Did Aerofex invent the tandem-duct?
No, we are following in the footsteps of trailblazers. They include Igor Benson who developed the “Propcopter”, and the engineers at NASA Langley who did pioneering work in 1959. Frank Piasecki was the first to put a flying tandem duct vehicle into practice in the early ‘60’s. He benefited from work of his predecessors, Charles Zimmerman who invented the ducted fan, and Stanley Hiller who first put it into flight in the 1950’s.
How is the Aero-X different?
The Aero-X is based on a patented design that allows the pilot to fly as if riding a motorcycle. These two innovations make the Aero-X unlike any other tandem-duct vehicle. The control system has a cascading effect on simplicity allowing single piece fans and a direct drive powertrain that is another Aerofex innovation. The result is a mechanically simple and reliable vehicle, that is intuitive to operate.