Horizon Aircraft Announces Shift to 7-Seat Hybrid Electric eVTOL Aircraft Concept
Driven by positive results from flight-testing of their large-scale prototype and feedback from key potential customers, Horizon Aircraft has refined their target production aircraft to a more commercially suitable 7-seat capacity
Toronto, Canada – DATE – Horizon Aircraft (the “Company” or “Horizon”) announced today that the Company has improved the design of its prototype hybrid electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft and is now targeting the future production of a seven-seat capacity model. Initially the Company had planned to design and produce a five-seat aircraft. However, due to positive flight-testing results of its 50%-scale prototype alongside sophisticated aerodynamic, structural, and electrical analysis, the Company now believes that it can expand its initial prototype to include room for one pilot and six passengers. Potential customers in the medevac, business aviation and commercial cargo sectors have advised the Company that larger aircraft with lower passenger seat mile costs better aligned with their needs. The Company’s new enlarged prototype design is now called “Cavorite X7”, replacing the Cavorite X5.
The Cavorite X7 aircraft would have a gross weight of an estimated 5,500 lbs with a projected useful load of 1,500 lbs. With an estimated maximum speed of 250 miles per hour and an average range of over 500 miles with fuel reserves, the Company believes that this experimental aircraft, if eventually licensed for commercial use, would be well-positioned to excel in medical evacuation, critical supply delivery, disaster relief, and special military missions. The Company believes that the proposed aircraft would also be attractive for Regional Air Mobility – moving people and cargo 50 to 500 miles.
Unlike many in its category, the Cavorite X7 is being designed with a hybrid electric power system. The Company is designing the Cavorite X7 such that it could, after its vertical takeoff, re-charge its batteries enroute when it is flying in a configuration like a traditional aircraft. After a vertical landing and completion of a mission, the Company is designing the Cavorite X7 to recharge its battery array in under 30 minutes to be ready for its next mission.
Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft, said: “The shift to a seven-seat aircraft has been discussed since the beginning of our hybrid eVTOL initial concept. It’s a size that just makes sense commercially. We are very confident our unique fan-in-wing technology can support this new and larger platform and our testing results have provided us with confidence that we can potentially scale to an even larger aircraft.”
Horizon believes that its innovative approach and technology will allow the Cavorite X7 to fly 98% of its mission in a very low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. The Company believes that flying most of the time as a normal aircraft is also safer and will make the aircraft easier to certify than other radical new eVTOL designs. The Cavorite X7 will be powered by a hybrid electric system that will recharge the battery array in-flight and post-flight, while also providing significant system redundancy. The Company is continuing the testing of its 50%-scale aircraft that it believes will reduce technical risk moving forward as it continues to develop its full-scale aircraft. Horizon and its flagship Cavorite X7 design has been attracting significant interest from within the industry and has enabled Horizon to win several grants and a U.S. Department of Defense research and development contract award.
On September 13, 2023, Pono Capital Three, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTHR) (“Pono”), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, sponsored by Mehana Capital LLC, filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which included a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, in connection with its proposed business combination with Robinson Aircraft Ltd., d/b/a Horizon Aircraft (“Horizon”) (the “Business Combination”). Upon closing of the Business Combination, Pono will change its name to New Horizon Aircraft Ltd., and it is expected to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the new ticker symbol “HOVR.”
About Horizon Aircraft
Horizon is an advanced aerospace engineering company that is developing the world’s first eVTOL that is to be able to fly most of its mission exactly like a normal aircraft while offering industry-leading speed, range, and operational utility. Horizon’s unique designs put the mission first and prioritize safety, performance, and utility. Horizon hopes to successfully complete testing and certification of its Cavorite X7 eVTOL quickly and then enter the market and service a broad spectrum of early use cases.
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About Pono Capital Three, Inc.
Pono is a special purpose acquisition company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. Pono’s units started trading on the Nasdaq Global Market on February 14, 2023 under the ticker symbol “PTHRU.” The Class A common stock trades under the symbol “PTHR” and the warrants under the symbol “PTHRW,” respectively.
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