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Early commercial eVTOL models need safety records equal to commercial aviation

Horizon Aircraft, the advanced aerospace engineering company that has developed the Cavorite X5, the world’s first eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft that can fly the majority of its mission exactly like a normal aircraft, says the early eVTOL passenger models that are used in commercial operations should have safety records equal to those in the commercial aviation sector in order to prevent accidents and fatalities.

It says the global spotlight on the first air taxis will be sufficiently intense that any accidents and safety risks would set the industry back years in terms of passenger confidence and regulatory approval.

Brandon Robinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Horizon Aircraft said: “There is much debate around the safety requirements of eVTOL aircraft, with some commentators for example, saying they should be twice as safe as driving a car, or have safety records on a par with helicopters. The safety bar must be set much higher so that potential passengers, regulators, and other stakeholders have the highest possible levels of confidence in the first eVTOL aircraft. This is essential to the sector reaching its full potential.”

The Horizon Aircraft Cavorite X5 is fundamentally a normal aircraft with an additional eVTOL capability that adds safety and operational capability. Flying 98% of its mission in a configuration exactly like a normal aircraft means discussions surrounding certification can start from a well-understood baseline. This greatly reduces risk during the process.

On 18 th February 2021, Astro Aerospace (OTCQB: ASDND), a global leader in eVTOL aerial vehicles and drones, entered a binding agreement to acquire Horizon Aircraft Inc. The transaction is expected to close on or before the beginning of 2nd Quarter pending customary closing conditions.

Astro, a pioneer in the eVTOL market, has developed one of the safest and most efficient eVTOLs in the world. In 2018, the Company’s drone, ‘Elroy’, was one of the first to seamlessly fly with people on board. Astro continually defies traditional aviation design and the acquisition of Horizon will only push the company further, with the ability to reach greater heights working in tandem with Horizon’s exceptional team.

About Horizon Aircraft Inc.

Horizon Aircraft is an advanced aerospace engineering company that has developed the world’s first eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) that can fly the majority of its mission exactly like a normal aircraft. This has resulted in industry-leading speed, range, and operational utility.

Our unique designs place the mission first and prioritize safety, performance, and utility. Our Cavorite X5 eVTOL will enter the market quickly, and will service a broad spectrum of early use-cases that will generate revenue immediately.

Our mission is to produce an eVTOL for real-world applications that provides a safe, efficient, and sustainable mode of aerial transport.

Visit www.horizonaircraft.com for more information.

About Astro Aerospace

Astro Aerospace is the developer of the world’s most advanced, autonomous, short haul, eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aerial vehicles.

Our mission is to make self-flying unmanned and manned vehicles available to anyone, at anytime, from anywhere, and to turn this new and exciting aircraft into a mainstream mode of transportation. Our vision is “Flight Made Easy”.

Visit www.flyastro.com for more information.

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