New Concept Plane Can Take Off And Land Like A Helicopter
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 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.”