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Horizon eVTOL Undergoes First Transition Flight Tests in Canada

Horizon eVTOL Undergoes First Transition Flight Tests in Canada

Canadian hybrid eclectic aircraft manufacturer Horizon Aircraft announced the completion of the first transition flight tests for its half-scale Cavorite X5 eVTOL. The tests took place at the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel in Oshawa, Ontario in east-central Canada.

Horizon Aircraft said on Twitter that the successful wind tunnel testing was the first step in its transition flight test program.

“After several months of successful hover flight testing, this marks the exciting beginning of our transition flight test program,” the Ontario-based firm tweeted. 

Horizon Aircraft CEO Brandon Robinson was thrilled with the outcome of the wind tunnel tests, saying that the Cavorite X5’s performance exceeded initial expectations. 

“Aircraft performance exceeded our expectations,” he said. “We explored forward speeds of up to almost 100 km/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 (computational fluid dynamics) modeling and further de-risk the outdoor transition flight test program that is beginning soon.”

The latest testing comes after Horizon Aircraft conducted the first tethered hover flight tests for the Cavorite X5 in January. The company now plans to hold transition flight tests outdoors in the coming months.

Using a hybrid power system and a patented fan-in-wing design, the Cavorite X5 is a five-passenger eVTOL that can travel up to 500 km at a maximum cruise speed of 450 kph. 

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