Above: The Blade 350 QX comes assembled
except for the GoPro vibration isolating mount.
With the included battery and DC Balance
Charger, you can be ready to fly your Blade 350
QX within an hour after opening the box.
Right: All of the electronics are concealed
inside the Blade 350 QX’s body. The only
required access to the aircraft is to install the
3S 2,200 mAh LiPo flight battery, which can
keep the 350 QX aloft for as long as 15 minutes,
depending on how aggressively you fly.
regularly use instead of clips to connect
the charger to a 12-volt power source.
Even better would be to have included
removable clips that could slip onto
the banana plugs for those who wanted
to connect to a 12-volt car battery or
E-flite recommends only charging
its battery at 1C, so when charging the
350 QX battery, turn the current knob
to charge at approximately 2. 2 amps.
Charging a depleted battery will take
roughly 50 to 60 minutes.
When the battery is charging, set up
the Spektrum DX8 to work with the
350 QX. The transmitter settings are
listed on pages 4 and 5 of the included
manual. It covers proper settings for
the Spektrum line of radios from the
DX4 to the top-of-the-line DX18.
Programming the transmitter is simple
and requires roughly 10 minutes.
With the battery fully charged and
the transmitter set up, it is time to
bind the 350 QX to the transmitter
and get ready to take it out for a flight.
By default, the GPS is enabled when
you first bind the transmitter, but there
are instructions to disable it.
As with any GPS/compass-enabled
device I have used, on the first flight you
need to calibrate the compass. Compass
calibration is slightly clumsy and
confusing the first time you do it, and
you need to ensure that you start the
procedure with the front of the aircraft
facing north. If you are accustomed to
a different brand’s procedure, then the
Blade 350 QX’s procedure will at first
have you scratching your head.
The manual discusses flipping the
aircraft in the “east-west axis” then
turning it 45° to the left and flipping
it again, and so on. The best way to
understand how to calibrate the compass
is to watch the short video located on
the Blade 350 QX Web page. After you
have successfully calibrated the compass
one time, it will no longer be confusing.
Why do you need to calibrate the
compass? For good performance and
GPS flight, the aircraft needs to know
where north is. Strong magnetic fields
Type: Electric-powered BNF or
Skill level: Beginner to advanced pilot
Rotor diameter: 22. 8 inches
Length: 18. 3 inches
Flying weight: 24 ounces
Height: 5. 43 inches
Radio: RTF: DX5e five-channel
(included); BNF: DSM2/
Motors: Four 1, 100 Kv brushless
outrunner motors (installed)
ESCs: Four 10-amp brushless ESCs
Power: 3S 11.1-volt 2,200 mAh 30C
Charger: 2S-3S LiPo Balancing
DC Charger, 0. 5-3 amps
Accessories: GoPro anti-vibration camera
Flight time: 10-15 minutes
Price: RTF: $469.99; BNF: $419.99
• Fully assembled and quick to get in the air.
• Included camera mount is an economical
way to get into aerial photography.
• Extremely easy to fly in Smart Mode; great
for beginning pilots.
• GPS-enabled safety features such as SAFE
Circle and Return Home functions.
• Many advanced features at a decent price.
• Ability to calibrate components such as
compass, accelerometer, and pressure
• Exceptional instructional videos available
• Great post-purchase technical support and
• Manual is confusing in places (watching
• Except at low altitude, it can be difficult to
see on a cloudy or clear day.
• Orientation LEDs are useless during bright
• Reports of a few “flyaways” (although
none experienced with this unit).
AT A GLANCE ...
56 Model Aviation M AY 2014