New Concept Plane Can Take Off And Land Like A Helicopter


Danielle Andrew

Editorial Intern

2164 New Concept Plane Can Take Off And Land Like A Helicopter
The concept craft TriFan 600. XTI Aircraft.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?… Or a helicopter? Or both?!

Technically at this stage it is neither – it's a concept. But here is how it is proposed to work: Using three ducted fans, the TriFan 600 lifts off vertically, in a similar manner to a helicopter. But after takeoff, the craft's wing fans rotate forward, allowing it to then fly like a plane. The process reverses on landing. This new and unusual hybrid of helicopter and plane motion technology allows the craft to take off and land without the need for runways or open space.


The craft will take off and land vertically, allowing it to land in places normally inaccessible to planes. XTI Aircraft

The concept craft should be able to reach cruising speed within 90 seconds, travel up to 1,930 kilometers (1,200 miles) without refueling, and carry five people, plus a pilot.

Seemingly aimed at the business sector, XTI Aircraft’s website describes its innovative concept: “Merging advanced, proven technologies, this six-seat, vertical takeoff and landing airplane is designed to fly as fast, as high above predominant weather, and as far as other business jets, to more places and with shorter travel times. This changes everything.”

Luxuriously designed, the craft will be able to carry six people including the pilot. XTI Aircraft


Although currently a concept, XTI has launched “equity crowdfunding,” where in exchange for investment in the project, people will receive shares in the company. This is to ensure the craft can meet (anticipated) high demand and manufacturing costs. You can get involved in the project here.

Take a look at XTI's rousing video promotion for its campaign below.




[H/T: DesignBoom, Popular Science]


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