XTI at NBAA-BACE, Las Vegas, October 22 – 24, 2019
The XTI team has just returned from a very successful showing at NBAA-BACE (National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) in Las Vegas. This is the world’s biggest business aviation show of the year.
XTI was one of only six new designs invited by the organizers to display in the Innovation Zone’s UAM/UAS area (out of over 215 in development), and the only hybrid-electric, long-range, high-speed VTOL aircraft among them.
The show ran from October 22 to 24. We opened with two big announcements:
- Veteran industry executive Charlie Johnson joins XTI as Chief Operating Officer. Charlie is an XTI Board Member and former President and COO of Cessna Aircraft.
- XTI announced that it has signed a term sheet with a lead investor for a minimum $17 million and maximum $29 million financing.
Extremely well positioned close to the entrance to the main auditorium for all keynote events, there was heavy foot traffic, immense interest, and deep discussions with attendees and the media at our display all day on all three days.
These are links to some media coverage, and based on the interviews done and tremendous interest we received, there will be more in the weeks to follow:
NBAA TV has several clips covering various aspects of the event, and they can be found here:
You will find the XTI TriFan shown in several of them, including FAA Administrator Steve Dickson who used the TriFan as the backdrop for his interview (see at 0:25 sec from start):
... and in this clip titled, “Aviation Innovation Takes Center Stage at NBAA-BACE”:
(UAM coverage starts at 0:55 sec)
This is AIN TV’s coverage of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at the show including an interview with XTI CEO Bob LaBelle:
And Tulinda Larsen’s interview with CEO Bob LaBelle for Air Insight:
An excerpt from an article on UAM in Clean Technica magazine by Nicholas Zart:
“On the other side was the sleek-as-can-be XTI Aircraft TriFan 600, the very same that got me excited about UAM 4 years ago. I had a great time meeting the team at last. XTI Aircraft will eventually cover London to Monaco, an hour and 45-minute flight from a vertipad (helicopter landing pad) to another.
I interviewed both Jaunt and XTI and will follow up with upcoming articles”.
Some photographs from the event:
One-third scale model of the XTI TriFan 600 in the UAM/UAS Innovation Display – all set up before show opening
Heavy foot traffic during all days of the show
XTI CEO Bob LaBelle, Chairman Dave Brody and COO and Board Member Charlie Johnson
XTI CEO Bob LaBelle
Chairman Dave Brody & Ms. Susan Brody
XTI team members Steve Dymant, Saleem Zaheer, Don Barbour and Bob LaBelle
Helijet (Canada) Board of Directors with XTI Team at NBAA
Mr. Kimihito Kamori (in checked coat), Chairman of Kamori Kanko (Japan) and his team with XTI CEO Bob LaBelle and VP Saleem Zaheer