Aerovane Jig & Accessories
2013 Aerovane Jig user manual in pdf
On December 2009, Firenock LLC introduced the Aerovane Jig. After trying to work with the tools available on the market for 3 years and still not able to unleash the full potential of what Aerovane can do, we decided to build our own jig and its associated accessories. We are now offering our high precision Aerovane Jig, Aerovane Clamp, Laser Alignment Module, instant adhesive AG0600, and other accessories to make Aerovane to perform the best.
High precision: up to 1/72°
One of the main features of Aerovane Jig is the Aerovane Jig Index. It is made of Level 3 hard anodized CNC aluminum supported by two ABEC#5 ceramic ball bearings to ensure perfect alignment and smoothness. The matched support hook is also supported by 2 ball bearings which this design allows the arrow to be fully supported and for extra smooth operation. For arrow holding, a triple O-rings system plus a wedge design is used to ensure perfect arrow holding while fletching. The dual magnet design allows precision angle adjustment. Each magnet is supported by independent 1mm per turn CNC machined screw which can be further tightened by hand for fine adjustment and locked down via an Allen key. The hook knob and the depth screw are made from bar stock brass or stainless steel for maximum durability. The use of an index plug ensures future performance even wear and tear; one just needs to replace the plug and the jig will again be within 1/72° accurate or better in precision.
Versatile arrow compatibility
To get perfect arrow alignment on the jig, an interchangeable precision chuck and hook system is developed. Firenock Aerovane Jig consists of 7+1 chucks and 3+3+1 hooks. (The chuck is tapered and precisely machined to provide zero play chuck interchange ability). The ball bearing arrow support hooks are also color-coded for easy size identification. Picture above shown all 7 fixed sizes chuck in gold for 0.297" - 0.303" (common bolts, 22 size, Firenock C, D, F, J, Q and V style), black for 0.240" - 0.248" (Gold Tip, Carbon Express, Firenock S style), red for 0.200" - to 0.205" (Axis, Trophy Ridge, Firenock A style). There is also a 0.166" chuck system for G nock. In 2013, new fixed chucks were added to the list of fixed chucks: 0.225" (E style, aka H nock chuck), 0.285" (Y style, to fit Carbon Express and Easton FMJ crossbow arrows), and a PIN nock chuck. The fixed size chucks are made of 303 stainless with 3 O-rings (except for pin nock chuck which uses a clamp fit) for perfect alignment and solid grabbing of arrows. Chuck released in 2013 are tinted in bronze as shown in the picture above. For those who want maximum flexibility, an adjustable chuck and hook system is now available as an option to cover 0.115" to 0.667". Video for installation below:
All the hook sets are also available with the slide ability to do offset up to 1.5 degree to the right. This allows you to set offset without the need to adjust the magnet and still be quite precise (±0.25 degree due to eyeballing). The laser engraved slide hook has 4 markings and should bottom out at 1.5 degree at maximum. It is a fantastic addition for those who shoot slower speed arrow and/or use other vanes besides Aerovane. This feature is available in all hook sizes, including the adjustable chuck. Also all ball bearings on Firenock Aerovane hooks are improved and they are now all wobble free while rotating as the stainless screws are replaced with precision brass shoulder bolts to ensure the tolerance is close to ZERO. Below is a picture of Laser Alignment Module mounted on an Aerovane Jig with laser shining parallel on the vane, arrow shaft and jig index groove.
For 2013, we have added a few more accessories to the Aerovane Jig. As many customers would like to use Aerovane Jig as their only fletching Jig, but the space between the hook and the adjustable chuck is not enough to do a 5" feather or any 5" long vane. Therefore we offer a long vane/feather adapter for the Aerovane Jig. A 7 index chuck is also added for those who prefer to use a 4 vane configuration at 90 degree or 60 degree separation.
Aerovane Jig comes with 4 index points as its standard configuration, this allows one to fletch 2 or 3 vanes configuration perfectly. The current 4 index points are 0, 120, 180, and 240 degree. Many customers have asked for more indexes to allow one to fletch 4 vanes and other configuration. As of 21st May 2012, an optional 7 index system has been offered. This index has 0, 60, 90, 120, 180, 240, and 270 degree which allows one to do other configuration with ease. Below are 2 examples of 4 vanes configuration fletched with 7 index.
High precision Aerovane Stainless Clamp
A lot of magnetic based clamps are available for sale on the market, however almost none of them could satisfy today's demanding hunters and could achieve excellent fletching result even with the Aerovane 1/16” brass bar installed. In response to this issue, Firenock has developed Aerovane clamp with the 1/16” straight bar as part of the clamp itself. The Aerovane clamp works similar to the clamp available on the market, but the Aerovane clamp is made of high precision die cast 303 stainless steel and then machined which its precision straightness is up to 0.001". For the pivot point, we utilize zirconia ceramic ball bearings for extra smooth operation, durability, and they are virtually rust free. The extra thick spring system with self alignment capability of the clamp provides a good hold of any vane even if the vane does not have an air channel like Aerovane does. The clamp is also made shorter to better fit today’s popular shorter vane, but can still fletch vanes as long as 3.75”. Perfectly straight fletching could be easily done with the use of the Aerovane clamp. Of course, Aerovane clamp is also a perfect companion accessory for Aerovane Jig as well as other magnetic based fletching jigs.
For 2012, the Aerovane clamp is also being upgraded. The clamp is now thicker for solid feel on the hand and embedded a thicker steel plate for even greater magnetic force. The back notch of the clamp is now higher, 3 more mm to accommodate the fingers of the adjustable chuck when use.
Versatile clamp compatibility with most market available clamps
Aerovane Jig is designed to be compatible with most magnet base jig clamp on the market. Although Firenock does make an excellent high precision 303 stainless Aerovane clamp, we do not make any helical clamp specific for the Aerovane Jig. Thus your investment in clamps from Bitzenburger, Grayling, Martin will not be wasted as they should be fully compatible with Aerovane Jig. Below is Aerovane Jig with a helical and a straight Bitzenburger clamp (Note: the helical clamp needs to be shaved from the top to fit due to the need of center pivot on the clamp on parallel magnet system).
Firenock will also offer the Aerovane Jig in a complete package. The package which includes the Aerovane Jig, Aerovane Clamp, Aerovane Glue, 3+1 sets of chuck and v-notch combinations, 4-way adjustable neck, solid base and a carrying case. The carrying case has separated compartments to carry the mentioned parts and there are spaces specifically prepared for a bottle of acetone and some Q-Tips. The carrying case can provide full protection to the Aerovane Jig and its accessories, thus it allows archer to travel with the Aerovane Jig to the remotest places and to fletch arrows as if he was back at home. For those that want to travel light, Aerovane Jig can be easily separated from the neck with the twist of a knob. This design allows the archer to pick and choose how much gear to take while traveling.
Top/Top side: (Embroider side of the bag) Aerovane Jig 2013 (enough space for Adjustable chuck, hook set, and Long Feather Adaptor installed on the jig body), bottle of glue, Water Level, Laser Alignment Module, Stainless clamp and Long Feather Adaptor.
Bottom/Bottom side: (Non embroider side of the bag) Base plate, 4-way Adjustable Neck, adjustable hook, 3 fixed hooks (with or without slide ability), 7 chucks, Adjustable chuck, and room for a small bottle of Acetone.
Different neck/support for professional/enthusiast and industry/production
In production environment, infinite adjustment may not be needed, that is why Firenock offers a solid 303 machined stainless steel neck for the Aerovane Jig which allow Aerovane Jig to be easily mounted on a fletching turntable. While for archery enthusiast, we offer a 4-way adjustable neck to allow one to achieve the optimum angle and position from a coffee table to a workbench with ease. The solid black anodized aluminum base is designed to accommodate either neck. Shown below is an Aerovane Jig with adjustable chuck and hook set on a production neck (top left), and the remaining 3 photos shown Aerovane Jig attached to 4-way adjustable neck at different possible angles.
Aerovane Precision Compact Water Level
In any bow set up and low viscosity gluing environment, precision water level is a must to make sure the arrow is level. That is why Firenock offers a precision Water level. It is a piece of machined Aluminum with 4 ball bearings and a brass knob. It has an open design so it can be put on an arrow from the side without threading from either ends of an arrow. The 4 ball bearings with high precision machined screws make the water level hold and swing smoothly on the arrow without wobble and make it finding the balanced point easily. The compact design makes it extreme portable, while the counter balance brass knob makes the water level extremely stable.
Perfect re-fletching with Laser Alignment Module:
Upon requests from our customers, Firenock has come up with the best and no compromise Laser Alignment system. Aerovane Laser Alignment Module is developed to make vane re-fletching, alignment and set up simple on Aerovane Jig. The high precision 3 lens optics system of Laser Alignment Module emits a straight thin red laser (0.25 - 0.55mm width) on your arrow. This ultra thin laser will allow you to re-alignment an arrow as well as refletching your vane to within 1/4" of degree via the jig's index.
To achieve perfect alignment, best precision and ease of use, the Aerovane Laser Alignment Module is designed to be mounted about 75 mm right above the Aerovane Jig via the 2 holes with 2 screws, with which the laser line will shine along the whole clamp as well as the vane and arrow horizontally. With this optional Laser Alignment Module, perfect single vane re-fletching can be done by bare eyes (which is believed to be 1/4 to 1/16 of a degree accurate). With this Laser Alignment Module, one can precisely make perfect alignment from a perfect centerline. Not only the Laser Alignment Module will give a crisp red line on the arrow, the laser can even provide good indication to check whether the vane is aligned perfectly as one can see whether the laser line is parallel with the clamp.
For some customers who may not shot Aerovane, angle adjustments and setting position of the vane may still be needed. By utilizing 4-way adjustable neck, plus a single plane laser rotational adjustment, it is believed that it can now handle any possible vane positions and copy the position via the jig. Below is picture of Laser Alignment Module mounted on an Aerovane Jig with the laser shining parallel on the vane, arrow shaft and jig index groove.
Long Vane/Feather Adapter
Aerovane Jig Long Vane/Feather Adapter is a piece of CNC machined Aluminum and then silver anodized. This adapter comes with a stainless hook screw and a brass washer as a kit. This kit added 1.5" length to the standard Aerovane Jig. This adapter makes Aerovane Jig able to handle longer vane and feather that are up to 5.25 inches. This adapter is backward compatible with all versions of Aerovane Jig. It is designed to fit with every single version of the hook and chuck set which make this a perfect companion accessory for shop that uses the Aerovane Jig for every fletching. For the archery enthusiast, they can now only own one jig and can handle nearly all their fletching needs.
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