Horizon has put together a number of presentations aimed at investors who wish to
understand more about the technical background to the Autocopter, what other
machines it competes with and the HH Business Plan. All require a name and password
in order to gain access, obtained through the contacts page.
Outline Specification and Background
The purpose of this document is to explain in fairly non-technical terms the design
objectives of The Horizon Partnership in creating the Conceptual Design of the
Autocopter and how it fitted into the landscape of autonomous automobile technology,
certification of helicopters, what it would be like to fly, sustainability etc.
The Competition in Air Taxis
This documents looks at five competing air taxi machines, one already flying and the
others, like the Autocopter, still in Design and Development. Not a Horizon document
but uses information on the Auto-Copter supplied by Horizon.
The technology being used and how it is to be deployed.
The Fully Integrated Flight Control System
For Personal Transport machines in particular, the fitting of a fully integrated,
fly-by-wire flight controller will be a major step forward in their evolution.
Hitherto, such systems have only been available in very expensive military machines.
By fully integrated (necessary for autonomous flight) we mean that the controls of
nearly every system within the aircraft are linked together in a way that makes autonomous
flight possible. Though with a pilot on board the aircraft is generally flown in what is called
The Design and Build of Flight Prototypes
The Business Plan for HAL refers to six funding tranches, the first three of which are aimed
at the award of a Provisional Type Approval Certificate. This will involve the design and build
of up to six flight prototypes, and how Horizon sees them being designed and made is the
subject of this document.