• Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition
    In light of the watershed 6th Annual eVTOL Symposium, and recent news and events,
    Vertiflite asses
    ses how the burgeoning industry is maturing.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

    In the five years since the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first...

  • XTI Trifan 600 Ducts

    XTI Aircraft Prototype Begins to Come Together

    XTI Aircraft announced on Feb. 20 that it was on schedule and on budget as it completed the ducts and fans for its 60% scale flying prototype of the TriFan 600 aircraft, and moved toward ground testing those components (see “XTI Aircraft Refines Its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet,” Vertiflite March/April 2018). The wing ducts for the prototype were received from Trek Aerospace in late March: the photo shows XTI founder Dave Brody (second from...

  • XTI Aircraft Refines its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet

    XTI Aircraft Refines its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet

    Will the civil air transport sector accept a regional VTOL aircraft that is not a tiltrotor? Vertiflite looks at one company’s offering.

    By Robert W. Moorman

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Vertical takeoff and...

  • XTI TriFan Featured Image

    XTI Aircraft TriFan 600

    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...