Aero-TV: XTI's TriFan 600 - What the Future Might Fly
by Jim Campbell, CEO & Publisher ANN/Aero-TV
First Look At The Innovative Airplane At NBAA-BACE
Aero-News readers know that one of the most innovative airplanes under development for the business market is the XTI TriFan 600, which was displayed for the first time at NBAA-BACE this year.
The company says the six-seat TriFan 600 will have the speed, range and comfort of a business jet and the ability to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Using three ducted fans, the aircraft will lift off vertically and its two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed, at 400 miles an hour and a range of up to 1,600 miles.
Earlier this year, the company received a written Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, stating that the USPTO will issue a utility patent for the TriFan 600 vertical takeoff airplane. In March, the company announced its collaboration with Bye Aerospace, experts in hybrid-electric technology, and announced that the TriFan will be powered by a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric propulsion system.
The company says it received several orders for the TriFan 600 at the show, and interest was high at the recent Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show among the luxury yacht customers. The company is continuing to actively seek investors in the project.
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