Fisher Horizon

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Horizon 1 & 2
Role Kit aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Fisher Flying Products
First flight 1990 (Horizon 1)
1991 (Horizon 2)
Introduction 1990 (Horizon 1)
1991 (Horizon 2)
Number built Horizon 1 - 55 (2011)
Horizon 2 - 40 (2011)[1]

The Fisher Horizon is a family of Canadian two-seats-in-tandem, conventional landing gear, single-engined, high-wing monoplane kit aircraft designed for construction by amateur builders. The Horizon 1 was inspired by the Aeronca Champion and its later version, the Bellanca Citabria, while the Horizon 2 was inspired by the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Fisher Flying Products was originally based in Edgeley, North Dakota, USA but the company is now located in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada.[2][3][4][5][6]

Development[edit]

The Horizon 1 was designed by Fisher Aircraft in the United States in 1990, with the Horizon 2 following the next year. Both were intended to comply with the US Experimental - Amateur-built category, although both types qualify as ultralight aircraft in some countries, such as Canada. They also qualify as US Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.[3][5][6]

The construction of the Horizon is of wood, with the wings, tail and fuselage covered with doped aircraft fabric. The aircraft features "V" struts, jury struts and a modified GA (W)-2 airfoil. The Horizon's main landing gear uses bungee suspension. The company claims an amateur builder can complete either aircraft from the kit in 600 hours.[2][3][5][6]

The specified engines for the Horizon include the 65 hp (48 kW) or 85 hp (63 kW) Limbach Flugmotoren Volkswagen air-cooled engine–based four-stroke or the Lycoming O-235.[2][3][5][6]

Variants[edit]

Horizon 1
Two-seat tandem high-wing STOL aircraft with no rear window, flaps and swept tail. Standard empty weight is 520 lb (236 kg) when equipped with a 65 hp (48 kW) Limbach Flugmotoren engine and it has a gross weight of 1,050 lb (476 kg). Fifty-five examples flying by 2011.[1][2][5]
Horizon 2
Two-seat tandem high-wing STOL aircraft with a rear window, slotted flaps and ailerons and rounded tail. Standard empty weight is 570 lb (259 kg) when equipped with a 85 hp (63 kW) Limbach Flugmotoren engine and it has a gross weight of 1,050 lb (476 kg). Forty examples flying by 2011.[1][2][6]

Specifications Horizon 1)[edit]

Data from Company website, AeroCrafter & Kitplanes[2][3][4][5]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 54. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Downey, Julia: Kit Aircraft Directory 2005, Kitplanes, Volume 21, Number 12, December 2004, page 59. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d e f Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 159. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  4. ^ a b c Kitplanes Staff: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 49. Primedia Publications. IPM 0462012
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Fisher Flying Products (n.d.). "Horizon 1". Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Fisher Flying Products (n.d.). "Horizon 2". Retrieved 2009-10-27. 

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