What is the Aero-X?
The Aero-X is an aerial all-terrain vehicle, literally. It is a surface effect vehicle, similar to a hovercraft. Like a hovercraft it uses the benefit of the surface below it to provide lift, but unlike a hovercraft it does not rely on that surface for stability, so it is able to fly higher.
Where can I fly the Aero-X?
The Aero-X can be used over private land and water, and wherever off-highway vehicles are allowed – subject to local regulation. In the US, off-highway vehicles cannot be operated over roads or in urban areas.
Is it safe?
Yes, the Aero-X is safe for its intended purposes.
Who regulates the Aero-X?
Surface effect vehicles and hovercraft are classified as off-highway vehicles and boats – depending on where they are operated. Over US land, off-road vehicles are typically regulated by the department of motor vehicles, and over water they are regulated by applicable Coast Guard regulations.
What standards is the Aero-X built to?
The Aero-X is designed to the Hoverclub of America Construction Regulations for Light Hovercraft, and manufactured to the Light Sport Aircraft ASTM F2972-12 standard for quality assurance.
Where is it best to fly?
As the Aero-X uses the surface for lift, it is best suited for flat terrain or undulating hills. It is not well suited to mountainous terrain or where big shifts in altitude occur. One way to think of it is as hovercraft – if you wouldn’t go there on a hovercraft, then you wouldn’t want to on the Aero-X either.