It was a year that, hopefully, set the scene for a market recovery, as 2017 saw several key new business jet models progress toward first deliveries. We take a look at developments during the year. XTI Aircraft in March switched to hybrid-electric propulsion for its planned TriFan 600 ducted-fan vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) business aircraft. Replacing twin turboshafts, driveshafts and gearboxes with a turbine-driven generator, batteries and motors is expected to reduce costs. A ...

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