Joe Ambrose, Horizon Hobby's CEO, Passes Away at 61

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On January 7th, Horizon Hobby took to Facebook to announce the unexpected passing of their CEO, Joe Ambrose, at the age of 61. While we didn’t always agree with the actions Horizon took under his leadership, Joe left an indelible imprint on the hobby industry and we send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the whole of Horizon Hobby for their loss. Obviously, it’s too soon for Horizon to have publicly discussed a candidate for the position of CEO, but we expect that to happen in the near future. In the meantime, according to Horizon’s Facebook post, “[t]he executive leadership of Horizon Hobby will work closely with their board of directors during the transition”.

Check out the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette for a retrospective of Joe’s life and impact.

 

Horizon Announces Inductrix Switch... Is It Cool?

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The rigid molded plastic of the main quad frame is extremely durable and able to take bumps and crashes. If you do end of cracking the frame, the removable and replaceable ducts make it easy to swap one out without having to replace the whole frame — something owners of previous Inductrix models will surely appreciate. Additionally, conformal coated electronics make the Inductrix Switch splash proof! Land, sea, air... the Inductrix Switch looks like it can handle them all.

The Inductrix Switch is due out in late September, and it will sell as an RTF (Ready-to-Fly/Float) for just $79.99. Will this be the ultimate R/C Christmas gift this year? Is the concept cool? What do you think of this new R/C product? Let us know on our Facebook page.

Today Horizon released information on the brand new Blade Inductrix Switch, a hybrid quadcopter and hovercraft. If features unique snap-in modular design, quickly transforming from a hovercraft to a drone in seconds — no tools are required. The Inductrix Switch has multiple control schemes, one for drone operation, and two for the hovercraft. The molded EPP foam skirt offers solid durability when inevitably bumping into walls, doors, or sliding around outside, and EPP’s anti-dent features will keep the foam skirt looking like-new long after you take it out of the box.

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Blade Ozone Drone Flies In

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With the popular but flawed Dromida Vista now discontinued, we needed a great beginner, outdoor drone to sell — and Blade answered the call. The new Blade Ozone is a remix of the very solid Blade mQX and Blade 180QX from years ago. Proving that good ideas never die, the folks at Blade have made the platform relevant again. It flies very well, and it's simple design emphasizes the Ozone's durability.

The Ozone is Ready-to-Fly out of the box — just charge the battery and take off! The drone sells for $99.99, and extra batteries are available for purchase at just $14.99. Stop in and ask for a demonstration today!

David managed to get the Ozone stuck...

David managed to get the Ozone stuck...

...but rescued it a few minutes later.

...but rescued it a few minutes later.

New Domida Ocular Drone In Stock

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Dromida's newest drone has arrived on our shelves. The Ocular is an update of the Hovershot, and it improves on the previous drone with the inclusion of their new Optical Flow and Altitude Hold tech. The drone will now maintain a semi-stable hover when you let off the sticks, using a camera looking down to "lock on" to the ground below it.

The Dromida Ocular runs $99.99 for the ready-to-fly package. Just add your smartphone and download the free app and you're all set!

Dromida is not sold online and is available at participating hobby shops only. Stop in and pick on up!

Horizon's Foam Frenzy is Back - Save Up to $30

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Dozens of Horizon Hobby's R/C airplanes are on sale through April 30th, including some of the airplanes we have on clearance in the store — a double savings! Check out the list below, and stop in to save your hard earned cash and still walk out with an R/C airplane!

UMX Aero-Commander BNF Basic

UMX Aero-Commander BNF Basic

Save $15 On These Airplanes

  • UMX Radian BNF
  • UMX PT-17 BNF
  • UMX Whipit DLG BNF Basic
  • UMX P-47 BL BNF Basic
  • UMX P-51 Bl BNF Basic
  • UMX J-3 Cub BL BNF Basic
  • UMX Yak 54 3D BNF Basic
  • UMX A-10 BL BNF Basic
  • UMX P3 Revolution BNF Basic
  • UMX Pitts S-1S BNF Basic
  • UMX Waco BL BNF-Basic
  • UMX B-25 BNF Basic
  • UMX Cessna 182 BNF Basic
  • UMX Aero-Commander BNF Basic*
  • UMX Vapor Lite HP BNF Basic

Save $30 On These Airplanes

  • E-Flite Apprentice S 15e BNF
  • PT-17 1.1m BNF Basic
  • Radian BNF Basic
  • Commander mPd 1.4m BNF Basic
  • Radian XL 2.6m BNF Basic
  • Timber 1.5m BNF Basic
  • ICON A5 1.3m BNF Basic
  • Cirrus SR-22T 1.5M BNF Basic*
  • Brave Night Flyer BNF Basic
  • NIGHTvisionaire BNF Basic
  • P-51D Mustang 1.2m BNF Basic
  • T-28 1.2m BNF Basic
  • P-47 1.2m BNF Basic
  • F4U-4 Corsair 1.2M BNF Basic
  • Spitfire Mk XIV 1.2M BNF Basic
  • AT-6 1.5m BNF Basic
  • Sukhoi SU-29MM (Gen 2) BNF Basic
  • Ultimate 2 BNF Basic
  • Opterra 2M Wing BNF Basic
E-Flite's Cirrus SR-22T 1.5M BNF Basic

E-Flite's Cirrus SR-22T 1.5M BNF Basic

*Indicates item is on clearance; coupon is eligible even with clearance price!