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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Ten years ago, David Brody founded a helicopter company, AVX Aircraft Company, to develop and introduce advanced rotorcraft technology —  coaxial rotors replacing the main rotor, combined with two rear ducted fans for propulsion and directional control.  The purpose of this new helicopter was to make rotorcraft faster, safer, and more compact  (no tail or tail rotor) and therefore more accessible to the mass market.  AVX Aircraft Company (unrelated to XTI except for Brody’s connection with both companies) later found its market opportunity with the U.S. military, and continues to grow in size and stature.

XTI TAKING-OFF

In 2012, Brody decided to renew the pursuit of his original vision of transforming flight for the commercial marketplace, ultimately bringing a family of vertical takeoff airplanes to market.  This led him to form XTI Aircraft Company and design the TriFan 600 as the world’s first vertical takeoff airplane.  With its eXtended Technology and Innovation, XTI is founded on a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers, and promises to change flight and personal freedom and mobility by air travel forever.


TECHNOLOGY REIMAGINED

Aviation has long sought to perfect VTOL flight for airplanes. Ducted fan technologies have even been tried, but unsuccessfully.

XTI has been able to leverage modern advances in technology (engines, materials, avionics, design tools) to overcome these historical challenges.

The TriFan 600 is both beautiful and highly functional. It is visually distinguished by a sleek exterior, and three ducted fans in lieu of extruding propellers or rotors. The two ducted fans in the wings change position to cause the aircraft to transition from hover to forward flight.

THE A-TEAM

XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business founded in 2012 to develop vertical takeoff airplanes. The business is guided by a leadership team with decades of aviation experience, a deep well of expertise, and proven success bringing new aircraft to market.

Together, this group of business aviation visionaries is reshaping the future of flight with the ultimate breakthrough in modern flight — a business jet that can takeoff and land vertically.

David Brody - Founder and Chairman

Founder and chairman of XTI Aircraft, has had a life-long passion for aircraft, science and technology. Beginning in 2012, he developed the Tri-Fan 600 configuration and basic performance objectives, organized XTI as a Delaware corporation, and filed for patents. After establishing the strategic plan, Brody recruited the XTI board members and executive and engineering team to expand, refine, and execute the plan. In 2005, Brody founded AVX Aircraft Company and was its chairman and chief executive officer. He continues to serve on the AVX Aircraft board. Brody practices law in Denver with Hogan Lovells US LLP. He holds several patents for inventions in aircraft technology and other fields, and has written three books, including a national Book-of-the-Month Club best seller on science and technology.

Robert LaBelle- Chief Executive and Board Member

The former Chairman and chief executive officer of AgustaWestland North America brings to XTI more than 25 years of experience in top-level aviation management and strategy, aircraft development and operations. He was President of Texas-based AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Co., a company he established to support the development of the AW 609 Tiltrotor and other programs. He held executive level positions within AgustaWestland since joining the company in 2004, including vice president, general manager, and president of other U.S. subsidiaries.
Bob joined AgustaWestland after a career in the U.S. Navy. His last assignment was in Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD where he was Major Program Manager (PMA-231) for the E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound aircraft.
He is responsible for development of the TriFan 600 aircraft and all matters related to development of the product and the company. He has led the drive to incorporate hybrid-electric propulsion in the TriFan 600 and championed other enhancements in order to better position the aircraft for the future.

George Bye- Chief Engineer,

CEO of Bye Aerospace Corp., a Colorado company bringing to aviation exemplary engineering consulting services and transformational solar-electric alternative energy solutions. George is an expert on new aircraft development, structures, systems definition, flight test and Federal Aviation Administration certification. George was sought out by XTI’s board of directors to bring his expertise in all areas, but especially because of his experience in electric propulsion and new aircraft development to serve as XTI’s Chief of engineering. Bye Aerospace has significant holdings in affiliate companies it has founded, including Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., which is developing the 2-seat solar-electric “Sun Flyer” training aircraft, and Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies, which is developing the technologically advanced solar-electric small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) called “Silent Falcon™”. Mr. Bye is responsible for the change from a traditional and much more expensive propulsion system to a modern, elegant, efficient and much less expensive hybrid-electric propulsion system for the TriFan 600.

Charlie Johnson- Board Member

The former president and chief operating officer of Cessna brings to XTI more than 35 years of experience in top-level aviation management and strategy, operations and production. He was also Cessna’s vice president of aircraft completion and product support, senior vice president of operations, and executive vice president of operations, leading development, certifications, and product support of new airplanes. Prior to joining Cessna, Johnson served as chief of production flight test for Gates Learjet. He also was chief pilot for Arnold Palmer. Johnson began his aviation career after completing U.S. Air Force pilot training in 1968 and accumulated over 1,000 hours of military flight time in the F-105, serving in combat in Southeast Asia. Johnson currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation. He holds airline transport and instructor pilot certificates with type ratings in all Cessna Citation models.

Andrew Woglom - Chief Financial Officer

Woglom brings diverse experience in investment banking, private equity, and aviation operations to XTI. He was chief financial officer for NEK Advanced Securities Group (NEK), an international portfolio of companies with businesses spanning aviation, defense contracting, construction, and more. He led NEK ownership through a successful exit from the business in 2012, realizing an EBITDA multiple of ~15x. Prior to NEK, Woglom was a vice president at Gallagher Industries, a Denver‐based private equity firm, and spent several years in New York in investment banking at Tri‐Artisan Partners, a start‐up merchant banking firm, and at Lehman Brothers. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yale University.

In Memory: Jeff Pino, 1954 – 2016

There are no words to express the grief and sadness we feel at the passing of our very dear friend and colleague Jeff Pino on February 5. As the former President of Sikorsky Aircraft, Jeff was a true leader, pioneer and industry legend. As the Vice Chairman of XTI Aircraft Company, Jeff was a brilliant strategist, visionary and expert in all things aviation. As our friend, he was all of that and so much more.

Jeff loved flying and he was genuinely excited about what the TriFan 600 will mean to the future of flight. As a man with big ideas, and even bigger dreams, Jeff was committed to bringing the TriFan 600 to market, and now, more than ever, so are we. Inspired by Jeff’s leadership and legacy, our team fully intends to do just that.