Exploration and Survey

Aero-trekking is the exploration of a remote area at low altitude and speed in an ultralight aircraft. Aero-trekking became popular in 2005 in Arizona and New Mexico. The ultralight aircraft provides a platform for pilot-trekkers to aerially view topography barely accessible by other means.

We love the concept and believe we can make it even more immersive. The key is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft that is thrilling to fly and can land almost anywhere – enabling explorers to interact with the worlds they encounter.

The Aero-X is a tandem-duct VTOL craft with a compact footprint. It can set-down in small spaces or stop in the air and hover like a helicopter. Unlike a helicopter, it is not difficult to fly. Nor does it have exposed rotors, permitting maneuvers closer to obstacles. In the 1960’s the Piasecki Aircraft Corp. demonstrated these craft could fly within trees and over water. We’ve reinvented the platform and believe they’ll be exhilarating in valleys and canyons, or other undiscovered places inaccessible to traditional vehicles.

The same qualities that make the Aero-X an attractive platform for exploration apply to aerial surveying and study. Surveying by air covers more area in a shorter time than can be achieved with ground vehicles or trekking on foot. The higher speeds of fixed-wing aircraft however, do not permit the level of photographic detail and accuracy of measurement achievable with a VTOL craft capable of slow close-in flight.

Whether flying with a passenger or in groups, or with auxiliary tanks for extended treks, the Aero-X will bring a new dimension to discovering the natural world around us. And when it’s time to study or document what we’ve found, the Aero-X will provide aerial utility in hard to reach places.