Horizon Hobby E-flite Air Tractor 1.5m BNF Basic with AS3X and SAFE Select

Horizon has a great looking scale model that is fun and easy to fly. The Air Tractor can be flown off of a runway or off of the grass with equal ease and takes either 3 or 4 cell batteries.



Wingspan: 59 in (1499 mm)
Length: 38.5" (977.9mm)
Wing Area: 472 sq in (30.5 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 62-67 oz (1757-1900g)
Receiver: Spektrumô AR637TA 6-Channel (installed)
Motor: 10 size brushless outrunner 800Kv (installed)
ESC: 50A (installed)
Prop Size: 3-Blade 11 x 7.5
Battery: 2200 - 3200mAh 3S - 4S (sold separately)
Available From: Horizon Hobby
Price: $269.99

Horizon has done it again! They have another good looking and great flying model for us to enjoy. This time it's an Agricultural icon and suitable for everyday fun flying by a wide variety of pilots of varying skills.

Horizon has come through with a great looking scale model that is fun and easy to fly. It can be flown off of runways or grass with equal ease and takes either 3 or 4 cell batteries.

Follow along with Mike as he builds and flies this great looking electric airplane.

What's in the Box

  • Fuselage with motor, esc, lights and servos installed
  • Wing with servos and lights installed
  • Horizontal stabilizers
  • Aluminum landing gear with wheels installed
  • Carbon support rods for wing and horizontal stabilizer
  • 11x7.5 3-blade prop and spinner
  • Accessory bag
  • Manual


The Air Tractor comes in a well protected package. Each part is nested in a secure foam insert and mine came in without any sign of damage from shipping. The assembly is done without the need for any glue and only requires a couple of Phillips screwdrivers. It is advisable to have a very small screwdriver for some of the work. This is one place where the total beginner might not have the proper tools available. The instructions cover most of the assembly quite well, but the tail wheel assembly installation is overlooked. It's not at all difficult but I will go over it for anyone that might have questions.

The wings have the plugs for the Ailerons, Flaps and Lights pre-mounted in the root of the wing panel which greatly reduces the work load when assembling the airplane at the flying field. Simply slide the wing panel in place and add the 2 screws for each panel to secure it.

The slotted flaps are large and have hinges that move the flaps back as well as down.

Let's take a look at the tail wheel installation. The tail wheel is steerable and incorporates springs to absorb shocks from driving over rough ground and it protects the rudder servo from damage. The below photos show the steps in installing the tail wheel.

The horizontal stabilizer installation is very straight forward

The landing gear is stout with large hard foam wheels. They mount to the bottom of the fuselage with 2 screws. The Air Tractor can be flown with a variety of landing gear options. Horizon offers a set of floats for water flying and the Air Tractor fuselage is already set up with the appropriate mounting points pre-installed. Horizon also offers a ski set for the Air Tractor for flying off of snow, making this an all season flyer.

Battery Options and CG


I flew the Air Tractor in a variety of weather conditions from calm to moderately windy (15-20mph). The airplane handled it all without complaint. Not surprisingly the airplane was a little more stable in high wind with the heavier battery pack. Regardless of pack size, AS3X worked behind the scenes to smooth out the bumps and turbulence and made the flight generally more enjoyable without ever feeling like it is imposing. Horizon generously supplied 3 different battery packs for this review, a 4S 2200mAh, a 3S 3200mAh and a 4S 3200mAh. I balanced the airplane with each of the packs and marked the location for easy battery placement without guessing. The interior of the aircraft is huge and I'm sure that even larger packs could be used without modification and the airframe is capable of lifting the weight without a problem. When flying with the 3S 3200mAh pack the performance was very good. If all you have is 3S batteries, this will still be a good flying model for you. The addition of one more cell does up the game a bit however.

The best vertical performance (pretty much unlimited) was with the lighter 4S 2200mAh pack. Long knife edge passes are easily possible as well. The 4S 3200mAh worked nearly equally well with perhaps a slower vertical but still capable of long knife edge flight. Inverted was no problem either. While none of these things are scale, they are still fun to do. One more thing that should not go unmentioned are the lights. The Air Tractor has wing tip position lights, strobes and two very bright landing lights in the nose cowl. I had the chance to fly it near dusk and it was easy to keep oriented and looked great in the darkening skies. It's difficult to capture the airplane in ever darkening skies but there are several photos in these conditions below. Getting tack sharp images under these conditions is difficult so please judge the results accordingly.

Take Offs

Ground handling is great, the gear is wide enough for easy maneuvering. With the flaps set to the take off position the Air Tractor will be in the air in 20-30 feet with partial throttle. With nearly full throttle you can be airborne in just a few feet. Not very scale but handy at times.


The Air Tractor BNF comes with the AR637TA 6-channel sport receiver with AS3X and SAFE Select. The AS3X is active all the time and provides added stability without ever interfering with the pilots control of the aircraft. When SAFE Select is initiated an added level of control can be turned on for those that are learning or want the back up that SAFE provides. As I mentioned before, the Air Tractor can be flown with a variety of battery pack options. The included 50A ESC is robust enough that no changes are required when moving from 3S to 4S packs. Another great value is the metal gear servos that are used throughout.


If you get the urge to do some aerobatics, the Air Tractor is ready when you are. With the lighter 4S 2200mAh pack the Air Tractor can do pretty much anything that your imagination can come up with. Loops, rolls, snap rolls and inverted flight are no problem. Knife edge is within its performance envelope too, but there is a little coupling that requires some elevator input to straighten things out. This is not an all out 3D machine, it's a sport aerobatic model that you can have some real fun with.


The flaps on the Air Tractor are quite effective and slow the model down for easy landings. I did not find that I needed to mix any elevator compensation with the flaps. The wheels are a bit hard so making a smooth landing requires a bit more concentration. I have seen several posts where other pilots have swapped out the wheels for some air wheels and they seemed pleased with the results. The wheels are large enough that landing on grass (where the hard wheels are less noticeable) is an easy process. The airplane rolled through some relatively tall grass with no tendency to nose over.


I think that a beginner could, with a little help, be successful flying the Air Tractor. Take offs and flying are very easy, but the landings might need a little more help. Horizon has gone a long way toward helping new pilots with AS3X and SAFE, making the process of learning easier on the pocket book.



Flying at Dusk Photos


For its great looks alone the Air Tractor is an easy recommendation. But add to that its great flying ability and versatility and it is a great choice to add to your hanger.

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Last edited by Jim T. Graham; Jan 12, 2021 at 11:41 AM..
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Dec 14, 2020, 02:21 PM
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Glad to see the Air Tractor get a review, nice work! My high time flyer this year, hit the sweet spot for subjects I enjoy, size, and scale to sport flying.
Dec 15, 2020, 01:52 PM
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I like the airplane but I suppose it is a non-starter for me. I already own motors, servos, receivers, stabilizers so I don't need any of those things. What I don't own is a Spectrum transmitter and I can't justify buying a new transmitter just so I can buy an airplane with a lot of features that I don't need. If the plane was available as a basic airframe only, I might be much more interested.

Dec 16, 2020, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by TPfingston
If the plane was available as a basic airframe only, I might be much more interested.Tony
You could probably "build" one from buying spareparts, but that usually ends up beeing almost as expensive as the pnp model anyway. But in case you didnt know, you can get it in plug'n play version and add your own reciever, you dont have to get a Spektrum tx to fly it.
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Dec 23, 2020, 10:21 PM
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im not saying this is bad but for once can I see a bad review ? I know its hard to piss of someone like horizon but they do have many planes in the past that flew like dogs. first icon plane for example .

this plane looks great however
Dec 23, 2020, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by brownegg24am
im not saying this is bad but for once can I see a bad review ? I know its hard to piss of someone like horizon but they do have many planes in the past that flew like dogs. first icon plane for example .

this plane looks great however
Sorry as Iím not going to be able to help you with a bad review. The Air Tractor is just a great all around flyer be it on wheels or floats.

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Dec 26, 2020, 10:32 AM
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I have mine put together and waiting to go for a nice day. How the parts fit in the box is an engineering marvel. My only complaint is the hardware on these. The screw heads are too soft and there is no way anyone could put the plane together and take it apart more than once. The plane is beautiful and can't wait to see against a bright blue sky and at dusk with the lights. Wonder what plane is coming next?

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