Hover Haute goes global
19 Jan. 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2004
the media are invited to attend the launch of "The Year of the Hovercraft"
at Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., 1649 Tippecanoe Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana
During World Hovercraft Week 2002, Terre Haute, Indiana became Hover
Haute for a week when former Mayor Judy Anderson re-named the city in
honor of the event that brought participants from 18 nations to the Indiana
city and earned it international acclaim.
To Chris Fitzgerald, organizer of World Hovercraft Week and President
of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. in Terre Haute, the city's new name was
not a temporary one.
Fitzgerald has spent the last 16 months launching ventures that will
not only put Terre Haute on the map, but will make Hover Haute, Indiana – and
the USA -- the world headquarters for hovercraft.
Those ventures include: the World Hovercraft Organization; HoverWorld
Expo 2004 in Canberra, Australia; DiscoverHover, an international school
hovercraft program; and Hovercraft Training Centers International – all
headquartered in Terre Haute, Indiana.
HoverWorld Expo 2004
"The Year of the Hovercraft" will be officially launched at 1:00 pm.
on Wednesday, January 21, 2004, when the Neoteric hovercraft that will serve
as the "PaceCraft" for HoverWorld Expo 2004 will embark upon its journey
via shipping container to Australia. HoverWorld Expo, patterned after World Hovercraft
Week 2002 in Terre Haute, will take place Dec. 28, 2004 – Jan. 3, 2005
in Canberra, Australia. The Neoteric "PaceCraft" will be exhibited
at museums and other venues throughout Australia until that time.
HoverWorld Expo 2004 is a function of the World Hovercraft Organization,
founded by Chris Fitzgerald in 2003 and headquartered in Terre Haute.
For more information, see www.WorldHovercraft.org.
Fitzgerald, born and educated in Australia, is Chairman of HoverWorld
Expo. The event is designed to commemorate the World's First Hovercraft
Race, held in Canberra in 1964. Fitzgerald was the youngest competitor
in the 1964 event. Complete information about HoverWorld Expo 2004 may
be found at www.HoverWorldExpo.com,
and includes photo and video coverage of the World's First Hovercraft
Fitzgerald is also the founder of DiscoverHover, the World Hovercraft Organization's
international school hovercraft program. With the world's foremost hovercraft
experts serving as an advisory board, DiscoverHover provides free hovercraft
plans, instructions and educational materials to schools and youth groups
throughout the world so that students can build a racing hovercraft and compete
in local, regional, national and international hovercraft races.
DiscoverHover will pay the shipping costs for qualifying student hovercraft,
giving them the opportunity to compete in the World's First International
Hovercraft Endurance Race at HoverWorld Expo 2004 in Australia. Complete
information about DiscoverHover may be found at www.DiscoverHover.org.
Hovercraft Training Centers Intl.
To further add to "The Year of the Hovercraft," Fitzgerald is also
establishing Hovercraft Training Centers International. The first Hovercraft
Training Center -- and global headquarters -- will be located on the banks
of the Wabash River in Terre Haute and is expected to be operational before
year's end. Hovercraft Training Centers will offer hovercraft rides and rentals
to the public, provide training and pilot certification to both the recreational
and rescue hovercraft market, and perform hovercraft sales and service. The
web site for Hovercraft Training Centers Intl. will soon be completed at www.HovercraftTraining.com.
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
2004 may well be the busiest year yet for Fitzgerald, who established Neoteric
Hovercraft, Inc. in Terre Haute in 1975. His company created the light hovercraft
industry and is now the most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer in
the world. Neoteric hovercraft are the only hovercraft in the world with
effective brakes and are recognized as the industry standard for recreational,
rescue and commercial hovercraft.
Neoteric customers include the U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Homeland
Security; National Parks Service; Army Corps of Engineers; Disney World:
Huaihe River Commission, China; National Institute of Environmental Research,
Korea; Esso Petroleum, Colombia, South America; and fire, sheriff and
search and rescue departments worldwide.
Fitzgerald recently returned from Kuwait, where he trained pilots to
operate the Neoteric hovercraft that are being utilized in a United Nations-commissioned
survey of the shoreline to determine the pollution resulting from the
1990-1991 Gulf War oil fires.
For information about Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. visit www.neoterichovercraft.com
Contact: Chris Fitzgerald, President
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
PH: (812) 234-1120