Edge Aerodynamix first started testing its conformal vortex technology on helicopter rotor blades. The idea was to create an erosion protection elastomeric adhesive backed film that did not reduce the overall performance of the aircraft. With conformal vortex generators, (CVGs) applied to the blade, the performance of the helicopter improved significantly. The pilot was able to reduce the power required for particular maneuvers and still receive the same level of performance. The overall safety margin was noticeably increased.
With the results achieved on the rotor blades, Edge saw an opportunity to improve the performance of all types of aircraft. In 2014, Edge purchased its first commercial airliner, a Boeing 737, and began testing. After analyzing millions of data points, Edge concluded that their product could provide benefits to the entire aviation industry.