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The Aerovane® Series 

 

Designed in US Illinois, Aerovane is the first ever vane that employed Airfoil Technology for archery arrows (US Patent # 8105189).  Aerovane does not look like and does not work like traditional vanes.  Aerovane is not flat, but instead, it is shaped like an airplane wing and works like an airplane wing.  Traditional vanes use drag to induce arrow rotation, but there is a huge loss in energy and speed of your arrow.  Aerovane, however, with Airfoil Technology, not only induces or initiates arrow rotation, but also maintains it.  With its ability to retain that arrow rotation, there is a minimum loss of energy and speed. 

Aerovane flies quieter than traditional vanes.  While its lower half is designed like an airplane wing, its frontal curvature, the wing itself, takes heavily from an owl’s wing, the only bird on earth that can flies in complete silence.  Equipped with Aerovane, your archery projectile will fly flatter, straighter, and more accurately and quietly. 

You can shoot Aerovane with confidence.

     

    Development

    When the first Aerovane (Aerovane I) was introduced in the spring of 2008, a lot about the connection between aerodynamics and arrow-dynamics was not fully understood.  For example, Aerovane I’s smooth surface was deigned with the intention to decrease frictional air drag.  We soon discovered a smooth surface area does the opposite -- increasing frictional air drag.  In order to improve the design of Aerovane I, we went to consult low-speed airfoil expert, Professor Michael Selig of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Afterwards, Aerovane II was born.  Along with new specifically calculated micro-textured zones, the main additional feature to the Aerovane II was its single airfoil design.  After finally accomplishing a vane that could indeed decrease frictional drag, with the assistance of Professor Selig, we discovered the power of airfoils: the ability to take advantage of Aerodynamics Elasticity Memory or AEM.  By taking advantage of an airfoil and thus AEM, not only could we minimize drag, but we could promote circular lift -- allowing your Aerovane equipped arrow to shoot flatter and higher.

        With the experience of building Aerovane I, Aerovane II and with the launch of Aerovane Jig, Aerovane III was introduced in 2013. In brief, Aerovane III is a more aggressive design of Aerovane II.  Aerovane III incorporates the results of our research in the aerodynamic and arrow-dynamic relationship such as the decision to increase the size of the airfoil, to add another micro-textured zone, and to add a winglet.  Designed especially to virtually ignore strong crosswinds, Aerovane III is the ultimate vane for today’s high speed arrows.

      Aerovane II vs. Aerovane III

      To best understand the difference between the two vanes, there first must be a clarification of similarities.  Both Aerovane II and III, at their core, integrate the same proven vertical structure and slim pyramid design that reduces wow and flutter -- resulting in a flatter and smoother during flight.  Both are made of the same 92 durometer hardness plastic molded with the same aspect ratio as an owl’s wing for a truly silent flight.  Both are also the same length at 50mm or 1.967 inches.  And finally, as of 2018, both are designed in 12 colors (red, pink, orange, yellow, green, lime, mint, blue, violet, black, white and clear) each.  Now to those differences.

      Below is a breakdown of our Aerovanes' characteristics, features and capabilities.  Want a video format of this breakdown?  Find it here

      Aerovane III

      Aerovane II

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      Height    12mm or 0.55 inches

      Length  50mm or 1.967”

      Weight   0.42 grams or 6.48 grain

      Texture Zones    3 (0.0150mm, 0.0201mm, 0.0402mm)

      Design   Air-foil design

      Minimum fps    > 260 fps *if fletched straight

      Lift Efficiency   About 72,000 Ronalds

      Crosswind Signature    About 1.25” in diameter

      Structure  More rigid; more broad-head control

      Rotation   About 60 turns in first 20 yards with 300fps arrow

      Broadheads

      • Bloodsport Wraith™ Deep-cut
      • Hartcraft w/ Trophy I Blade
      • Muzzy Tracer
      • NAP: Nightmare, Thunderhead Edge, Thunderhead Razor, Spitfire Edge, Braxe, & Spitfire Maxx
      • QAD Excudo Swept Bales
      • Rage: Extreme, Hyodermic
      • Slick Trick: 100 & 125
      • Ramcat (not larger than 1 3/8” cut)
      • Trophy Ridge Meat Seeker 3 Blade

      Height    10mm or 0.393 inches

      Length  50mm or 1.967”

      Weight    0.336 grams or 5.18 grain

      Texture Zones    4 (" + 0.0005mm)

      Design   Air-foil with winglet design

      Minimum fps    > 270 fps *if fletched straight

      Lift Efficiency   About 120,000 Ronalds

      Crosswind Signature    About 1” in diameter

      Structure  Less rigid; optimizes Aerodynamic Elasticity Memory

      Rotation  About 90 turns in first 20 yards with 300fps arrow

      Broadheads

      • Hartcraft w/ Trophy I Blade
      • Slick Trick: 100 & 125
      • Ramcat SBG 1”

      How Does Aerovane Fly So Quietly? A Feature Summary

      All in all, these are the three central contributing factors to Aerovane's success.

      1. Rigid Airfoil : one of the hardest vanes on the market, Aerovane is also designed as a slim pyramid to ensure rigidity.  With that stiff design, wow and flutter (together, also known as harmonics or oscillation frequency) are minimized. 
      2. Round Leading Edge : Aerovane is modeled after an owl's wing.  With its rounded edges, Aerovane allows air to flow over with minimum air molecule to air molecule disturbance.  This also minimizes the formation of a delta vortex, which robs speed and creates sound.
      3. Micro-textured Surface : There are 3 zones of micro-texturing on each side of the Aerovane II and 4 zones on the Aerovane III.  Designed to minimize back end turbulence and vacuum back pressure, this technique minimizes surface to air drag (i.e. friction).

      Notes:

      1. For best results, fletch Aerovane with the Aerovane Jig with the Aerovane Straight Stainless Steel Clamp for arrows shooting at no less than 280 fps.
      2. For best results, fetch Aerovane by following these steps very carefully.
      3. Aerovanes work best fletched straight.
      4. Aerovanes can be fletched with a 1.5 degree offset if your arrows are shooting at low speeds (~150 fps).
      5. Aerovanes work best with a bow with close to perfect nock travel.
      6. Aerovanes work best with arrows that are about or longer than your draw length.
      7. Aerovane II works best with a full containment rest (e.g. AeroRest, Hostage Pro, QuickTune 360) with uneven nock travel bows.
      8. Aerovane II can work with a worn-down Whisker Biscuit Arrow rest as Aerovane II has a thick frontal end, which can open the bristles and let the vane pass through the rest with minimal drag.
      9. Aerovane III cannot be shot with a worn out Whisker Biscuit arrow rest.
      10. Aerovane III requires an aerodynamically efficient broad-head (e.g. RamCat with Single Bevel Grind Blades; see table above for a detailed list of acceptable broad-heads).