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XTI Trifan 200

 

TriFan 200
XTI Aircraft Company
Englewood, Colorado, USA
www.xtiaircraft.com

Founded in 2012 by David Brody in the USA, Brody's goal is to successfully make and sell hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing long-range planes for personal and commercial use. The goal of the company is to make air travel as efficient as possible, taking off and landing door to door, instead of airport to airport, to make air travel as clean as possible and to increase the safety of air travel. 

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 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). 

  

  

 

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric eVTOL cargo aircraft
  • Piloting: Unknown
  • Maximum payload: 500 lb (227 kg) 
  • Maximum range: 200 nm (370 km)
  • Propellers: 3 ducted fans
  • Electric motors: 3 motors
  • Powerplant: Diesel engine (to create the electricity for the propellers and all other aircraft systems)
  • Length: 28 ft (8.5 m)
  • Wingspan 24.2 ft (7.4 m)
  • Height (to top of tail): 12 ft (3.7 m)
  • Wing: 1 main mid-wing
  • Tail: Technically a cruciform tail (almost a T-tail)
  • Landing gear: Tricycle retractable wheeled landing gear

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