The Aero-X Hovercraft Will Land in 2017

A Bold Ride! [click on image to enlarge]

Don’t be surprised if your city streets start looking like an episode of The Jetsons in 2017. Aerofex, a tech company based in California, has confirmed it will launch the Aero-X personal hovercraft in three years time, barring no hiccups with testing.

Personal flight has been attempted unsuccessfully many times before, but this hoverbike might actually catch on. The Aero-X rides like a motorcycle and features seating for an extra passenger with a combined carrying weight of 310lbs, so you’d better lay off the snacks if you’ve got a friend.

Power comes courtesy of a small naturally aspirated rotary engine, which drives the dual front and rear carbon fiber fan blades to produce lift. The engine runs on regular unleaded gasoline, and provides a maximum of 1.25 hours of flight per tank, which comes as one of the vehicle’s downsides.

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On the plus side, riders can cruise around at heights of up to 12 feet off the ground and at speeds of up to 45mph. That might sound a bit adventurous; especially in the event that something goes wrong, which could happen. Luckily, the Aero-X features redundant control systems to land safely and reduce speed in the odd chance that the engine fails or you run out of gas.

The blades are housed in ducts to allow for focused airflow, but also to reduce accidental contact with hands, feet, faces, or really anything that might find its way into a quick-spinning blade.

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The Aero-X reportedly won’t require a pilot’s license to operate, though individual states could require occupants to receive similar certification, in the same way that boaters need a boating license.

The price for all this Jetsonian wizardry – $85,000, but if you’re real antsy to get your hands on one, you can reserve an Aero-X for just $5,000 down. A Bold Price Too!

PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Mercier-Jones Supercraft
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OapWfmPGiuU ]

The Aero-X reportedly won’t require a pilot’s license to operate, though individual states could require occupants to receive similar certification, in the same way that boaters need a boating license.

The price for all this Jetsonian wizardry – $85,000, but if you’re real antsy to get your hands on one, you can reserve an Aero-X for just $5,000 down.

PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Mercier-Jones Supercraft

https://autos.yahoo.com/news/aero-x-hovercraft-land-2017-143035406.html

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3 Comments

bluesbaby5050: I bet the insurance is pretty pricey too!

Just imagine all the crashes, and the people falling off of them. The hospitals will have an even harder time to service all those people. I hope they come with some kind of reversible canopy in case of rain. It would become pretty cold in the air when the temperature drops outside also. Maybe some kind of a heated body suit could be purchased along with this. (Just another idea). Maybe I shouldn't give all my ideas away, people pay good money for them LOL! I wonder WHY they didn't make them to run on SOLAR energy? Use the same idea as the electric cars we have now, and the solar bikes we already have in use, even in my city people are using these now, because I see them daily. Or make them to run even on water? Some newer cars are already doing this right now! This would be better then using Gasoline! I really know the reason behind this one, because they- TPTB need to make an even LARGER profit from them. Some people will pay to feed this new machine. And if I can come up with better ideas, then so can they as well.

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Thirty years after the movie thriller "The Spy Who Loved Me" hit the silver screen, 'sQuba' is the first car that can actually fly under water. The Rinspeed sQuba will have it's world debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
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