Centennial startup company is awarded patent

May 5, 2017 by  

XTI Aircraft Company, which is based at Centennial Airport, has been awarded a patent for its TriFan 600, an airplane able to take off and land vertically just like a helicopter. The company could have a prototype ready to test by 2019.

Air vehicles that take off and land vertically are not new, with several branches of the military using the V-22 Osprey and the Marines flying the AV8 Harrier, but civilian versions of this type of aircraft have never been built. XTI plans to change all that. The company has been developing the vehicle for about four years, and applied for a patent to protect its investment.

The aircraft, which holds six passengers, is designed to appeal to business travelers. It eliminates the time needed to travel to an airport, since it can operate from a helipad. It can also fly for longer distances and at higher speeds than a helicopter. Able to climb to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet within 10 minutes’ time, it can fly at over 300mph for as many as 1,200 miles.

The downside to vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft is that they have nonstandard engines that require special skills to maintain. However, XTI says that modern materials and technological advances have made this type of aircraft practical.

Companies like this can benefit by working with brochure printers to create an illustrated booklet about their aircraft.