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 1,000 nm (2,222 km). The company is currently building a two-thirds-scale technology demonstrator powered by an HTS900 turboshaft engine.

The new XTI chief executive Bob LaBelle, formerly the CEO of AgustaWestland North America, revealed in the March/April 2017 issue of Vertiflite that the company would “soon reveal a four seat-model that will incorporate a hybrid-electric drive system.”

Trifan 600 Characteristics (Dec 2017)

Max Vertical Take-off 2,404 kg 5,300 lbs
Max Short Take-off 2,858 kg 6,300 lbs
Empty Weight 1,588 kg 3,500 lbs
Passengers 5 plus 1 pilot
Vertical Take-off, Useful Load 816 kg 1,800 lbs
Short Take-off, Useful Load 1,270 kg 2,800 lb
Fuel 473 liters 125 gallons
Max Cruise Speed 500 kph 270 kts
Range, at 270 Knots Cruise 1,270 kg 2,800 lb
Max Payload/Vertical Take-off, Range, at 270 Knots Cruise 1,060 km 660 mi
Pilot Only/Vertical Take-off, Range, at 270 Knots Cruise 1,240 kg 770 mi
CTOL Max Range, at 270 Knots Cruise 2,222 kg 1,200 mi
Max Cruise Altitude 8,840 m 29,00 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