The Horizon 2 was designed with the larger pilot in mind, so the cockpit has ample room for a 6’6″ person weighing 280 pounds. The tandem seating arrangement eliminates the cheek to cheek seating in most other two-place aircraft. The wing of the Horizon 2 features a modified GA (W)-2 airfoil combined with slotted flaps and ailerons, giving the plane more control and less drag at all airspeeds. The wing is a quick-folding wing allowing the HORIZON 2 to be stored in a small place.
You were so pleased with the Horizon 1, we introduced the Horizon 2, but they are two totally different planes.
The Horizon 2 is only similar to the Horizon 1 in that they are both tandem, two place, high wing aircraft, but that’s where the similarity ends. The Horizon 2 has a uniquely shaped fuselage, which gives it a cleaner, more efficient aerodynamic design accounting for the 20 mph increase in cruise speed over the Horizon 1. The aerodynamic design also allows an unusual 360 degree field of vision allowing the pilot a breathtaking view.
Flying the Horizon 2
Flying the Horizon 2 is the ultimate goal of all your work. Your work will be rewarded every time you take to the sky in your brand new Horizon 2. Imagine the thrill of flying an aircraft that you know better than anyone else. How can you define the feel of a fine sports car on curving roads when it seems to ask for more? That is the feeling you get from the Horizon 2. Being surrounded by a machine that is capable of doing your bidding with just a touch of the controls is what the Horizon 2 is all about.
The Horizon 2 is a very good short soft field aircraft that is equally at home on the hard surface runway. The takeoff roll is very short by anyone’s standard on soft or hard surfaces. You can be airborne in just a few seconds once you apply full throttle. The controls have a very smooth balanced feel to them. They do not require huge amounts of input like most production aircraft. The control response is immediate without being overly sensitive. This is a true airplane in all respect with no bad habits.
The Horizon 2 gives the pilots a positive feel at all speeds but really comes through in slow flight. This will be the time the slotted flats and ailerons will be most apparent enabling the pilot to maintain altitude with less power than normally required. This stability is a safety factor that will only be appreciated as your time builds in the Horizon 2.
The Horizon 2 is capable of doing mild aerobatics when properly executed including: loops, rolls, and spins. Spin recovery is very normal and can be done with minimal loss of altitude. Stalls are very gentle with no tendency to drop a wing as long as the ball is centered. The aircraft recovers immediately with release of the back pressure.
The Horizon 2 lands in a very short distance, even on a hard surface runway. The slotted flaps and ailerons will genuinely be appreciated in landing. The rate of descent will be easily maintained making it almost effortless to land right on the numbers.
Ground handling in the Horizon 2 is not problem with the visibility afforded the pilot. You almost forget you are in a tail-dragger. Even the low time tail-dragger pilot should not have any problems with the Horizon 2 once he had made a few landings.
Flying the Horizon 2 proves that it is as much fun to fly as it is to build!