TriFan 600
XTI Aircraft Company
Englewood, Colorado, USA

“Using three ducted fans, the TriFan 600 lifts off vertically and in seconds the two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to high-speed flight. Within just 90 seconds, the airplane reaches cruise speed — where the lift is provided by the wings just like every other fixed-wing airplane. The fuselage-mounted fan, no longer needed, closes up. The airplane flies directly to its destination and reverses the process. Landing vertically right where it needs to be — wherever there’s a clear helipad-sized paved surface.”

XTI Aircraft unveiled its TriFan 600 in August 2015 with a well-publicized equity crowdfunding (see “Industry Briefs,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2015). The six-seat, fixed-wing airplane uses three ducted fans to power the aircraft from vertical takeoff and landing to 340 kt (630 km/h) and a range of 650 nm for VTOL or 1,200 nm (2,222 km). The company is currently building a two-thirds-scale technology demonstrator powered by a single HTS900 turboshaft engine with first flight planned for September 2018, and a full-sized prototype in November 2019.

The new XTI chief executive Bob LaBelle, formerly the CEO of AgustaWestland North America, announced in the March/April 2017 issue of Vertiflite that the TriFan 600 would feature a hybrid-electric drive system. 

Trifan 600 Characteristics (Dec 2017)

Max Vertical Take-off 2,404 kg 5,300 lb
Max Short Take-off 2,858 kg 6,300 lb
Empty Weight 1,588 kg 3,500 lb
Passengers 5 plus 1 pilot
Vertical Take-off, Useful Load 816 kg 1,800 lb
Short Take-off, Useful Load 1,270 kg 2,800 lb
Fuel 473 liters 125 gallons
Max Cruise Speed 555 km/h 300 kt
Range: Max Payload/Vertical Take-off, 300 Knots Cruise 1,060 km 660 miles
Range: Pilot Only/Vertical Take-off, Range, at 300 Knots Cruise 1,240 km 770 miles
STOL Max Range, at 300 Knots Cruise 2,222 km 1,200 nm
Max Cruise Altitude 8,840 m 29,000 ft
Achieve Max Cruise Altitude 11 minutes
Wing Span 11.5 m 37.7 ft
Length 11.8 m 38.7 ft
Ducted Fan Diameter 1.8 m 5.9 ft


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