Horizon Aircraft successfully completes construction of a 50%-scale prototype VTOL aircraft

The Cavorite X5 ©Horizon Aircraft

Horizon Aircraft (Horizon), an innovative leader in hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, has successfully completed the construction of its innovative 50%-scale “Cavorite X5” prototype. Horizon’s innovative approach and technology allows the aircraft to fly 98% of its mission in a very low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. Flying most of the time as a normal aircraft is also safer and should make the aircraft easier to certify than radical new eVTOL designs. The full-scale aircraft will also be powered by a hybrid electric system that can recharge the battery array in-flight while providing additional system redundancy. Comprehensive testing of this 50%-scale aircraft will reduce technical risk moving forward as Horizon continues development of its full-scale aircraft.

Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft said, “with a 22-foot wingspan, 15 feet in length and capable of speeds over 250 km/h, this 50%-scale prototype is an impressive aircraft. Furthermore, it will yield valuable information that will help to reduce technical risk as we move forward with detailed design of our full-scale aircraft.”

Horizon Aircraft will continue with rigorous testing of its 50%-scale prototype with a strong focus on safety. The Company will soon proceed through transition testing and high-speed flight testing to prove the Cavorite platform is the most advanced and flexible VTOL design in the market.

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