Horizon Hobby Blade Inductrix Switch Air RTF

A Micro Drone and an RC Plane in One! Check out the Blade Inductrix Switch Air.

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Introduction

Length: 160mm
Wingspan: 350mm
Weight: 27g
Battery: 1s 150mAH
Materials: EPO Foam
Available at: Horizon Hobby
Price: RTF $59.99 / BNF $49.99

The Inductrix Switch began by offering a single unit that could switch between a drone and a hovercraft. It's like getting two different RC craft. Blade has expanded the offering with the Switch Air.

It's an airplane and a quadcopter and you can even purchase the hovercraft base and skirt separately for 3 times the fun. The Switch Air is unique and priced affordably, so let's dive in and see what it's all about.

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What's in the Box

  • Inductrix Switch Air
  • 2.4Ghz Transmitter
  • 1S 150mAH LiPo Battery
  • 1S Lipo Battery Charger (USB)
  • Instruction Manual

Wing Mode

The Inductrix Switch Air comes out of the box with the wing already attached and ready to fly in Wing Mode. The rear motors are tilted up and there are two flight modes available. The default is Beginner mode with simplified controls. The left stick on the transmitter will only control throttle. The right stick is used for directional control. You can move forwards and backwards like a drone with the elevator stick. Moving the aileron stick left and right combines yaw and roll for turning.

You can push down on the right stick like a button to switch to Expert mode. In Expert mode, the controls are just like any other quadcopter drone. The left stick is used for yaw and throttle and the right is used for forward/backward and left/right roll. Keep in mind that in both Expert and Beginner mode, there are bank and roll limits and it will auto-level when you return the control sticks to center. You cannot do aerobatics in Wing Mode.

While it mostly flys similar to a drone in Wing Mode, it can pick up some speed with full forward input. If you have a larger space, you can really get it moving. You can also fly it in very small spaces as well.

Quadcopter Mode

To switch from Wing mode to Quadcopter mode you need to remove the drone from the wing. The front motors are held on with Velcro and are easy to remove from the wing. Then you need to slide down on the rear motors to remove them from the plastic mount, remove the mount and install the motors into the normal quadcopter position. Before flying, you need to power on the drone and use a stick command of putting both sticks into the bottom outside corners for 3 seconds to tell the flight controller to switch to quadcopter mode.

Now it flies just the little inductrix quad you know and love. There are two flight modes available here as well, Stability mode and Agility mode. Stability mode offers auto leveling and bank limits making it easy to fly. Agility mode allows you to do aerobatics. If you want to switch back to Wing mode, it just takes a minute and another stick command on the transmitter.

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Final Thoughts

Flying around in Air Mode with the wing attached is my favorite and how I imagine most will choose to fly theirs. It's really easy and you can fly it anywhere. You do not need a big space, although more room will allow you to get more forward speed. I do think it looks great flying around and it is easier to see and follow. The foam can be damaged if you run into obstacles with speed, but it will handle a little abuse. It is flexible and should hold up well, but don't let a dog or a young child get ahold of it. This could certainly be your first drone and it is nice having options to switch between Wing and Quadcopter mode in seconds. Flight times vary depending on which mode and how you fly, but you can expect 3-5 minutes. Batteries are affordable so stock up for plenty of flight time. The bottom line here is for $59, it's a fun toy to keep around your house.

Check out the Blade Inductrix Switch Air RTF webpage here

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Oct 07, 2019, 10:34 AM
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This item has been discontinued, but we wanted to post the review anyway for those who have one or pick one up used.

UPDATE: You can actually still purchase it here https://www.horizonhobby.com/inductr...air-p-blh8300c
Oct 08, 2019, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for the review, Jason. Bummer that it's been discontinued already.

Hope this means that a brushless micro wing is coming as v2.
Oct 08, 2019, 09:13 AM
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Hope this means there's a big FPV version coming! Great review though thanks for posting it.
Oct 08, 2019, 02:17 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason Cole
This item has been discontinued
Didn't it only come out earlier this year??
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Oct 08, 2019, 05:02 PM
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I had been eyeing this for awhile but if it’s already been discontinued that is really disappointing. Hasn’t even been out a year yet.
Oct 08, 2019, 05:19 PM
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Ah! It looks like you can still get it in a combo with the hovercraft. Here’s the link https://www.horizonhobby.com/inductr...air-p-blh8300c
Oct 09, 2019, 05:59 PM
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They're a lot of fun, but I think that a lot of people didn't like it because they're really aimed at the beginner quad flyer. They have angle limits, and aren't able to be tuned like many of the other "whoop" category quads.

Where I think they're great is for those people who are wanting to learn to fly quads. Visually, the wing gives orientation, so you can see where the nose and sides are when you spin. If you're starting out, that is probably one of the HARDEST things to figure out, flying a quad line of sight. It hovers great, rolls left and right fairly easily, but you have to learn to keep the turns and such gentle while flying in "airplane" mode, or else the gyro freaks out and the wing will "fall" out of the sky (mine will wobble like crazy with oscillations) due to the prop wash.

Is it fun? HECK yes. Is it for everyone? No. It's never going to fly like a TinyWhoop quad; it's not meant to. But it's just one of those crossovers for people to jump into quads easily.
Oct 10, 2019, 12:34 AM
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Didn't it only come out earlier this year??

I do also remember seeing this announced before, and looking to be a promising idea, that might appeal to a few people, trying to be the best of both worlds, and succeeding somewhat in that.
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Yesterday, 09:38 PM
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Been a while since I've flown mine, so played with it some yesterday.
Didn't remember it being this much fun, so will probably fly it more often on bad weather, stay inside days.


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