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Our Story

We were born to find a better way to fly.

Founded by an elite fighter pilot and fueled by a lifetime in military and commercial aviation experience, Horizon Aircraft has assembled a team of engineers, pilots, and business specialists dedicated to expanding the possibilities of regional transportation.

About us

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E. Brandon Robinson

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Brandon flew CF-18s in the Royal Canadian Air Force for two decades and managed capital projects up to $4B, including the F-35 acquisition. The co-author of several successful aerospace patents, he is at the vanguard of the Advanced Air Mobility movement, and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Royal Military College, as well as an MBA from Royal Roads University.

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Jason O’Neill

Chief Operating Officer

Deeply experienced in managing mission critical systems that ensure the security of all organizational processes and data, Jason drives our operational growth. He has managed multi-million dollar projects across healthcare, smart cities and air transportation, and deftly navigates the nexus of fundraising, cross-border M&A and enterprise strategy vital to this highly regulated industry.

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Brian Merker

Chief Financial Officer

Bringing considerable multinational industry experience, Brian has strong technical capabilities in US GAAP/IFRS/ASPE with extensive reporting expertise in heavily regulated markets. From IPOs to private placements and highly-leveraged private equity environments, he has expertly overseen successful integrations and acquisitions, and is skilled at advancing both mid-sized and small organizations.

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E. Brian Robinson

Founder and Chief Engineer

Brian has provided peerless technical skill and proven aircraft thought leadership since our 2013 inception. Recipient of a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, his career traverses Baxter Travenol, makers of complex IV equipment, and Plant Manager at Ethicon, J&J’s medical instrument arm, where he was responsible for numerous leadership and manufacturing excellence awards.

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Stewart Lee

Head of People and Strategy

Stewart has been with us since 2013, specializing in team and culture cultivation. He served as HR Director of a national manufacturing company for over a decade, before starting his own HR consulting firm in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, an MBA in Management from Royal Roads University, and has been a Chartered Professional in HR since 2009.

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Engineering milestones

January 2021

Horizon Aircraft reveals Cavorite X5 design

March 2021

First flight of sub-scale prototype

January 2022

Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Phase 1 High Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing contract

August 2022

First larger-scale (50%) prototype flight test

December 2022

First tethered outdoor flight test of the 50%-scale prototype

March 2023

Wind tunnel transition flight testing of the 50%-scale prototype

August 2023

Transport Canada approval for remotely piloted outdoor transition flight tests

Partners and ecosystem

3C Flight Center of Excellence

Horizon Aircraft has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with 3C, a major technical and certification resource in the Canadian aerospace industry, to formalize collaboration on the path to certification of the Cavorite X7. This affords us expanded access to 3C’s renowned services and expertise, including: gap analysis, certification planning, certifiable design consulting, training, flight test planning and execution, and eventual airworthiness approval. The partnership is a critical step in mitigating risk and evolving the project toward an exciting and sustainable future.