated and something that had to be experienced rather than read about. My mental images of hovercraft had been restricted to the craft in motion. Also quite impressive.

I'd like to visit Neoteric again some time and take some hover training.”

Charlie B. Lex
Woodward, Iowa, USA


Don Abernathy had purchased a used Hovertrek and found that there were missing patches of foam in the hull. He took the craft to the Neoteric plant and attended the classroom portion of a training session while Neoteric technicians investigated and repaired the damage to the craft.

“Just to let anyone know… I just returned from Neoteric Factory where I got to meet Chris and his staff… After speaking to Chris on the phone, I left Wed. from San Antonio,TX and arrived there (at factory) next day (1101 miles). Without any delay, Chris and his staff got on researching the problem and began repairs. I was extremely impressed with the teamwork and efficiency of these guys…! I do not think I could have had better service or better quality workmanship anywhere.

I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Chris’ training sessions and was truly impressed with the lesson plan and information. His communication skills are great for both technical and non technical students.

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to meet the folks there and experience the professionalism at the facility. I actually believe they went way beyond what they needed to do to get me back in motion. Thanks Guys…!!!
I plan on putting the “2nd Responder” in the water Mon or Tues at Canyon Lk, TX for the final testing of equipment.”

Don Abernathy
Ultralights USA/Eagle Management Group
San Antonio, Texas, USA


“It's cool!!!!

It arrived late last night and today we had our maiden flights on Caverhill Lake. It does indeed have a magnetic attraction to trees!! Larry and I will be practicing over the next few months and will call if we have any questions. You are certainly welcome to give our name and number to prospective clients on the west coast or in Canada. We are impressed with your on time manufacturing and the quality of the craft. Handling it will take some time to become proficent but our ice conditions are perfect for learning.”

Marlene Loney
The Caverhill Fishing Lodge
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada


“The Neoteric Hovercraft is a “craft of the margins”. It's the missing link in river transportation, for surveying and water system research.”

Matthew Coolidge
Program Manager
Center for Land Use Interpretation
Culver City, CA


“The hydrologists are using the craft and the transponder is gathering lots of data and working fine. I saw the hovercraft on a gravel beach the other day way upstream below a dam, so I know it's being used and going where nothing else could.”

Lynn Ausland
Training Supervisor
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation


Discussing the merits of the six-passenger Hovertrek

“Were the pilot as flawless as the craft, we would have few worries.”

Robert N Rossier
Atlantic Winds Inc.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


“[South Africa] Nature Conservation ... are very happy [with their new craft]. They are pleasantly surprised at the “delayed” reaction by crocodiles and hippos, and are prepared to support us with official studies [concerning the use of hovercraft to stalk such animals].”

“It’s amazing, but we can get within five meters before these animals decide to move. When they move, it is for only a short distance. Even pelicans behave the same. In a boat, the closest we can get is thirty meters, then they take off and leave the area.”

Winstone Jordaan
Extreme Fun
South Africa

Hovercraft used by KZN Wildlife


21 November 2007
“On our last and final trip of the 2007 season the hovercraft performed well. We surveyed the Rainy River on the Canadian/Minnesota border. The river was running 9 feet above normal and the flow was 4 times the normal volume. This made for some interesting rapids which the HC seemed to enjoy.”

Mike Wood
CEO, President
LakeMaster Lake Maps


“I must tell you that even though I have had several odd mechanical breakdowns I am very satisfied with the performance of the craft especially for our extreme work conditions and survey requirements.”

Mike Wood
LakeMaster Lake Maps
Little Falls, Minnesota


“The craft has about 65 hours on it and has been working very well. We are able to survey twice as much water as we would with traditional boats. My water pilot abilities have improved and I am much more confident. I am able to track as close as 5 feet from obstacles at 15 to 20 miles per hour and of course go over many hazards that would sink our other boats.”

Mike Wood
LakeMaster Lake Maps
Little Falls, Minnesota


[Explanation of application] The Racine, Wisconsin Airport has a large quarry at the end of the runway in which geese collect. These present a hazard to aircraft operation. The hovercraft is utilized to annoy the geese and drive them off -- This is a joint undertaking between the airport authority and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

"The hovercraft is running great, and I am getting a lot better and feeling more comfortable with it every day. I have been in the water, ice, and land with no problems. I have given the local media rides, and they were very impressed. By the way the geese don't like your machine at all. I will keep in touch with you."

"Craft is running great, real happy with the machine. The cab Neoteric fitted is working out great. To remove ice and snow we are using RainX and a hand operated squeege. The geese hate the thing, we have hardly any geese left."

Mike Loew
Airport Assistant Manager
John H Batten Airport
Racine, Wisconsin


John H Batten Airport hovercraft used to scare geese

“We have a Hoverguard 700 as well as a Neoteric Hovertrek Rescue Hovercraft. Generally we feel the Hovertrek is much lighter weight so that it needs only one person to load and unload, can come up and down dykes quickly and requires a small space for parking. With reverse thrust system it can be controlled while moving towards target, can pass through narrow and meandering stream or river channel or even a water gate. On ice it breaks speed. The Hovertrek body is more elastic than Hoverguard and is better at absorbing impacts.”

Mr. Ning
Huaihe River Commission


"It stopped raining here when we bought your hovercraft, so you should be able to sell a lot to mosquito control. Well, we really do get some use of our hovercraft, even in the drought - and just take a look at the paint job."

Howard Emerson
Camden County Mosquito Commission
Lindenwood, New Jersey


Commercial hovercraft picture

"We are getting better and better at operating our hovercraft. It is ideal. We can get over the grass and not damage it. The hovercraft is definitely allowing us to access areas we couldn't normally."

T. J. Savereno
National Marine Fisheries Lab
Charleston, South Carolina


"The hovercraft works beautifully getting into shallows and running over ice and water. We are using our Neova 6 in support of winter forestry management projects along the Mississippi River."

Operator Dan Oles
US Army Corps of Engineers
Minneapolis, Minnesota


"Last year we operated our Workhorse three days a week from dawn to 1:00 AM. It's a stable work platform and safe up on hover. You feel secure in it. On the Illinois River we got caught in barge-wake and the boil behind the barge. The hovercraft got out of it. Some of the old river boys said you wouldn't normally get out of it in a boat. We have also been using our hovercraft to break ice."

Dr. Robert Sheehan
Fisheries Research Laboratory
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois


"Once again the hovercraft did a fine job without any problems. Each time I operate the craft, it seems to get easier and, therefore, makes my job easier."

Darrell Wehde
Fox Farms
Foley, Missouri


"I have seen one of your hovercraft, and it was the most amazing piece of equipment I have ever seen!"

John Roop
Anchorage, Alaska


"Yesterday I dropped George off for a 110 mile downstream trip through some very remote terrain. He had to travel through a military training base with deep canyons and without any access allowed up on a shore due to live fire tank training that goes on. It was an extremely hot day and the hovercraft worked flawlessly with no overheating problems. The 100-mile trip took about 6 hours of running time on the engine and 9 hours altogether with extra time for floating and breaks."
"I just got back from 3 hours of hovering tonight and the hovercraft performed remarkably well. From prairie badlands to rivers flowing out of the mountains, my area of Alberta has a diverse variety of rivers that would make your mouth water. I took a passenger with me and went up a narrow winding river filled with rocks, boulders, fallen trees and some light rapids with fast moving water."
"I'm getting a little more confident with more challenging river terrain and I am amazed at the maneuverability and control you can have with my hovercraft. It is a truly amazing piece of engineering design."
"After a few hours of piloting my hovercraft I think the reverse buckets are the greatest asset of your design. The beauty of them is they do much more than re-direct the airflow; it is my feeling that best of all they act like parachutes on a dragster. The drag they provide is superb for braking and maneuverability. I cannot imagine operating a hovercraft without them. It would seem insane for anyone to hovercrafts manufactured without them."
"Many thanks for all your advice from our previous meetings/discussions. I often think back to our discussions and think to myself that you sure know what you are talking about! You have many years of hard-earned experience."
"Every time I am cruising down the river in the hovercraft I think, 'What an incredible piece of engineering.' Believe me, I am grateful to you for producing and selling such a great machine. Exploring these local rivers would take days by canoe and now it only takes a matter of hours."

"I appreciate it for its ability to take me places a jet boat or a canoe cannot navigate."

Colin Weir
Alberta Birds of Prey Centre
Coaldale, Alberta, Canada


"In spite of our complete mismanagement of this piece of equipment (hovercraft) it's still working. It's paid for itself and it's done everything Neoteric said it would. It carries the payload (bags of shrimp eggs) off the shore line out to our waiting boats".

Mark Ban
Salt Creek, Inc.
Great Salt Lake, Utah



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