XTI Aircraft Company
Englewood, Colorado, USA
After five years of development of its six-seat turbine-engine hybrid-electric TriFan 600, XTI Aircraft announced on Nov. 19, 2020 that it had partnered with VerdeGo Aero on an unmanned diesel-engine hybrid-electric TriFan 200 for cargo and logistics. The TriFan 200 is sized for transporting 500 lb (227 kg) of cargo on missions of more than 200 nm (370 km).
The XTI chief executive is Bob LaBelle, formerly the CEO of AgustaWestland North America. VerdeGo Aero is applying its high-efficiency, low-emissions diesel (Jet-A) hybrid powertrain to enable the TriFan 200 to offer operators outstanding operating economics.
XTI Aircraft's conducted the first test flight of its 65%-scale prototype of the TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft (unmanned and tethered) on May 2, 2019 in Placerville, California, USA. The TriFan 200 is the same size as the 65% scale prototype, which is sized for 2 passengers (hence the name). Length: 28 ft (8.5 m). Wingspan 24.2 ft (7.4 m). Height (to top of tail): 12 ft (3.7 m).
- XTI Aircraft website
- XTI Aircraft page on StartEngine
- XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 eVTOL.news directory entry
- Article: XTI Aircraft Refines its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet, Vertiflite, March/April 2018
- Article: VerdeGo Becomes eVTOL Propulsion Provider, Vertiflite, August/September 2018
- Article: VerdeGo Expands Partnerships, Vertiflite, January/February 2019
- Article: XTI Aircraft’s TriFan 600 Development Continues, Vertiflite, March/April 2020
- Article: Hybrid Propulsion: Halfway to Paradise? Vertiflite, September/October 2020
- Press Release: "XTI Aircraft Partners with VerdeGo Aero on the Hybrid-Electric VTOL TriFan 200 Cargo/Logistics Aircraft," eVTOL News, Nov. 19, 2020