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Hull technology (skids, anti-plow, buoyancy foam)

  • The hull can be seen here assembled underneath the Hovercraft. Neoteric Engineers have put extensive effort into designing the Hovertrek Hull.
  • Hovercraft hull asssembled
  • Here, the anti-plow feature integrated into the hull has been highlighted. Neoteric has integrated technology into the hull that effectively reduces the effects of plow-in.
  • Hovercraft hull anti plow feature
  • The skids of the Hovertrek hull have been highlighted in this photo. The skids consists of multiple layers of extra reinforcement to ensure their durability. These protect the hull from damage caused by abrasion and bottom impacts.
  • protective landing skids
  • Neoteric employees conduct a foaming operation. Every hull is injected with USCG approved closed-cell foam to give it positive buoyancy. Every Hovertrek has at least 100% buoyancy meaning they cannot sink even if the hull is breached.
  • uscg approved flotation foam injection
  • A Hovertrek hull has been cut in half to show the distribution of the buoyancy foam. Notice the absence of any air pockets.
  • hovercraft hull cross section
  • Neoteric employees set to the waters to test the buoyancy of the Hovertrek hull. Since the Hovertrek has over 100% positive buoyancy, it could stay afloat even if broken in half.
  • positive flotation demonstration

High power/Low weight Engine

  • 1. High-output low weight aircraft engines await assembly in our engine bay. Neoteric takes advantage of the best power-to-weight ratio available on the market.
  • aircraft engines for hovercraft
  • 2. Here a Neoteric employee finishes up the last minute details on one of the Engine modules. Neoteric builds the engines into a modular unit in order to decrease service time and cost.
  • modular hovercraft engine system
  • 3. An engine module is hoisted into a Hovertrek for assembly. Aside from increasing serviceability, it also decreases manufacturing time.
  • installing hovercraft engine

Reverse System

  • 1. A close up of a Hovertrek reverse thrust bucket is seen here. Neoteric Hovercraft are the only craft in the world to be equipped with our patented reverse thrust system.
  • hovercraft thrust reverser
  • 2. Here the bucket is seen in the rear position. Our thrust buckets are controlled by electronic actuators operating on a fly-by-wire system. This reduces weight, improves reliability and decreases the demand on the pilot.
  • fly by wire control system
  • 3. In this photo, thrust buckets recently installed on this Hovertrek are being aligned. Our reverse system is unlike any other on the market and is held to our exacting standards.
  • installing reverse thrust systems

Skirt technology (quick-attach, anti-plow & anti-scoop segments)

  • 1. Chris Fitzgerald, Neoteric president accelerates an HT6 rescue craft over hump speed. Our anti-scoop technology makes the HoverTrek quick to accelerate while providing an excellent seal at the same time.
  • hovercraft anti-scoop system in action
  • 2. Each individual skirt segment is hand-fabricated to ensure each one meets our quality standard.
  • making skirt segments
  • 3. A close-up of our quick attach/detach skirt system is shown here. Our attachment system requires no tools and allows skirts to be removed or installed in seconds.
  • hovercraft skirt attachments

High efficiency/small diameter Fan

  • 1. Here our intake duct is modeled in NX solid/surface modeling software. All hovertrek ducting has been rigorously designed and tested to produce the most efficient flow available on the light hovercraft market.
  • hovercraft anti-scoop system in action
  • 2. The assembly of our 9-blade Wing fan is being finished onto an engine module. These axial-flow fans can propel the hovertrek to speeds upwards of 45mph under some conditions.
  • making skirt segments
  • 3. A 12-blade Wing fan sits ready to go inside of an HT6 intake bell. Notice the tight tolerance between the fan blade and the intake bell wall.
  • hovercraft skirt attachments

Trailers

  • 1. A Neoteric welder works on the assembly of a Hover-on Hover-off trailer. Every one of our trailers have been designed and built with quality in mind.
  • welding hovercraft trailer
  • 2. A HT6 anxiously sits upon a Hover-on Hover-off trailer just before testing. These specially designed trailers permit fast loading and unloading for demanding rescue situations.
  • hover on hover off trailer in use
  • 3. Here our standard trailer can be seen awaiting a Hovercraft. All of our trailers have been designed to require only one man for loading/unloading.
  • trailer requires only one man to load and unload

Digitizing/CNC tooling

  • 1. 3D-Engineering of Cincinnati, Ohio collects data from our HT6 Body Plug in the first step of the digitizing process. 3D-Engineering uses a 7-axis Faro Platinum LaserScan CMM capable of collecting 20,000 data points per second with accuracy up to 0.005″.
  • laser scanning hovercraft body
  • 2. Here the data points from our HT6 Body plug have been uploaded into NX parametric feature-based modeling software. NX software is widely used in the automotive and aerospace sectors due to its ability to produce high quality models.
  • modeling body from scan data
  • 3. After the data points have been surfaced, 3D-Engineering implements any design changes and then refines our models to perfection.
  • improving computer model of body
  • 4. Shown here are the highly refined models created by 3D-Engineering which will be used to create new-generation tooling. This will be used to create the best HoverTrek yet.
  • new 3d hovercraft computer models
  • 5. After all modeling is finished, we have the capability to run design studies and in-depth reviews. The data will be closely analyzed in order to eliminate any flaws and produce a better Hovercraft than ever before.
  • review and analysis of designs
  • 6. When all modeling and painstaking refinement is finished we forward the data to our plug builder. The plug builder will input the data into CNC routers which will machine our next-generation tooling to within several thousandths of an inch. Tooling this accurate is unseen in the light.
  • preparing to build body plug from models

Neoteric Special Project: Steel Building

  • Neoteric employees prepare to move a new 7,000-pound steel building from the area in which it was constructed to its eventual location. Company engineers devised a system to hover the building on a cushion of air, greatly reducing the difficulty of the project.
  • steel building moving hoverlifter
  • The hover system for the building uses two modified hovercraft engine modules, one at each end of the building.
  • hovercraft engine module on building
  • The engines are started up and the building begins its transit across the grounds.
  • moving building across factory
  • Moving the building along the walkway
  • building floats down sidewalk
  • Directing the building as it approaches the east factory building
  • steering hoverlifter building
  • The building begins to make the turn as it passes the east building.
  • steel building passes factory
  • Continuing the operation, the building continues its course.
  • moving 7000 pound building on air
  • Neoteric crew members propel the building from behind as well as in front
  • pushing building across facility
  • The team pauses for a moment to plan out the steps to get the building around several young trees to its destination.
  • plotting course for hovering building
  • The building is guided across a grassy area to its final position.
  • hovering building across grass
  • After the building has been set in place outside the main offices and prepared for its use as a fireproof storage location, company files are moved inside.
  • moving documents into storage building

Hovercraft in different languages

Hovercrafts have different names in different languages. Some of them are following:

  • Hovercraft
  • Aéroglisseur
  • Luftkissenfahrzeug
  • Poduszkowiec
  • Ilmatyynyalus
  • Svävare
  • Luchtkessenreau
  • воздушного судна
  • aerodeslizador
  • Суда на воздушной подушке
  • légpárnás
  • Vznášedlo
  • air boat
  • lucht boot
  • bateau d’air
  • Luftboot
  • βάρκα αέρα
  • crogiolo di aria
  • barco do ar
  • шлюпка воздуха , воздушного судна
  • barco del aire
  • ATV sales
  • Airboat
  • Rigid inflatable boat
  • حوامة

Trials of air cushion hovercraft Christy 6132 under the conditions of deep snow

The company Christy Hovercraft organized another test drive of the hovercraft Christy 6132 Wednesday, March 3. The trials occurred under the conditions of deep snow.

The test drive was fulfilled on the open space covered by deep dense snow (depth – 10 m), the temperature – near -10 ˚C. The trails aimed to prove maneuverability and controllability of the craft, to estimate effectiveness of its steering system, and to check engine installation in operation. Senior engineers of the company participated in the trials.

The trials confirmed advantages of twin-engine system of the craft, segmented skirt and aerodynamic form of hull. As well loading and unloading of the craft from a transportation trailer were tested. It was tested in order to find exact construction of the container, allowing to an owner of the craft to drive up and drive down from the trailer without exterior help.

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