Monday, October 28, 2013

700 X Video Build Series

Our good friend and Team Horizon pilot, Edsel Labao, has put together a really nice build series on the 700 X.

Part 1 Rotor head assembly - http://youtu.be/Xxe3kNHF3pM
Part 2 Frame assembly - http://youtu.be/z60zVlZ-Oc4
Part 3 Tail Assembly and Final wrap up - http://youtu.be/YdYPbKbB2jE


 Great work Edsel!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

180 QX HD - Fun Flying Camera-Quad with SAFE!

Introducing the Blade 180 QX HD, the newest eye in the sky from Blade!

Not only have we taken the extremely popular mQX and completely changed its flying characteristics for the better by adding SAFE technology, we've added a 720p camera in the box that you can control from the transmitter!

The Blade 180 QX Features the EFC-720 camera from E-Flite. This camera comes out of the box with a 2GB SD card and is capable of shooting software enhanced 720p video or taking 1.3mp photos! We have been getting around 30 minutes of video or 15,000 photos with the included card. Of course, you can expand the camera to a 32GB card if you wish too!

This camera can be completely controlled by the RTF transmitter or your Spektrum transmitter. Stop and start video and even take photos right from the transmitter. Switch between modes by holding the trigger for 4 seconds and the camera will swap into video mode. Hold it for 4 seconds again and it will jump into photo mode. The next really nice feature about the camera is that it can be removed and placed on any other model you choose. Got an open receiver channel? Yep, you can control it on another platform! Oh did we mention it has a microphone too?



The flight characteristics are extremely improved due to SAFE technology. Flown the Nano QX? Yea, the 180 QX flys just as good. Flat pirouettes, crisp flight control and the dual stability mode is pretty nice too. High-Angle Stability and Low-Angle Stability give the pilot two self leveling modes to choose from. Less bank angle provides a smoother flight envelope for filming. If you have the desire for aerobatics, Agility mode is perfect for you guys out there that just want to do some fun quadcopter aerobatics.



If you've flown or owned the mQX, the 180 QX is truely a step up in overall performance and the parts transfer over! There are only 4 new parts for the 180 QX HD.

We expect to start shipping this December. Just in time for the holidays!



Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Nano QX ROCKS!

If you are looking for a small quad copter that can be flown by just about anyone, you should check out the new Blade Nano QX. with SAFE technology, the Nano QX comes standard with two flight modes that will surely make it appeal to a variety of piloting skills . Stability mode limits the Nano QX from any adverse attitude and will not allow the model to flip upside down. This mode also features self level which will level the model back out when the sticks are released! Agility mode opens up the Nano QX to aerobatics such as loops, rolls and flips! If you have flown the mQX, Agility mode will be what you are used to flying in.

The Nano QX is available in BNF for $69.99 or RTF for $89.99 and will be available in June 2013

Check it out guys!!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Blade 550 X Video Build Series

Check out this incredibly helpful video build series from Edsel Labao of Team Horizon Heli.

Part 1 Introduction and Tools required for the build - http://youtu.be/RJikJur3Qbs
Part 2 Rotorhead assembly - http://youtu.be/P-aVz7pBYPM
Part 3 Frame assembly - http://youtu.be/vZpYuKX8XZM
Part 4 Tail Assembly - http://youtu.be/cVZK_p7OMeg
Part 5 Wrap up and Flight video - http://youtu.be/M54iCeeCds8



Friday, February 8, 2013

E-fest Weekend! and Juan Pablo Montoya and his custom 550 X!

This weekend Blade will be attending the E-Fest indoor event where we will have our pilots flying all our newest products including the mCP X BL from Blade! The new CX4 will be on display as well for your viewing pleasure and many of our Team Horizon Pilots will be in attendance to help you with any questions you may have. If you are in the area, come say hi to the Horizon Team!

E-fest information: http://www.hobbico-efest.com/



Recently Juan Pablo Montoya, F-1 and NASCAR driver and Horizon Team pilot built a brand new 550 X and has been loving it! His custom canopy looks pretty sharp too!


Follow Juan on Twitter @jpmontoya



Don't forget to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bladehelis!


See you next time!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A New Era...

This is an extremely exciting time for the Blade team and our fans! We are about to embark on a new era that not only will change the face of Blade but will shake the industry up too! Although little information is currently available we urge you to join our Facebook page to keep up with the news about this new announcement. 

We will have another update about this new era for blade later this week, but for now we just wanted to let the world know that we have something up our sleeve! Keep an eye out for something cool from us in the very near future.

See you in Orlando!

Steve Petrotto
Blade Brand Manager

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Winners of the 500 X Invitational!






Congratulations to the winners of the Blade 500 X Invitational!

1st Place: Clay Payne
2nd Place: Jordan Horwitz
3rd Place: Sergio Marachilian

Thanks for all the applications and those who flew in the contest!

AMA Headquarters, Muncie, Indiana; Horizon Hobby and Blade helicopters are excited to introduce the winner of the Blade 500X invitational, Clay Payne from Dayton, Ohio. Pilots from around the world submitted YouTube videos for consideration and five finalists were selected and invited to compete with the brand new Blade 500X. All entrants were non-sponsored pilots who made their own way to the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree, and had less than 24 hours to get the helicopter out of the box and find their comfort zone with it before the contest. The largest model aircraft event worldwide with over 1000 registered pilots, the IRCHA Jamboree attracts the best pilots from all corners of the planet for 5 days of intense heli action! Whether you want to fly with the best, go for a world speed record, or see the most impressive scale machines, IRCHA has it all!
With the flight line packed with Pro pilots from around the world, the intimidation factor was high for the 5 finalists who flew in the Blade 500X invitational. Each pilot was provided with a Spektrum DX18 transmitter and a Blade 500X to compete with, and the top three competitors took home impressive prizes. Top prize was a DX18 and a Blade 500X, second prize was a Blade 500X, and third prize was a DX18. All of the contestants put in great performances that made judging difficult and different flying styles also complicated the judge’s job.
Pilot order was decided at random, and Adam Lasker ended up with the honor and challenge of kicking off the contest. His flight was full of complicated pirouetting maneuvers, funnels and precision, with most of his flying done at a higher altitude. Next up was Clay Payne, and his flight really highlighted the 500X’s capabilities with edgy, low, aggressive performance. Sergio Marachilian flew some very difficult maneuvers including four point tic-tocks, pirouetting flips with reversals, and he finished the flight with an autorotation. Jordan Horwitz looked in his element with a big smile despite the nerves and good choreography to compliment his skills. Jordan did some ground hops to the music as part of his routine that made the mid-sized Blade 500X look like it was ready to pounce. Pete Guzewich finished the lineup with a flight that was off to a great start with backward rolls and some great looking piro maneuvers, but unfortunately Pete put his 500X in for a dirt nap at the end of a great looking flipping hurricane. Despite his crash, Pete had a jovial attitude and commented the only thing wrong with the 500X was himself. Don’t be so hard on yourself Pete, you were a great sport and put in a great performance!
In the end, Clay’s flight took the cake with his pop and lock style and low smack; his flight was well choreographed with different tempo music and his flying changed tempo to keep the beat. Clay can now claim he’s the champion of the Blade 500X invitational. This young man is likely to work his way into the contest scene, and now he’s got a brand new Blade 500X and a Spektrum DX18 to help him get there!