Because the interwebs are crammed full of crazy things, and sometimes the purpose of those things is not immediately discernible, we present WTF Is It?
WTF is it?
The Aero-X is a lightweight low-altitude hovercraft that handles like a motorbike.
So what's it do?
Powered by a reliable rotary engine that runs on gas and can boost it to speeds of 45 MPH, the 785-pound hoverbike can carry two people over almost any terrain at a maximum height of 12 feet. A full fuel tank will last about 75 minutes.
Who makes it?
Aerofex, an aircraft design firm that wants to make personal flight affordable for individuals.
Is it in any way useful?
Besides being one of the coolest toys we’ve ever seen, the Aero-X — which can take off and land vertically without a runway — could be incredibly helpful for disaster relief, search and rescue operations and other such tasks in areas of the world where remote travel is difficult.
You’re just saying that to justify wanting one, right?
We plead the Fifth.
The last thing I flew was a paper airplane, so how am I going to fly this thing?
The Aero-X has an intuitive pilot interface that you can learn to operate safely in just a weekend.
Can I buy one?
The company is taking refundable $5,000 deposits to reserve a production position for the Aero-X and plans to deliver the $85,000 vehicle to customers on a first come, first served basis in 2017.
Should I buy one?
In our unbiased, professional opinion, hell yes.
May I see some proof?
It’s right here in this pudding, er, video: