During the 70's and early 80's while working as a
consulting engineer and teaching part time at Stanford University,
Alan Adler invented toys in his spare time and licensed his ideas
to toy companies. Alan was also an avid sailor who taught himself
aerodynamics in order to be able to design sailboats. His love
of inventing toys and his new found knowledge of aerodynamics led
him into the pursuit of better flying toys.
He began his interest in flying toys by studying ways to improve
conventional flying discs that are descendents of the old Frisbee
pie tins. His analysis and experimental work led him to the discovery
that flying rings rather than discs have an advantage when it
comes to balancing aerodynamic lift over a wide range of speeds.
(See Alan's paper for
a more detailed explanation.) His work led him to a series of
flying ring inventions. The first was the Skyro ring that he
licensed to Parker Brothers.
Alan designed and
built the first prototype of the Aerobie ring with its spoiler
rim that balances lift over a wide range of
throwing speeds in early 1984. The first throw of the Aerobie
ring on Roble Field at Stanford showed Alan he had something
special. The ring flew straight and true for an incredible distance, "as
if sliding on an invisible sheet of ice." Onlookers were
Founding of Aerobie, Inc.
Alan knew the Aerobie ring could be a hit. He also knew the flying
performance of the Aerobie ring was going to be dependent on
maintaining aerospace quality standards in the manufacturing
processes. He therefore founded Superflight, Inc (now Aerobie,
Inc.). in 1984 to manufacture and sell his high performance sport
beginning with the Aerobie flying ring. For its first 20 years
of existence, Aerobie Inc. was officially named Superflight,
Inc. However, in recognition of the fact that all of the products
were named Aerobie and everybody knew the company as Aerobie,
as of 2005, our company's name is officially Aerobie, Inc.
Aerobie, Inc. is still owned by Alan and he still works on inventing
new, exciting sport toys. We now manufacture thirteen Aerobie
brand products and sell them through retailers of all types
the United States and to distributors in over thirty countries.
All Aerobie brand sport toys are known for their extraordinary
performance and quality. Our warehousing, packing, and shipping
are all done in San Carlos, California.
Future of Aerobie, Inc.
We're always looking for new & exciting products. Since our first
two golf discs, released in the Summer of 2003, have been quite popular,
we expect to continue to develop our presence as a golf disc manufacturer.
But we're looking for other new product ideas, as well. If you think
of a sport toy you'd love to have, e-mail
us and ask for our invention submission information. Maybe by
next year your idea will be the best selling Aerobie brand product
and you will be earning royalties!