Aerofex is developing the building blocks for personal air mobility and utility.  Our growing portfolio of innovations enable use cases for aviation that are currently cost-prohibitive or simply not feasible. The examples below are just a few of the many applications enabled by our work. 

Power Washing Solar Plants

Solar energy generation is growing rapidly. Cleaning the panels is essential, but current methods are water intensive. Using downwash to clean from above may reduce water and expense.

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Aerial Agriculture

Almost all crops are sprayed – even organics. Spraying by air increases yield without trampling plants or damaging the soil. However, aviation is out of the reach of most farms worldwide.

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Urban Air Racing

Could air racing in an urban environment lead to aerial commuters? Using competition to advance tech is not new to aviation. Urban Air Racing may expose the future of commuting.

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Fighting Wildfires by Air

The US Forest Service spent over $500m on aerial firefighting last year. 37 airmen died in firefighting accidents in the last decade. It is an essential service, but we can do better.

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Unexploded Ordnance Remediation

Seventy-eight countries are contaminated by land mines and unexploded ordnance. It kills or maims 15,000–20,000 people every year. It originates from wars and military training grounds.

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Taming Downwash

The exposed blades of helicopters and multicopters generate significant tip-vortices and swirl. Their turbulent downdraft can lead to pilot brownouts and drift when used for spraying.

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Flying Motorcycles

Intuitive personal flight developed on the world’s first flying motorcycle. It could be flown hands-off without any computers or artificial stabilization – only a pilot at the controls.

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Floater

An over-water-tandem duct platform was first flown by the US Navy in the 1960’s. Those flights demonstrated the favorable downwash and ground effect performance of these type of craft.

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Infrastructure Mapping

3D laser scanners have brought new fidelity to infrastructure mapping, enabling remote assessment of damage. They remain too heavy and power intensive for drones, but not all UAVs.

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Aerial Pipeline Inspection

UAVs offer advantages over aircraft for pipeline inspection. They fly lower without endangering a pilot. The image shows a TD-44 UAV hosting a commercial aircraft detector, with room for range.

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Herd Management

Ranching is the third largest market for the light helicopter industry. Even so, there are two issues that limit their use to only the largest ranches and game parks: safety and cost.

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Search and Rescue

Drones are useful for searching but not large enough for rescue. Helicopters are usually too large and their downwash at low altitude can make them extremely hazardous to work around.

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