The Aero-X

Platform

The Aero-X is our take on the next-generation tandem-duct platform. Flying up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 miles per hour, the Aero-X is a surface-effect craft that rides like a motorcycle - an off road vehicle that gets you off the ground.

The Aero-X can be adapted for a variety of uses: surveying, search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, agricultural, ranching, rural transportation and...

Because it responds to your movements just as a motorcycle would, the Aero-X is intuitive to fly. And as it is built with very few moving parts, its cost of ownership is a fraction of even the most basic airplane or helicopter.

Flight . . . simple, affordable, safe.

Performance

  • Occupancy: 2 persons
  • Altitude: 0 to 12 feet above surface level
  • Airspeed: 0 to 45 mph (72 kmh)
  • Takeoff Speed: 0 mph
  • Useful Load: 310 lbs (140 kgs)
  • Duration: 1.25 hours

Specifications

  • Dimensions:
  • Length: 14.8 feet (4.5 m)
  • Width: 6.8 feet (2.1 m)
  • Height: 4.1 feet (1.25 m)
  • Dry weight: 785 lbs (356 kg)
  • Fuel: automotive gasoline

Design Features

  • Intuitive pilot interface
  • Fixed-pitch carbon fiber fans
  • Four-wheel gear with castoring aft wheels
  • Two-position control bars
  • Carbon fiber composite primary structure

Powertrain

  • Normally aspirated three–rotor rotary engine
  • Direct drive composite driveshafts
  • Oil-cooled gearboxes

Safety Features

  • Vertical take-offs and landings without runways or forward speed
  • Ducts shroud rotating fans from ground personnel and obstacles
  • 3:2 engine redundancy
  • Powertrain monitoring system
  • Redundant control system
  • Roll bar
  • Whole vehicle airbags

Optional Features

  • Whole vehicle airbags
  • Floatation pontoons for water operations
  • Mounting, USB, and power provisions for auxiliary equipment
  • DOT approved transport trailer