Neoteric is no ordinary hovercraft company. Founded in 1960 and incorporated
in 1969, they have stood the test of time through their experience and
professionalism while countless others have come and gone. Formed by a
group of Australian engineers, their objective has been to innovate and
produce technically unchallengeable, light hovercraft.
Research began as early as 1960 with various machines being tested, evolving
and then being put aside. In 1964, the company, then known as Australian
Air Cushion Vehicle Development (AACVD), competed in the first world hovercraft
race. As experience mounted, the Rotary International Foundation awarded
AACVD's president, Chris Fitzgerald a scholarship for a world hovercraft
study tour which resulted in contact with virtually every hovercraft project
in existence. This enabled the company to capitalize and improve on the
latest overseas ideas.
Innovations continued and, by 1973, a prototype hovercraft, the Neova,
was completed and put through a trials series to ensure that it would
meet the company's exacting specifications. In order to facilitate world
patents and promotions for this craft, AACVD decided to form a new company,
Neoteric Engineering Affiliates Pty. Ltd. Defined as novel and contemporary,
this name was chosen to exemplify both their clients and their product.
Once patents were obtained, Neoteric created staggering world interest
when it introduced the Neova at a press demonstration in July of 1974
on the Yarra river in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. All were anticipating
a promising future for this curious new flying machine.
With the hope of selling their technology to the burgeoning recreational
vehicle market in the United States, the engineering team made what was
intended to be a temporary move to the USA in 1975. After a short time,
however, they discovered that there was a virgin market for the manufacturing
of hovercraft and began reorienting their company's focus in that direction.
This spurred the spin-off company, Neoteric, Inc., which also trades under
the names of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and Neoteric U.S.A., Inc. Over
the next several years, many hovercraft were developed and market-tested,
but by far the most successful model was the Racer, subsequently called
the Questrek (as demand for racing vehicles was small). This hovercraft
was a distillation of all of the best features of Neoteric's trial models.
It's affordability, efficiency and versatility made it the company's most
popular hovercraft. Other successful models included the Neova 4, Neova
6, Neova 8, Explorer and Workhorse.
In their unceasing quest for the ultimate hovercraft, the engineers at
Neoteric made a very difficult decision in 1994. Despite the success of
their Questrek, they needed a way of making hovercraft more efficiently.
This meant totally redesigning the craft so that it could be manufactured
more simply. The entire design/engineering cadre was summoned to the United
States several times over a period of five years, resulting in 12,000
hours of development and the most desirable craft available today...the
Hovertrek. More information about this latest development will follow.
Today, Neoteric boasts a clientele that spans 50 countries and includes
Disney World, local and national rescue departments, dive teams, gold
mines, environmental and fishery research departments at universities,
oil-spill clean-up, the US Army Corps of Engineers and, of course, numerous
people who enjoy exploring remote areas that cannot be reached by any
other means. Having logged in excess of 145,000 man-hours of product development,
their engineers are committed to constant refinement in order to provide
the most recent hovercraft technology.