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Plans underway for 2004 World Hovercraft event
in Canberra, Australia

20 Apr. 2003

On the 5th and 6th of May 2003, Chris Fitzgerald, President of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., founder of Neoteric Engineering Affiliates Pty. Ltd., Australia, and Chairman of HoverWorld Expo, will visit Canberra to solidify plans for HoverWorld Expo 2004. The event is designed to commemorate the World's First Hovercraft Race, which took place in Canberra on 14 March 1964. Fitzgerald, a Melbourne native, was a participant in the 1964 event.

While in Australia, Fitzgerald plans to meet with supporting officials from the Canberra branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the National Capital Authority, the Canberra Tourism & Events Corporation, and the Australian Hovercraft Federation.

Fitzgerald will be available to the media on the 5th and 6th of May 2003 in Canberra to discuss further details on HoverWorld Expo 2004, and to recall his experience of the World's First Hovercraft Race. To schedule a preliminary interview, contact either Sharolyn Herring or Chris Fitzgerald prior to 1 May 2003.

A formal press conference will be scheduled in Canberra at a future date when plans for HoverWorld Expo 2004 are finalized.

Background - Chris Fitzgerald:

Fitzgerald is President of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. U.S., the world's original light hovercraft manufacturer, located in Terre Haute, IN USA. Neoteric's clientele spans 50 countries and includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Border Patrol; Disney World; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; international airports; local and national emergency management, fire, police and rescue agencies; oil spill cleanup firms; dive teams; gold mines; environmental agencies; individual hovercraft enthusiasts and racers; a Sultan King of Malaysia and U.S. national comedian, Gallagher.

Fitzgerald's credentials include:

  • Service in the Royal Australian Air Force Air Training Corps
  • Organizer and Chairman, World Hovercraft Championship 1989 and 2002
  • Chairman, World Hovercraft Championship 2006 - Malaysia
  • Founding member, World Hovercraft Federation
  • Founder and former President, Hoverclub of America, Inc.
  • Founder, North American Hovercraft Manufacturers Assocation
  • Judge, London-produced Emmy Award-winning television program, Junkyard Wars
  • Co-author, Light Hovercraft Design
  • Recipient of Rotary International Foundation Award for worldwide hovercraft study tour
Contacts: Sharolyn Herring, Marketing/Public Relations
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
  Chris Fitzgerald, President
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
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