Horizon Aircraft Inc., (Horizon), an innovative leader in hybrid electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, has successfully completed the construction of its innovative 50 percent-scale Cavorite X5 prototype
Horizon’s innovative approach and technology allows the aircraft to fly 98 percent of its mission in a very low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. Flying most of the time as a normal aircraft is safer and should make the aircraft easier to certify than radical new e-VTOL designs.
The full-scale aircraft will be powered by a hybrid electric system that can recharge the battery array in-flight while providing additional system redundancy. Comprehensive testing of the scale model will reduce technical risk moving forward as Horizon continues to develop its full-scale model.
Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon explains that “with a wingspan of 22 feet and speed of over 250 kilometers per hour, the prototype is an impressive aircraft.” High-speed flight testing will soon take place to prove the Cavorite platform is the most advanced and flexible VTOL design in the market.