Paris Air Show

XTI Pushing TriFan 600 at Paris Airshow

 - June 19, 2017, 11:12 AM

Denver-based XTI Aircraft's continuing efforts to develop the TriFan 600 high-speed VTOL have received a boost from the the Paris Air Lab Programming Committee. The committee selected XTI to exhibit this week at the Paris Airshow in space hosted by the French Aerospace Industries Association in coordination with Starburst Accelerator, a major aerospace, defense and security investment fund and consulting firm. The exhibit space is in Concorde Hall.

XTI also will be presenting the TriFan 600 aircraft to a group of investors, major industry and media representatives during a dedicated session tomorrow afternoon at the show. Last year, XTI said it needed to raise approximately $450 million to develop and bring the TriFan to market within six to eight years. To date, the company has raised funds through crowd funding, public stock offering and other investor financing.

The Tri-Fan 600 is a six-place design that features three ducted fans driven by a pair of 2,600-shp Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft engines. Design targets include a service ceiling of 35,000 feet, range of 1,500 nm and a cruise speed of 340 knots. The company plans to fly a subscale demonstrator next year.


Yes, great project.
The TriFan 600 is the brainchild of David Brody, who in 2012 began dreaming of true long-distance point-to-point air travel. He has since gathered an elite team of aviation experts—including Jeff Pino, former president of Sikorsky, and Charlie Johnson, former president of Cessna—to plan the first commercially certified, high-speed, long-range airplane capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
The TriFan 600 uses three ducted fans powered by two gas-turbine engines. Once the craft is airborne, the two wing-mounted fans rotate to provide forward thrust. (The center fan, only used for vertical lift, is covered and not used during high-speed flight.) The two jet engines will reach a combined 2,600 horsepower, XTI claims. All that power will lift six occupants straight up into the air and then blast them forward at a top speed of 400 mph and an altitude of 30,000 feet.