News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

July 27, 2013

Hovercraft training center?

Rep. Bucshon sees how military, first responders learn to use skill

TERRE HAUTE — Larry Bucshon strapped on his earmuffs as a hovercraft lifted off the ground Friday at the Wabash River access ramp at Fairbanks Park.

Bucshon, Republican Congressman of the eighth district of Indiana, was accompanied by Chris Fitzgerald, president of Neoteric Hovercraft, and Matt Huckleby, his deputy district manager. The three enjoyed a ride around a portion of the Wabash River as a demonstration of how the hovercraft maneuvers.

“I am acting as an advocate,” Bucshon said. “We do this for all sorts of different people in the district. We try to assist them.”

Fitzgerald hopes to gain Bucshon’s assistance in his pursuit to train nearly 500 homeland security members, [fire dept., police dept., etc.], civilians and military personnel in Terre Haute a year.

“This could bring in more jobs,” Bucshon said. “A goal is job creation.”

He said he would hear Fitzgerald’s proposal and after interacting with staff, he would contact him [Fitzgerald] with his answer. The Dept. of Defense would make the decision on if they would let military personnel train in Terre Haute.

Fitzgerald said they already train fire and police personnel in Terre Haute. Currently, personnel in the military who receive basic training in hovercraft usage do so with simulators. Eventually, they will learn to ride a hovercraft. The hovercraft model currently used by military is larger than the craft Fitzgerald wants to use.

“A lot of people learning to drive a hovercraft drop out of the program because they use such a big and bulky model,” he said. “We are using a smaller aircraft that is a bit easier to control and learn.”

He said cost would be cut down to a fraction that the bigger models demand due to fuel and oil prices. The exact amount is unsure, he said, because the military hasn’t provided any specific numbers to him.

The military would find a number of uses for a smaller craft, he said.

“Currently, they are being used to ship cargo to Pakistan, Korea and China,” Fitzgerald added. “It is 33 times more expensive to use a helicopter instead of moving cargo with one of these hovercrafts.”

Meeting with Bucshon was a “starting process,” he said.

“We will see what will happen in a years time,” he added. “I am just planting the seed at this stage.”

After the demonstration on how a hovercraft works, Bucshon was given a tour of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and how hovercraft are manufactured.

According to a press release, Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is internationally recognized in more than 50 nations for manufacturing light hovercrafts. Its clientele include airport security, U.S. Border Patrol, The U.S. Air Force and police and fire depts. The company even has a model that is used on golf courses.

Bucson’s and the Dept. of Defense’s decisions won’t be known until a later date.

Reporter Dustyn Fatheree can be reached at 812-231-4255 and dustyn.fatheree@tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Today in History for April 17th Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Raw: Three Rare White Tiger Cubs Debut at Zoo
NDN Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News