Aerovel Flexrotor helicopter features Innovative Composite blades

Innovative Composite Engineering custom-built the rotors on Aerovel's Flexrotor rotorcraft, allowing it to perform a vertical takeoff and landing and exceed the day-and-a-half endurance requirement.

Aerovel (White Salmon, Wash., USA) on Aug. 15 demonstrated and announced a successful transition from hover to wing-borne cruise with its Flexrotor prototype rotorcraft. This was made possible with the successful engineering and fabrication of custom rotor blades by Innovative Composite Engineering (ICE, White Salmon). This allows the Flexrotor the cababilities of verticle takeoff (VTOL) with range of 3,000 km and endurance exceeding a day and a half. Aerovel’s president Tad McGeer came to ICE and CEO Steve Maier for help with the design and fabrication of these blades knowing that ICE has supported the UAV industry for many years.

ICE has been an industry leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of composite structures for over 20 years. Since 1989, ICE has accomplished all volume manufacturing, design and prototyping programs in-house for various industries including aerospace, automotive, industrial and recreation. With a state of the art, 62,000-ft2 production facility in White Salmon, WA ICE has been able to stay on the cutting edge of new technologies.

These technologies include such things as teaming up with Pratt and Miller racing who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year with their Corvette Racing Team, which featured the composite driveshaft designed and fabricated by ICE. This driveshaft was designed to reduce weight of the vehicle, while still able to withstand the world’s most grueling endurance race.