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Horizon E-flite X-vert Announcement!! RCGroups.com

RCGroups.com was on the ground at the Horizon offices to get the news on their newest release - the X-vert! They have bridged the gap between a multirotor and a flying wing!

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The X-vert - Is it a flying wing? Is it a multirotor?!

RCGroups.com was excited to be invited to the Horizon offices for the release of one of their newest designs. Horizon developer David Payne has taken RC in a new (and fun) direction. The X-vert is a multirotor that can fly like a wing with a flip of the switch!

Flying Thoughts From Jim T.

I drove in a day early was asked to take the sticks of the X-vert. I have to admit that I have never flow a plane like this. We started out in a conference room. In mode one I was able to take off and fly the X-vert like a multirotor with ease. It was super stable and a lot fun. You could fly this thing around your living room. We then head out the back door to an corn field. I hovered up, flipped the forward flight switch and I was now flying a wing. The wind was really blowing and I didn't think a wing this small would take it, I was wrong. I started out cruising around in stability mode and it could not have been easier. This would be something a new pilot could fly. I then shifted into 3rd (airplane mode with AS3X) and holy smokes! This thing was doing bullet roles at an insane rate and then I kept stopping upright! OOOOHHH so much fun! It does crazy spins and that was just after one pack. Did I like it....YES! Do I want one? I want two. This is a super cool design. Kudos to Horizon and the developers that stepped out of the norm to bring us this craft.

I have not been in the googles with this yet but I'm pretty stoked to see what it's like. I like the idea that I I vertically take off, flip a switch and fly away. It sounds like a perfect FPV craft to me.

From Horizon

The X-VERT VTOL gives you all the fun of a Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft without the need for complex mechanics or programming. It also makes the transition between multirotor and airplane flight as easy as flipping a switch. You can also take your flight experience to a different level using the optional and patent-pending FPV camera and servo-driven mechanism that transition automatically when the X-VERT does (FPV gear sold separately).

Videos

E-flite X-VERT™ VTOL RTF and BNF Basic (4 min 5 sec)

(Skip to 53:02)

Horizon Hobby Press Conference - E-flite X-VERT™ VTOL Announcement (1 hr 16 min 23 sec)

Design

The X-VERT park flyer's simple, tail-sitter design and SAFE stabilization technology allow it to fly like an airplane or a multirotor using nothing more than differential thrust and its elevons. The simplicity of this design also makes the lightweight, EPO airframe remarkably durable.

The light wing loading and efficient aerodynamics inherent in the aircraft's design play a big role in making it easy to fly, especially in airplane mode. Fast or slow, pilots will enjoy smooth, predictable response at any speed.

SAFE Flight Control Software

At the heart of it all is exclusive SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) flight control software that has been expertly tuned so almost any RC pilot can experience the fun of VTOL flight.

Automated Transition

Making the transition between multirotor and airplane flight is as simple as flipping a switch. The flight controller will automatically transition the aircraft from one to the other using SAFE technology to stabilize everything so you can relax and have fun.

3 Flight Modes

The advanced flight control software features three flight modes that, along with the model's light wing loading and efficient aerodynamics, give you a wide range of performance.

Multirotor Stability Mode

This mode allows you to take off and land vertically like a multirotor aircraft. It's also great for indoor flight. In this mode the aircraft's tail remains pointed at the ground while the flight controller uses a combination of differential thrust and elevons to control pitch, bank and rotation. Pitch and bank angles are limited, and SAFE technology will work to keep the model in a stable hover whenever you release the sticks.

Airplane Stability Mode

In this mode the aircraft responds to pitch, roll and yaw commands like a typical airplane. SAFE technology limits pitch and bank angles so new pilots can experience airplane flight without accidentally rolling upside down or losing control. It will also return the wings to level whenever the sticks are released.

Airplane Acro Mode with AS3X® Technology

In Airplane Acro Mode the model becomes an agile, fully aerobatic flying wing. There are no angle limits or self-leveling. The large, long-throw elevons will allow you to perform incredibly tight turns as well as a wide range of aggressive aerobatic maneuvers. And because you have the forward thrust of two brushless motors working for you, there is plenty of speed and power to spare. You can even use the differential thrust of the motors for yaw control to perform wild spinning and tumbling maneuvers.

As you fly, AS3X technology works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence. It feels completely natural, too. It won't interfere with or limit your control in any way. You simply enjoy a sense of stability and precision that makes you feel like you're flying a much bigger aircraft.

FPV Ready

Using the optional and patent-pending FPV camera and servo-driven mechanism that transition automatically when the X-VERT does (FPV gear sold separately).

Features

  • Multirotor versatility and sport plane agility
  • Takes off and lands vertically in small areas
  • Fly slow or fast and perform aerobatics in airplane mode
  • Can be hand launched and belly-landed like a conventional wing
  • Simple tail-sitter design and SAFE technology makes VTOL flying easy
  • Stability and Acro modes that provide a wide range of flight performance
  • Optional and patent-pending FPV camera and servo-driven mechanism (sold separately)
  • 280-size brushless motors compatible with 2S 450-800mAh LiPo batteries
  • Outstanding speed and climb performance
  • Lightweight and extremely durable EPO airframe
  • Colorful decal sheet with multiple trim scheme options
  • Ready to fly within minutes of opening the box
  • Propeller guards and vertical fins that are easy to install or remove
  • Includes a pre-programmed Spektrum DXe transmitter - no setup required
  • Includes a 2S 7.4V 800mAh LiPo battery, DC balancing charger and AC adapter

Included

  • (1) X-VERT VTOL Airplane
  • (1) Spektrum™ DXe DSMX® 2.4GHz Transmitter
  • (1) 3-in-1 Receiver/ESC/Flight Controller Unit
  • (2) BL280 2600Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • (1) 2S 7.4V 800mAh LiPo Flight Battery
  • (1) DC LiPo Balancing Charger with AC Adapter
  • (4) AA Batteries for the Transmitter
  • (4) Decal Sheets
  • (1) User Manual

Links

Learn more and pre-order the X-vert by clicking her.

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Jun 08, 2017, 03:00 PM
Registered User
What's the glide slope like on this? I must have one and I have tons of battery's for it already!
Jun 08, 2017, 03:06 PM
I just wanna fly, fly, fly
Brainstorm's Avatar
Pretty damn cool!

I think I like it better than the previous tilt-rotor design. Plus it's small and light, with prop guards, so super harmless.

Also, it looks like the "magic under the hood" is provided by Yuneec.
Jun 08, 2017, 03:36 PM
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squishy654's Avatar
It looks very delicate and almost disposable, I would love to see durability be a thought in everyone's mind, from designers to testers. You reviewers should be giving us some honest news about how many hits they can take above just one. They touch on it for a few seconds but it's not convincing, let's see video of it "crashing and just being thrown back into the air".
Jun 08, 2017, 03:42 PM
Registered User
Being that it weighs so little and has the fins and prop guards it will probably be plenty durable and survive quite a bit aside from being flown into a wall at high speed.
Jun 08, 2017, 03:47 PM
DFS#000178
Rampage's Avatar
I wonder if the v-stabs provide any stability or if they're basically just it's landing gear.

If it flies well and is truly tail-less (without big drag rudders that are deployed all the time like the LX B-2) that's pretty cool I guess. Opens up some interesting opportunities.

Those guts into a scratch-built YB-35 or N-9MB would be pretty legit.
Jun 08, 2017, 04:36 PM
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Bama3Dr's Avatar
Very cool! This looks great for flying in areas that are too small to takeoff and land with a conventional wing. The next question is when is the larger version coming that will be big enough to carry an OSD, HD camera, and enough battery to fly for at least 10 - 15 minutes.

-Dustin
Jun 08, 2017, 04:40 PM
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Scratchbuildrc's Avatar
that's super cool! I would love to do this to a skywalker x8 and make it carry payloads . Super versatile idea..
Jun 08, 2017, 04:52 PM
LiPo-Sucker & Airframe EMT
pugsam's Avatar
Question for the HH guys:

What can you tell us about how this is packaged/boxed?

A big part of this bird's appeal is that this can fly from unconventional spaces, wherever I happen to find myself.

Does it come in a protective carry-box, with a handle and without significant assembly/disassembly required? (So I can toss it in with travel suitcases, or just keep it in the trunk all the time?)

That would be a huge plus!

Jun 08, 2017, 04:54 PM
Fly Low - Hit Hard
Red Flyer's Avatar
A bit of a handy machine for flying while away from home etc.

I'll take a look at one when they come out.

RF
Jun 08, 2017, 04:59 PM
Registered User
It's cool looking, it flies. It's not an airplane. No interest.
Jun 08, 2017, 05:56 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cornfield
It's cool looking, it flies. It's not an airplane. No interest.
Why post?
Jun 08, 2017, 06:32 PM
Registered User
If a troll falls in the forest and no one hears it, they don't feel like they've accomplished anything.
Jun 08, 2017, 06:49 PM
Registered User
I don't think that it belongs in the airplane forum. Maybe a new forum for "Unusual Flying Toys" would be a better place for this thing.
Jun 08, 2017, 06:57 PM
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chulian1819's Avatar
please 100gr or less, but still brushless <3


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