Private equity and venture capital professionals predict strong regulatory advances in the eVTOL market

A new survey amongst private equity and venture capital professionals reveals that over the next two years, 88% expect improvements in the regulatory framework for the eVTOL market and 15% anticipate there will be a dramatic improvement. The study was commissioned by Horizon Aircraft (Company or Horizon), an innovative leader in hybrid electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, with private equity and venture capital professionals.

When it comes to which eVTOL’s private equity and venture capital professionals believe offerthe most attractive opportunities for investors, 89% cited those that fly most of their time asnormal aircraft because they are deemed to be safer, making it easier for them to be certified bythe relevant aviation authorities.

In terms of what the main hurdles are to achieving regulatory approval for eVTOL aircraft, safetymeasures are seen as the biggest by professional investors. This is followed by meeting certainstandards regarding operations and maintenance, pilot training requirements, and the quality ofsoftware used by operators.


Ranking of hurdles to achieving regulatory approval from aviation authorities


Safety measures of aircraft


Meeting certain standards regarding operations and maintenance


Pilot training requirements


Quality of software used by operators


Opposition from existing aircraft manufacturers


Noise pollution


Environmental requirements


A single fatal eVTOL incident

When it comes to which countries professional investors believe are currently the mostadvanced in their regulatory plans for the eVTOL market, private equity and venture capitalprofessionals cited the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, and China as the top five. TheEuropean Union also scored highly.

Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft said, “The eVTOL market is making huge advancesin terms of its overall development and technology, and this is spurring on regulators to developan appropriate certification and operating framework for the sector. All of this will lead to furtherinvestment into the industry and more growth and technological advancements.”

Horizon Aircraft, and its flagship Cavorite X5 design, has been attracting significant interest fromwithin the industry having won several grants, a US Department of Defence advanced researchand development contract award, and being ahead of its competitors with its large-scaleprototype already flying.

Horizon Aircraft is currently running rigorous flight testing of its 50%-scale prototype whilecontinuing to develop a detailed design of a full-scale aircraft.

Horizons innovative approach and technology allows its Cavorite X5 to fly 98% of its mission ina very low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. Flying most of the time as a normalaircraft is safer and will make the aircraft easier to certify than radical new eVTOL designs. Thefull-scale aircraft will also be powered by a hybrid electric system that can recharge the batteryarray in-flight while providing additional system redundancy. Comprehensive testing of this 50%-scale aircraft will reduce technical risk moving forward as Horizon continues development of itsfull-scale aircraft.