Who is XTI?
universal business aviation problems by enabling true point-to-point air travel over long distances.
XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aircraft manufacturer founded by Chairman David Brody in Denver, Colo.
For more than 2 ½ years, XTI has been engineering and developing the TriFan 600 – a true door-to-door air travel solution – that uniquely enhances the efficiency, productivity, safety and security of forward-thinking executives and businesses. It is designed to become the first commercially certified, high-speed, long-range vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) airplane of its kind.
Can I use the TriFan 600 at smaller general aviation airports unavailable to other jets?
Yes. Unlike other jets, the TriFan 600 is not limited by runway length, clear landing approaches, and the sophistication of the electronic landing aids that serve them. The TriFan 600 is both VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capable and STOL (short takeoff and landing capable). Because it can takeoff and land from any paved general aviation airport – with or without use of a runway — TriFan 600’s operational versatility makes it uniquely possible to utilize any one of the thousands of smaller airports in the U.S. with runways otherwise unavailable to other business jets.
Can I land the TriFan at any helipad that already exists?
If it’s safe and legal, and you have the right access to a particular helipad, the answer is yes. The size of any one of over 3,100 typical helipads in the U.S. will accommodate the TriFan 600. In addition, the TriFan 600 can takeoff or land from any clear, helipad-sized paved surface.
Talk about the safety of this aircraft.
The TriFan 600 is exceptionally versatile and offers unparalleled freedom to land with or without a runway, depending on operational conditions. It will also be equipped with advanced safety features such as auto-pilot/computerized controls during takeoff and landing, collision avoidance technologies, the ability to fly with one engine if required, and state-of-the-art avionics.
What is different about this aircraft than other Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) projects that we have seen in the past?
A tiltrotor is essentially a helicopter with wings. TriFan 600 is essentially a business jet with Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability. There has never been a commercially certified VTOL-capable airplane that can provide business travelers with true door-to-door travel capability. Assuming the Agusta Westland AW609 tiltrotor is certified, it will still differ significantly from the TriFan 600 in several respects. TriFan 600 will have greater range and speed, will fly at a much higher altitude with much better weather, and will be one-third to one-half the cost of the AW609.
How will this aircraft change private air travel?
No traditional jet, helicopter or VTOL can truly serve the needs of executive travelers, because not one of them can fly you directly from Point A to Point B with the speed, range or operational flexibility needed for true efficiency.
We could see that developing another traditional jet or helicopter in an already crowded market was not the answer.
But a new type of aircraft, with an entirely new combination of capabilities — was the key. With TriFan 600, executive travelers will have the ability to bypass highways and runways, lifting up from any helipad-sized paved surface, and jetting out directly to their destination, they could potentially save hundreds of hours a year, achieve more, and avoid missing what’s important.