The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

The Cavorite X5 is an eVTOL designed by Horizon Aircraft which takes its aim to operate for applications including disaster relief, emergency medical, cargo transport, and air taxi services. The aircraft uses two primary means of propulsion: 16 duct-in-wing motors that allow the aircraft to move vertically, and a more powerful hybrid-electric motor to produce more powerful horizontal thrust. As a result, during cruise, this X5 flies more like a plane than it does a multicopter. This design accommodates one pilot and four passengers, with a typical cruise speed of 215 mph and a range of approximately 310 miles. The larger hybrid-electric engine and wings allow the aircraft to be landed conventionally if there is insufficient battery power to land vertically.

In February of 2021, Astro Aerospace announced their acquisition of Horizon Aircraft, and intends to build upon the existing Cavorite X5 prototype, which the company promises to finish shortly, although there is no clear timeline on when the company hopes to achieve commercial certification. In addition to further development of the X5, the company also plans to advance development of its smaller autonomous Elroy model and the Alta logistics platform.

Outlook

Our objective assessment of this program’s probable success.

FutureFlight assesses the probability of success for a new aircraft program by considering the following criteria:

  • Total investment funds available in proportion to the anticipated cost of getting an aircraft certified and in service
  • A company’s in-house capability (in terms of numbers of engineers, technical staff, and customer support teams)
  • The past experience of the company and its senior leadership in developing aircraft
  • The caliber and past experience of key program partners
  • Whether key aircraft systems have been selected and are available for use
  • Whether the preliminary design review has been completed
  • Whether the design for the full-scale prototype has been completed
  • Whether the type certification process has been formally initiated with an appropriate regulator
  • Whether the company has achieved a first flight with a full-scale prototype
  • The number of hours logged in a flight test program
  • Whether type certification has been achieved
  • The number of orders and commitment received for the aircraft
  • Whether the company has adequate facilities to begin series production of the aircraft
Our Methodology

After agreeing to acquire Horizon Aircraft on February 18, Astro Aerospace has yet to make clear how the Canadian company's Cavorite X5 eVTOL design fits into a portfolio of other new designs, which also include the Elroy and the Alta models. Astro is also making plans for an initial public offering, with support from Kingswood Capital Markets.

Cavorite X5 Models

Cavorite X5 Specifications

local Fixed Wing

Performance

  • Passenger Capacity
    4
  • Range
    310 mi
  • Cruise Speed
    275 mph
  • Powerplant Type
    ducted fan
  • Power Source
    hybrid_fe
  • Endurance
    n/a
  • Max Altitude
    n/a
  • Takeoff Distance
    0 ft
  • Landing Distance
    n/a
  • Empty Weight
    2,200 lb
  • MGTOW
    3,600 lb
  • Payload Weight
    800 lb

Dimensions

  • Length
    38 ft
  • Width
    n/a
  • Height
    9.2 ft
  • Wingspan
    50.3 ft

The Cavorite X5 is an eVTOL aircraft designed by Horizon Aircraft utilizing 16 duct-in-wing motors which allow the aircraft to move vertically, and a more powerful hybrid-electric motor to produce more powerful horizontal thrust. As a result, during cruise flight, the X5 flies more like a fixed-wing aircraft than a multicopter. This design accommodates one pilot and four passengers, with a typical cruise speed of 215 mph and a range of approximately 310 miles. The larger hybrid-electric engine and wings allow the aircraft to be landed conventionally if there is insufficient battery power to land vertically.

Key Personnel

E. Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson

Founder

Jason O'Neill
Jason O'Neill

Chief operating officer