There's a Plane Being Crowdfunded That's Designed to Land and Take-Off Vertically
Before you get too excited, let me just say that there hasn't even been a prototype made for this design yet (hence the crowdfunding). That being said, there's a plan out there for an airplane that can take-off and land vertically and its looking for some investors. The TriFan 600 is an ambitiously designed six-seater with the same speed and altitude capabilities as other business class jets—think of it as a helicopter-airplane hybrid. XTI Aircraft took to Smart Engine—a crowdfunding website tailored to tech endeavors—to search for money to make this happen. TriFan 600 has a strong team behind it: David Brody, founder and chairman of XTI, pulled together former executives from aircraft companies Cessna and Sikorsky to help him turn his project into reality.
This isn't the first time Brody has attempted a standard-shattering airplane design. His first design also featured an eye-catching vertical lift and caught the eye of the United States Army, which eventually looked to another design to actualize. This time around, Brody decided to take on a wider market: commercial flying. Ideally, the TriFan 600 could take you from your door to your office entrance—in other words, the ultimate Point A to Point B service. For more information on the project, head to the campaign on Smart Engine, or check out the video below.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.