XTI TriFan Electric Jet Ducted Fans Unite! by JetForums publisher Carl Camper The TriFan 600 from XTI Aircraft Company is set to electrify the sky with the world’s first hybrid-electric,Vertical Takeoff & Landing (VTOL) business aircraft. The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is fertile grounds for superyachts and supermodels, but the 2017 had another type of supermodel on display that not only turned heads, it may turn the tide on executive jet aviation in the same way electric cars are set to revolutionize the automotive industry. XTI's supermodel was a scaled down, concept version of an aircraft that is taking hybrid propulsion to a higher level; 29,000 feet to be exact! The XTI TriFan is a true hybrid aircraft, utilizing a small Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft coupled to 3 generators that can generate 734 kilowatts of electricity to replenish a bank of LiPo batteries that in-turn energize three electric ducted fan units. The port & starboard fans are mounted on a gimbal system to provide lifting thrust that rotates to forward thrust as the wing enters translational lift. A third ducted fan is mounted in the fuse and comes online for true VTOL operation. Based in Denver, CO this startup has attracted a real-life “A-Team” in the aviation business. CEO Robert LaBelle is the former CEO of Agusta Westland in North America. Board member Charlie Johnson is the former President and COO of Cessna Aircraft. Between them they have taken over 25 aircraft through new aircraft certification. Among other participating principles in this high-flying startup are Alec Couvelaire, a former owner of Mooney Aircraft who was initially involved in the development of the TBM 700 turboprop and a former engineer from Mooney and current Lancair president Tom Bowen. There are numerous others with backgrounds in aircraft development and manufacturing heading up the XTI team. Development of the first XTI prototype is underway with first flights expected next year and deliveries expected to start in 2023. XTI has already secured pre-orders for over 60 aircraft.