Electric-hybrid VTOL developer Horizon Aircraft has successfully completed initial transition flight testing of a 50% scale of its Cavorite X5 prototype in the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.
Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft said, “Aircraft performance exceeded our expectation. We explored forward speeds of up to almost 100km/h, measuring aerodynamic forces, control authority, and mechanical system function with the wings open at varying fan speeds.
“We were particularly happy with pitch and roll stability and control throughout the entire transition envelope, as well as the embedded fan performance. Having real-world test results match our detailed predictions was further endorsement of our world class engineering. We can now use these results to refine our CFD modeling and further de-risk the outdoor transition flight test program that is beginning soon.”
Horizon’s hybrid-electric VTOL concept means the aircraft can fly 98% of its mission in a low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. According to the company it is one of the only eVTOL aircraft currently able to do so.
Horizon Aircraft plans to move to outdoor transition flight testing shortly as they continue the detailed design of their full-scale aircraft and anticipates final assembly for flight testing in 2025.