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The original light hovercraft manufacturer.

50 years of experience

Founded in 1960, Neoteric is the most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer in the world, with clientele in 50+ nations. Our innovative reverse thrust system, patented worldwide, makes the Neoteric Hovertrek the only hovercraft available that can brake and back up, giving it unmatched maneuverability and safety.

Whether you’re interested in a rescue, recreational, commercial or military hovercraft, Neoteric gives you the perfect way to find out if a hovercraft is right for you before you buy one: Take a Test Flight or Flight Training & Maintenance Course.

Neoteric Hovercraft: the original light hovercraft manufacturer

Neoteric Hovercraft: the original light hovercraft manufacturer

Founded in 1960, Neoteric is the most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer in the world, with clientele in 50+ nations. Our innovative reverse thrust system, patented worldwide, makes the Neoteric Hovertrek the only hovercraft available that can brake and back up, giving it unmatched maneuverability and safety.

Whether you’re interested in a rescue, recreational, commercial or military hovercraft, Neoteric gives you the perfect way to find out if a hovercraft is right for you before you buy one: Take a Test Flight or Flight Training & Maintenance Course.

You're in Good Company with Neoteric Hovercraft

Neoteric's clientele spans 50 nations. In addition to private individuals throughout the world who enjoy exploring remote areas that cannot be reached by boats, snowmobiles or other recreational vehicles, Neoteric's clientele includes:

  • Sheriff, Police and Fire Departments worldwide
  • Environmental and fishery research departments
  • Oil spill clean-up agencies
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Disney World
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security
  • Gold mines
  • Dive teams
  • National Parks Service
  • Airport Police/Fire/EMS

AWARD-WINNING DESIGN

We know that design is about more than just a sleek appearance, and Hovertrek is our masterstroke. An icon in the hovercraft industry, Hovertrek's single engine, single fan design is a fusion of aesthetics and performance.

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70+ CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIONS

Need add-ons for your hovercraft? We’ve got you covered. From sophisticated tactical gear and custom mounting for search and rescue operations to a tricked-out golf cart that will break the internet, we can do that.

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“This craft is unique in that it can run on pavement, it can run on grass, it can run on bean stubble … it can go right over a log, rocky shallow waters, sand, mud, you name it. Now we’re able to provide a service with the hovercraft that no one else can provide."

Mark Ellis

Fire Chief
Hazleton Volunteer Fire Dept.
Hazleton, IN USA

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PATENTED BRAKE & REVERSE

Our patented reverse thrust system makes Hovertrek the only light hovercraft with the ability to brake and reverse. Approach and navigate the tightest situations in remote locations - even under the most difficult conditions.

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How do hovercraft compare to airboats?

Unlike airboats, hovercraft are flying machines that travel above the surface on a bubble of air so they don’t create a wake on water. Airboats are flat-bottomed boats with a large propeller and their entire weight rests on the surface, creating a wake. Airboats usually require a boat dock for launching; hovercraft do not.

Airboats are limited to relatively smooth water because their hulls have low gunwales which can be easily swamped. Airboats have minimum positive flotation, where hovercraft have quite a lot - up to 1 1/2 times their weight. This enables hovercraft to operate safely on swiftwater.

The airboat’s tall propeller also limits its use in areas with overhead obstructions, which are often found in flood rescue operations. An airboat’s propeller usually runs close to the speed of sound and generates far more noise than a hovercraft. Airboats can consume up to three times more energy than hovercraft, so they use more fuel.

Hovercraft are safer than airboats in ice rescue operations. As stated in a news article about a dive team preparing for ice rescues, “Emergency personnel practiced rescuing victims who have fallen through ice by getting as close as they can with airboats - too close and the boat will push the ice and crush the victim - and then, with insulated, waterproof suits on and an attached rope, swimming out and bringing the victim back."

Hovercraft can fly on top of thin or broken ice while airboats cannot, and hovercraft often break the ice into small pieces that are of no danger to the victim. Hovercraft can also approach the victim directly, keeping rescuers out of the water. And the airboat's high center of gravity makes them prone to flipping over.



PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDE

Hovercraft Pilot Training

Neoteric provides free certified Hovercraft Pilot Training to each customer at our Terre Haute, Indiana location with the purchase of a deluxe model. Without purchase, pilot training is available for a fee, see (Neoteric part#16780). Convert training fee for a deposit should you decide to buy any Neoteric hovercraft. Additional student(s) can attend classroom session for free, full fee applies for hands-on training.

For training at your location or for more information, call 1-800-285-3761   HOVERCRAFT TRAINING →

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