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Horizon debuts AS3X

By Tim Kidwell
Published: October 31, 2011
Horizon Hobby unveiled a new technology for ultra-micro planes at the 2011 iHobby Expo. The AS3X (Artificial Stability [over] 3 Axis) system compensates for external forces that act on aircraft, such as wind and propeller torque, helping the craft fly truer than it would otherwise.

Horizon says it's not, however, an autopilot or self-correcting application to help pilots keep their aircraft from crashing.

Company spokespersons Jen Lee and Mike McConville said AS3X gives radio-control pilots flying ultra-micro planes an experience very close to flying larger machines. It also allows the smaller versions of larger 3D aerobats to perform maneuvers that they couldn't have before.

AS3X is incorporated into the airplane's receiver as a factory installation. Just bind a DSM2/DSMX transmitter to the model and flyers are ready to go.

Horizon is introducing three ultra-micro models with the AS3X system onboard: The Beast 3D (No. EFLU4850), Hyper Taxi (No. EFLU4780), and Gee Bee R2 (No. EFLU4580). The company says AS3X won't dramatically affect the price of aircraft equipped with it. There are no plans to introduce the AS3X for larger-scale aircraft at this time.