TriFan 600 near flight tests
XTI aircraft is completing ground runs and system checks of a 65%-scale proof-of-concept prototype of its TriFan 600 ducted-fan vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) business plane before first flight in the next few weeks.
The Colorado-based startup expects to conduct a critical design review and assembly of the full-scale test plane over the next year, with a further two test airframes joining the program in the following year. The company is targeting certification and initial production starting around 2023.
We have completely re-architected the propulsion system and made some significant changes to the air vehicle design,” says CEO Bob LaBelle. “We’ve moved the horizontal tail up, and it is now a T-tail. There was some obstruction of the airflow across the back tail. We also added winglets to increase the wing area and give it a bit better cruise performance.
XTI has taken reservations for 76 aircraft and envisages a market for around 2,000 TriFans for a variety of missions ranging from business and commuter roles to emergency medical services and military utility.
Using three ducted fans, the
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