expert-subject Aircraft An aerodyne is a heavier-than-air aircraft which derives lift from motion. By contrast, an aerostat (such as a balloon) uses buoyancy to fly.
Types of aerodynesThere are several types of aerodynes, including:
Fixed-wing aerodynesAll aerodynes that owe lift to their wings are fixed-wing aerodynes. The most common example is the aeroplane. Other examples include hang gliders and lifting bodies. (A convertiplane is a fixed-wing aircraft that achieves flight by the physical rotation of its engines.)
Rotary-wing aerodynesHelicopters are the most widely known, but autogyros, gyrodynes, and tiltrotors are other types of rotary-wing aerodynes.
OrnithoptersAn ornithopter is an aircraft that is neither a fixed-wing nor a rotary-wing craft. It obtains lift by the flapping of its wings in a bird-like fashion.
Other uses of the word and popular cultureIn addition, the name may refer to:
- K-100 Aerodyne – a Kenworth truck.
- Aerodyne dropship – a fictional vehicle in the BattleTech game.
- The Aerodyne – a 1986 short film directed by Stan Brakhage.
- In the war game Ground Control by Massive Entertainment, all aircraft except Drop Ships are referred to as various types of aerodynes (Attack Aerodyne, Bomber Aerodyne, and so on).
- The Fender Aerodyne Telecaster, a contemporary model of the classic Fender Telecaster Electric guitar.
aerodyne in Spanish: Aerodino
aerodyne in French: Aérodyne
aerodyne in Italian: Aerodina
aerodyne in Polish: Aerodyna
aerodyne in Portuguese: Aerodino
aerodyne in Romanian: Aerodină