The Aero-X hoverbike is the product of a California-based company called Aerofex. The company have been developing the Aero-X for a few years now, and just recently they’ve announced that the vehicle could go on sale to the general public as early as 2017. Aerofex is led by Mark DeRoche, an experienced aerospace engineer who has made it his mission to make flying cheaper, safer and easier.
The Aerofex Aero-X hoverbike is capable of carrying two people at speeds of up to 45 mph, while skimming along at a maximum altitude of 10 feet (3 metres). But like any new type of vehicle, that’s just the start. It would be shortsighted to imagine that’s the maximum performance achievable by a hoverbike. After a few years of testing the performance potential could increase dramatically.
The Aerofex Aero-X hoverbike can take-off and land vertically allowing it to theoretically be used in extremely confined areas. Aerofex also say their creation is relatively easy to fly, requiring just a couple of days of training before new pilots can be let loose.
Power for the Aerofex Aero-X hoverbike comes from a naturally aspirated three-rotor rotary engine which drives the carbon fiber fans at the front and rear of the vehicle. Fueled with regular automotive gasoline, on a full tank the Aero-X provides around 85 minutes of flight time.
Aerofex see the Aero-X hoverbike as primarily a recreational vehicle to begin with. But thanks to its unique capabilities, in the future they envisage its use in search and rescue, surveying, border patrol, disaster relief, cattle ranching and more.
While the Aero-X isn’t the first hoverbike featured on this site, it looks like it will probably be the first one which will be commercially available. Aerofex are currently accepting refundable deposits of $5,000 to reserve the next available production Aero-X hoverbike. The current estimated final price of the vehicle is $85,000.
Aerofex Aero-X Specifications:
Length: 14.8 feet (4.5 metres)
Width: 6.8 feet (2.1 metres)
Height: 4.1 feet (1.25 metres)
Dry Weight: 785 lbs (365 kgs)
Fans: carbon fiber 5 blades
Main Structure: carbon fiber