The battery compartment is easily accessed by a magnetic hatch. This makes a
battery swap fast and easy.
The Spektrum Nanolite AR6310 DSMX receiver is nicely hidden inside this little
compartment. Once you bind it, you shouldn’t need to open it again.
makes the motor system even more efficient. The stock prop pulls 12 ounces
thrust at 110 watts and 9. 9 amps static vs.
the GWS 7035 prop that pulls 14 ounces
of thrust at 100 watts and 8. 9 amps static.
You’ll get more power, longer flight times,
and cooler motor and speed control temps
with the GWS. The spinner does need to
be trimmed slightly for this, and if you
reverse the nut on the prop shaft, the hex
fits right into the hex on the front of the
GWS. I also moved the speed control into
a little bay below the battery where it has
much better cooling.
I really liked the creative color scheme.
The Edge 540QQ looks great and always gets
attention whenever I bring it to the field.
I definitely recommend having high/low
rates with a lot of expo—especially on the
ailerons. They are extremely effective and
it is fun to have full right/left aileron while
performing a downline. That will definitely
attract some attention! This is without a
doubt, my new favorite plane.
Questions for Quique
Horizon’s Quique Somenzini designed
this aircraft, so we were excited to chat
with him about it.
Designer Quique Somenzini throws down a “little” 3D with the Edge 540QQ!
What inspired you to design an aerobatic plane
like this and in the size class?
I wanted to have a plane that was tiny but that
felt bigger in flight and construction logic. The
Edge can manage the wind quite well, can slow
down, and can do great 3D aerobatics. The
visibility is great and the plane can fly in very
small areas, including indoors, but also in a much
larger area. Its construction is similar to what
we use in larger airplanes: hollow wings with
ribs, carbon-fiber spars, a two-piece wing with
joiner, and so forth. All electronic components
are independent, and we included high-speed
digital servos. This gives the plane a great presence and gives our
customers room to experiment. At the end of the day, I was looking for
an explosive, fun, high-powered, stable 3D airplane!
How long has this project been in the design process, and when did the
It is a long process; it takes about 15-18 months from the day you have
the idea until you see it on the market! The idea sparked after I was
“playing” with the micro UM airplanes and the larger Carbon-Z planes
and thought how nice it would be to blend them all together!
Where did you come up with the trim scheme?
My Italian friend Mirco Pecorari from Aircraft Studio designed the trim
scheme. Of course, I have the last word, but he is so talented that I had
a hard time choosing the final design! I always wanted to have a green
airplane, not only to be different but also because of its high visibility.
Why did you choose the Edge 540 and not something else, like the
The swept forward wing, the short tail moment, and the aggressive looks
made the Edge my choice.