XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has hired James Kromberg to lead the company’s flight test team and develop its training plan and test requirements for the TriFan 600 aircraft.

Kromberg is a senior flight test pilot and aeronautical engineer with more than 25 years flight test experience. During that period, he has been a pilot, test pilot, and instructor for several civilian and military organisations including First Officer and Flight Engineer for American Airlines, U.S.Marine Corps AV-8B Test Pilot, USAF F-35 Chief Test Pilot. He has also instructed in multiple additional aircraft while assigned to the USAF Test Pilot School.

Robert LaBelle, Chief Executive Officer of XTI, said: “We’re very pleased to have Jim join XTI. Adding Jim’s amazing talents to an already stellar team further boosts our confidence and credibility.

“As our programme matures, Jim will lead the development of an integrated test & certification plan, along with technical and safety reviews. His responsibilities will also encompass development of program documents for system requirements, program management and systems engineering plans, along with test and certification strategies.”

As the world’s first long-range civilian VTOL airplane, XTI says the TriFan is a major breakthrough in aviation and air travel, including its quieter and cleaner hybrid-electric propulsion system.

The six-seat aircraft will have the speed, range, and comfort of a luxury business aircraft and the ability to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It will travel at 345mph, with a range of up to 1,200 nautical miles. Using three ducted fans, the TriFan lifts off vertically. Its two wing fans then rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed and its initial climb. It will reach 30,000 feet in just ten minutes, cruise as a highly efficient business aircraft, and land vertically at the destination.

So far, the company has received 116 orders for the TriFan 600 – representing more than $750 million in gross revenues upon delivery. It puts them on track to achieve certification and launch in the mid-2020s. XTI will permanently close its current financing on the StartEngine Crowdfunding platform on April 30th, 2021Until that date, XTI securities will continue to be available for purchase on StartEngine.com

“The company’s business prospects are strong,” said LaBelle. “We’ve recently achieved key milestones, including a series of successful hover tests, entered into a major collaboration with GE Aviation, and into agreements with key suppliers.

“The market continues to recognize the value proposition of our unique and revolutionary airplane and its patented technology. We believe the Trifan 600 will solve the fast and far challenge while providing point-to-point travel and out-performing other civilian aircraft currently in development; fixed-wing airplane, helicopter, electric VTOLs.

“Our offering on the StartEngine platform has provided a rare opportunity for unaccredited and accredited investors around the world to own a piece of the future of flight”, concluded LaBelle.