WIG [Wing-In-Ground] Effect

WIG effect or “Ground effect” is a phenomenon of increase of a lift force and reduction of inductive resistance of a wing approaching a surface.
[ IMO-Guidelines for WIG effect ]


WIG craft

WIG craft is a multimodal craft which, in its main operational mode, flies by using ground effect above the water or some other surface, without constant contact with such a surface and supported in the air, mainly, by and aerodynamic lift generated on a wing(wings), hull, or their parts, which are intended to utilize the ground effect action.
[ IMO-Guidelines for WIG craft ]

WIG Craft Classification IMO- Guidelines for WING-IN-GROUND craft Part A-General Article 4

Article 4. 45.1. 'A-Type'

A craft which is certified for operation only in ground effect.

Article 4. 45.2. 'B-Type'

A craft which is certified for main operation in ground effect and to temporarily increase its altitude outside ground effect to a limited height, but not exceeding 150m above the surface.

Fuel Efficiency / Low Cost

WIG craft is flying with WIG Effect only that makes more a fuel efficient than light aviation flight and vessel.
Fuel efficiency is lower that compares it with 50% of helicopter and 20~30% of vessel.

Safety

WIG craft provide the finest boarding comport that eliminates turbulence, rolling, pressurization and seasickness.
WIG craft designed triple hull makes it impossible to flip over in the water.
WIG craft is able to safely glide down to the surface of the water in the event of engine failure.

Low Maintenance Cost

Corrosion-free structure made from composite sandwich.
Simple construction and design reduces the number of moving parts.
Only requires are simple wash down after daily use, and standard engine and propeller overhauls.

Minimum Infrastructure

WIG craft doesn’t need huge airstrip or harbor.
It is able to take off in 500m on surface of water.
Simple mooring & berthing place to carry tourist and cargos is needed, even Island when commercial flight doesn’t reach.
Moreover, it is advantage that need low cost to build infrastructure than any other transportation.

Operation Convenience

It is easy to transfer, storage, and shipping.

The age of WIG craft is 20 years.
Assemble time can be an hour, and It has detachable wing structure.
It means that easy to load on container, overland transportation and reduction of maintenance.

Simple Mooring / berthing

WIG craft marina can be constructed by pontoon that means simple & light docking system and facility with low cost infrastructure.

National core technology

Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
2017.06.20

Korea Technology Awards

Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
2015.12.11

Create Innovative Technology

By combining the latest developments in maritime and aeronautical technology, ARON Flying Ship Ltd., has succeeded in developing and commercializing the world’s first B-Type WIG(Wing-In-Ground Effect) Craft. As the next generation of WIG craft, the ARON M-Series is capable of both fuel efficient Ground Effect flight and sustained high altitude flight, allowing for more flexibility and versatility for any operation. This translates into the ability to operate in harsh weather conditions, greater maneuverability, and added safety through obstacle avoidance.

The First Flying Ship manufacturer in Korea

Starting from basic design to structural analysis, wind tunnel testing, prototyping, and commercialization, ARON has built mass production line base on 3D design that is all developed in-house to ensure quality and reliability. The M-Series has been developed over the past 10 years that made ARON dissimilar material connection technology and vacuum infusion.

ARON M80 KR Classification Certificate

2020.03.31

KR Certification for Approval for ConstructionThe World's First Commercial WIG Craft ARON M80

Formally recognized as an Innovative Technology company by the Korean government, Aron Flying Ship Ltd. develops, manufactures, and supplies world-class WIG Crafts. Utilizing the latest in maritime and aeronautical technologies, they have been able to see past the boundaries of traditional WIG Craft technology to introduce the next generation of WIG Craft that will change the way we think about maritime transport and operations.