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27 November 2013

HTC conducts training at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, China

HTC President and Senior Instructor Chris Fitzgerald traveled to Qingdao, China the week of Nov. 20 to conduct hovercraft pilot and maintenance training at Yellow Seas Fisheries Research Institute.

Brokered through China Haipai Hovercraft, Ltd., China’s most renowned aquaculture and marine science institutions will use a 4-passenger Neoteric hovercraft in their research operations. These include Shanghai Ocean University, the Ministry of Agriculture Ocean Fisheries Training Center, the China Fisheries Network, the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences and the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute.

Fitzgerald (3rd from left) is welcomed to the Institute by (from the left) China Haipai Hovercraft, Ltd. Business Assistant Zhou Meng Jie, General Manager Huang Xiaogang and Eliza, a translator …

The skyline in Qingdao, China provided a scenic setting for hovercraft flight training. Here, Dr. Sun Jianqiang practices hovering, with Chris Fitzgerald providing continuous instruction and feedback ...

Hovercraft Training Centers is honored to play a role in the important work of the vital work of these organizations, which are among the highest-ranking research institutes in the world.

HTC Trains Hovercraft Golf Cart Pilots in Ukraine

As the Bubba's Hover phenomenon continues to spread, HTC is traveling the world to train Hovercraft Golf Cart pilots!

Watch Superior Golf and Spa Resort - owners of the first Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart in Ukraine - undergo pilot training on site in their new craft. And check back soon for the full story, with lots of photos!

26 November 2013

Heads up, Florida! WaveRunners aren’t the only game in town

Even though Ryan Peacock, a recent HTC trainee, says that for the last 25 years he “pretty much eats, drinks and sleeps watersports”, he knew couldn’t just jump in a hovercraft and take off. In looking for something a bit different for his business - All Florida Watersports on Marco Island - Ryan says, “We started looking on the web, and there you guys were – something to do other than WaveRunners and typical boat rentals.”

He ordered a six-passenger commercial hovercraft from Neoteric, then immediately signed up for training at Hovercraft Training Centers, recognizing that the “first step is to know what a hovercraft does and how it operates.”
Ryan Peacock (second from left), and his coworkers complete HTC training with instructor Steve Stafford (third from left).
Ryan’s 6-passenger Neoteric Hovertrek™ at home on Marco Island, Florida.
Before his hands-on flight training, Ryan and his team said they read the HTC Training Manual and the phrase that stuck in their minds was, “It’ll take your ego away.” And after training, when asked if they learned anything about hovercraft that they didn’t know before, their joint response was, “Yes – most of it! It’s wild, for sure!”

What impressed them most? “For us, being boat handlers, the ease of handling the hovercraft. It’s a different animal altogether. It’s just incredible how there’s no transition; from land to water you don’t feel a thing. It’s amazing!”

Finally, the All Florida Watersports crew offered some wise advice: “You can’t do it without training; it would be near impossible without an instructor. You have to have the experience of an instructor talking continuously in your ear to accomplish your maneuvers.”

That’s why HTC is here – and we're confident that Ryan and his professionally trained team are hovering on a real business boost for All Florida Watersports!

25 November 2013

"Hovering" on the Coattails of Bubba's Hover

The Neoteric hovercraft exclusively used by HTC are the most copied hovercraft in the world – check it out at the World Hovercraft Organization’s Hovercraft Ripoff Report. As the old saying goes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

And since the Bubba’s Hover phenomenon, even major companies like Fiat are jumping on the hovercraft bandwagon. Last week the MSC Divina Cruise ship was escorted into Miami by a fleet of “Fiat 500 Hovercraft” …
But wait – those Fiats are in no way hovercraft. They’re not flying on a cushion of air – they’ve just been made into boats by sticking a propeller or water jet beneath them. This is like calling a canoe a hot air balloon!

Watch the video – would you call these hovercraft?

You definitely wouldn’t after you take a Test Flight or go through Training at HTC. Rest assured – we use the real thing!

15 November 2013

More job openings at Neoteric: Fiberglass Laminators

Spread the word: Here’s another chance to help build the hovercraft used exclusively by HTC. Neoteric is now is adding to their staff of Fiberglass Laminators. Experience is preferred, but they’ll train the right applicants.

They want team players with a strong work ethic and a dedication to maintaining quality while improving efficiency. You must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work on your feet an entire workday.

The ideal applicant will have experience in:
     - Hand lamination
     - Fiberglass repair
     - Tooling and mold fabrication
     - Wet sanding and buffing
     - Lean manufacturing (Kaizen)

If you’d like to help manufacture the world’s original and most innovative light hovercraft, just apply online, or email your cover letter, resume and references to

14 November 2013

HTC and Neoteric hit the jackpot in Las Vegas

HTC and Neoteric Hovercraft were a smash hit in Las Vegas last week, when the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart was showcased at the 2013 Caesars Palace Great Gift Wrap Up for high rollers at the Flamingo Ballroom.

It’s a sure bet that this is a vehicle like no other. Nancy & Frank D’Amico are a perfect example of how attendees reacted to this innovative vehicle – even if they’re not golfers …

As Caesars Palace promoted it, "This is the first time a "jackpot" item is up for grabs: a Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart, an exact replica of the BW1 hovercraft golf cart Neoteric designed for Masters Champion Bubba Watson. As one of few built in the world, think of it as an ultra-modern golf cart - on steroids. Behind the wheel, be the James Bond of the golf course, as it effortlessly glides over fairway grass, water, sand traps and ice."

But just as the D'Amicos quickly recognized, the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart gives you an incredible drive even if you never swing a golf club. It meets all U.S. Coast Guard standards and can be flown on any waters, snow or ice worldwide. What other golf cart can you use for river cruising, island hopping, ice fishing, snowmobiling and even surfing across mudflats? This is it, folks.

And here’s the real jackpot: Everyone who ordered Neoteric Hovercraft at the Great Gift Wrap Up gets a Standard Training Course at HTC – free!

What else might Caesars Palace do with their Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart? Follow Caesars on Facebook and find out!

12 November 2013

Fiberglass Supervisor job opening at Neoteric Hovercraft

Want to play an important role in building the hovercraft we use for training at HTC – and join the team that Bubba Watson chose to build his BW1 hovercraft golf cart for the viral video Bubba’s Hover? For more than 50 years, Neoteric has been globally recognized for innovation and artistry in design, and this is your chance to be a hands-on contributor. Neoteric is looking for a Fiberglass Supervisor to lead a crew of accomplished craftspeople.

Their ideal candidate will have hands-on fiberglassing experience at a high-end boat or aircraft factory. The position offers a competitive salary along with health, vision and dental insurance – not to mention a stable career with a fast-growing, internationally-renowned company with clientele in more than 50 nations.

If you meet the requirements below and would like to apply, you can complete Neoteric’s online application, or email your cover letter, resume and references to

Primary responsibilities include:
·         Independently manage day-to-day operations in the fiberglass shop, and to do all needed fiberglass handwork
·         Eliminate waste; increase capabilities and efficiencies
·         Foster a positive work environment
·         Develop standards and training for new and current employees
·         Ensure employee compliance with all company policies, standards and lean manufacturing methods
·         Devise and implement manufacturing strategies to ensure goals are met
·         Review and evaluate processes with engineering department
·         Create teamwork and foster positive attitudes
·         Ensure quality throughout manufacturing processes

·         Extensive hands-on fiberglass manufacturing experience: repair, gel coating, lamination, mold building and repair, design and build plugs, composite and polyester
·         Past training / apprenticeship in fiberglass fabrication
·         5+ years in a supervisory position
·         Experience in lean manufacturing (Kaizen)
·         Ability to oversee and manage technicians
·         Strong analytical and problem solving skills
·         Solid computer skills
·         Leadership, teamwork, and communication skills

11 November 2013

HTC and Neoteric Hovercraft in Las Vegas and Ukraine

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is the exclusive supplier of Hovercraft Training Centers’ training craft, as well as the manufacturer of Bubba Watson’s BW1 hovercraft golf cart featured in "Bubba’s Hover". But that, by far, is certainly not all they do!  

For example, HTC President/Senior Instructor Chris Fitzgerald and Neoteric VP Marketing Filip Przybysz recently returned from Ukraine, where they trained personnel at Superior Golf & Spa Resort to fly their new Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart – the first one in Ukraine. 
Custom decals decorated Superior Golf & Spa’s hovercraft golf cart before shipping to Ukraine.

And Filip is now in Las Vegas, showcasing Hovercraft Training Centers and the Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart at the Flamingo Casino in the Caesars Palace Great Gift Wrap Up for high rollers – where a $1 million dollar cash prize will be given away. Check back for more about this major event!
With "Bubba’s Hover" playing in the background, Neoteric VP Marketing Filip Przybysz showcases the
Caesars Palace Neoteric Hovercraft Golf Cart at “The Great Gift Wrap Up” in Las Vegas. Every order placed at the event receives a free Standard Training course at HTC.

It’s all in a day’s work at Neoteric and HTC! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with our latest adventures:

07 November 2013

Web Developer job opportunity

More good news from the exclusive supplier of training craft for Hovercraft Training Centers:

Neoteric Systems, LLC, a division of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., has posted a Web Developer job opportunity in addition to the Purchasing Agent opening announced earlier this week.

The Web Developer will work closely with the Neoteric team, including engineers, production supervisors, marketing staff and other personnel. Neoteric Systems develops ground-breaking products aimed at solving complex problems with web-based technologies.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience and can be quickly increased based on your abilities and division success. Neoteric maintains a casual etiquette for employee comfort and practicality and offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, paid holidays and vacations, and sick leave. 

Primary responsibilities include:
·         Review and optimize existing code base
·         Improve database optimization and integrity
·         Research & integrate existing solutions
·         Test products with and gather feedback from end users
·         Work with Neoteric personnel to develop scalable, secure, and stable solutions to complex problems
·         Draft requirements & technical/end user documentation
·         Administrate workstations and servers in backup capacity
·         Define and execute project planning & estimates to meet requirements

·         B.S. in Computer Science/Software Engineering or equivalent work experience
·         Experience working with end users
·         Able to work with common editors, i.e. as Adobe Dreamweaver & Microsoft Visual Studio
·         Able to work independently on a variety of requirements
·         Applies experience to solve new and existing technical challenges
·         Able to work with third party solutions and APIs
·         Considers security, scalability, and stability of integration techniques & methodology
·         Proficient with XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript/JQuery/Prototype integration
·         Experience in common web-based languages required (PHP/C#)
·         Experience with database development required (MySQL/MSSQL, functions/stored procedures)
·         Experience with content management systems and frameworks preferred
·         Familiar with XML/XSL and web technologies (JSON/SOAP/REST) preferred
·         Familiar with version control systems preferred
·         Familiar with model-view-controller methodology preferred
·         Experience with server technology (Linux/Windows Server/Apache) preferred
·         Technical documentation experience preferred
·         1 to 3 years’ experience preferred

To apply, send your cover letter, resume and references to:
Fax: (812) 234-3217

And here’s a great way to discover why you should work for this company:

04 November 2013

Job opening at Neoteric Hovercraft: Purchasing Agent

Here’s your chance to work for the world’s original light hovercraft manufacturer, with customers in more than 50 nations – and join the team who created the world-famous BW1 Hovercraft Golf Cart for Bubba Watson. HTC trains exclusively on Neoteric hovercraft.

Neoteric is currently seeking a Purchasing Agent for its Terre Haute, Indiana headquarters. This is a career opportunity with significant growth potential and Neoteric offers a competitive salary along with health, vision and dental insurance.

If you meet the requirements below and would like to offer your skills to the Neoteric team, email your cover letter, resume and references to

High power, low weight aircraft engines, stored in the Neoteric engine bay, await installation.
The purchasing agent will be responsible for ordering all hovercraft components.
Primary responsibilities include:
·         Prepare purchase orders; verify specifications/prices; obtain recommendations from suppliers for substitutions; obtain approval from requisitioning department
·         Forward orders to suppliers; monitor and expedite orders
·         Monitor and analyze pricing for cost control
·         Verify receipt of orders; resolve errors in shipments
·         Process returns and outgoing shipments
·         Manage relations and communications with a large number of vendors
·         Manage inventory
·         Manage filing system
·         Collect, record and document parts information

Desired qualifications:
·         Experience in purchasing
·         Lean manufacturing experience
·         Inventory management experience
·         Computer skills
·         Arithmetic skills
·         Able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
·         Communication skills
·         Strong negotiation skills
·         Motivated self-starter
·         Neat and orderly

Learn more about Neoteric Hovercraft …

and check back for more job openings to be posted this week.