Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I land the TriFan at any helipad that already exists?
Yes. If it’s safe and legal, and you have access to a particular helipad. The size of any one of thousands of typical helipads will accommodate the TriFan 600. In addition, the TriFan 600 can take off or land at any clear helipad-sized paved surface or grassy area.
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 worldwide with runways otherwise unavailable to other business jets.
How safe is 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 be certified for IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) operations in inclement weather, including known icing. It will also be equipped with advanced safety features such as sophisticated autopilot/computerized controls for takeoff and landing, collision avoidance technologies, state-of-the-art avionics, and a whole-aircraft ballistic parachute.
How is the TriFan 600 different from the competition and other VTOL projects?
A significant differentiator between the TriFan and other VTOL aircraft under development is our range and speed. We can go over 700 miles/1200 km helipad-to-helipad (Wall Street Heliport to downtown Chicago heliport), and 1300 miles/2200 km if a short runway is available (New York to Dallas). That’s great versatility! Even the best all-electric VTOLs being built for UAM (short-range Urban Air Mobility) or for regional flights can only go a maximum of 200 miles/300 km due to battery limitations.