XTI Aircraft Continues Developments
On April 15, Denver, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft Company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Aviation Cluster and the Estonian Aviation Academy (EAVA) to recognize Estonia as a regional mobility hub for the XTI TriFan 600 hybrid-electric eVTOL bizjet. According to the press release, “Estonia’s unique location in Europe means it could revolutionize regional connectivity by connecting hundreds of active airports and 100 million people inside a circle of 1,000 km [620 miles] by using advanced air mobility solutions such as the TriFan 600. Additionally, Estonia intends to become one of Europe’s climate neutral aviation spots with all regional domestic flights becoming net carbon emission-free by 2030.”
Meanwhile, XTI has hired James Kromberg to lead the company’s flight test team and develop its training plan and test requirements. Kromberg is a senior flight test pilot and aeronautical engineer with more than 25 years flight test experience. During that period, he has been a pilot, test pilot and instructor for several civilian and military organizations, including first officer and flight engineer for American Airlines, a US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier test pilot and the US Air Force F-35 Chief Test Pilot. He also instructed in multiple additional aircraft while assigned to the US Air Force Test Pilot School.